Hi, I'm John Downes,
one of only
300 Masters of wine in the world...

I'm on a mission...
to make wine simple.

Expert Wine Taster MY CARTOON VIDEO WILL TELL YOU HOW.

 


John is one of the few wine experts who, when in full flow, doesn’t have me reaching for a wine bottle to smash over his head
Adrian Chiles, TV Presenter.

What I Do

If you think wine is all about bow ties, monocles, musty cellars and wine snobs, think again. I serve up a no nonsense, fresh and fun approach to make wine simple to understand and easy to enjoy.

Corporate Entertainment

After Dinner Speaking & Wine Events.
Conference & Keynote speaking.
Team Building & Motivation Events.

Television & Radio

BBC, Sky, CNN, CNBC, BBC FiveLive,
Radio 2 and Radio 4

Writing & Journalism

Newspapers, Magazines & Online

Wine Consultancy

I help hotels, restaurants, airlines and cruise lines make the right wine choice to add value and enhance client enjoyment.

Wine Courses

I run the wine courses at Gordon Ramsay's Culinary Academy helping the new generation of international chefs crack the wine code.

John Downes - Master Wine TasterJohn Downes - Master Wine Taster

Click here to find out what a Master of Wine is.

To John, wine is a way of life and there's nothing he doesn't know about posh plonk
Julia Bradbury, TV Presenter.

PRIORITY WINE.

REACHING SPANISH WINE HEIGHTS. With the Confit Pork with crisp crackling, John recommends …………. PRIORAT 2011. ‘Taste the Difference’. (£11.00, Sainsbury’s).                    The next time you visit Barcelona get yourself into the mountainous vineyard region of Priorat; a short drive from this beautiful city. More importantly get […]

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POUILLY WHAT WINE!

POUILLY FUME or POUILLY FUISSE? What’s the difference? As I stood at the bar in my village pub this week one of my mates came over and whispered in my ear (can’t tell you his name, he shouldn’t have been there), “I was at dinner down the road yesterday and they were discussing which wine […]

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JUST BRILL’ CHILEAN CHARDONNAY.

CHARDONNAY; UNOAKED & UNASHAMED. With the Buttered brill, John recommends …………. UNOAKED CHARDONNAY 2012. Estate Series. Errazuriz. (£9.99, Tesco, Bargain Booze).                    I recently hosted a couple of wine dinners in Sydney and it was interesting to see how Australian wine enthusiasts are moving away from the […]

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