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.

FRANCIACORTA; THE SPARKLING DASHING ITALIAN.

JOIN THE DASH TO FRANCIACORTA. With the Seabass and warm tartare sauce, John recommends …………. FRANCIACORTA 2008. Azienda Agricola Fratelli Berlucchi Brut. £22.00, (Vini Italiani, S.W.7; www.italianwines.com)                   There’s been a buzz in the Wine Trade press recently about the growth of Franciacorta sales in the U.K., […]

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SHORTLISTING RIESLING.

OZ RIESLING KANGAROOS BACK. With the Raspberry macarons, John recommends …………. RIESLING 2012. THE SHORTLIST. Eden Valley. McGuigan. (£15.00 Tesco online).                Every year without fail somebody, somewhere, tells me that this is the year for Riesling, “just you watch, it’ll take our wine shelves by storm”. It never […]

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CHIANTI GNOCCHIO.

CLASSICO CHIANTI MEETS CLASSIC GNOCCHI. With the Parmesan gnocchi, John recommends …………. CHIANTI CLASSICO 2009. Riserva. Piccini. (£11.49, Morrisons). Thanks to one amazing lunch a few years ago, Gnocchi recipes send my thoughts flying to Tuscany in central Italy, the home of Chianti. The Italians make their wines to accompany their wonderful dishes and the […]

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