ENJOYING WINE ... THE JOHN DOWNES' WAY. Corporate EntertainmentWith 20 years experience as an after dinner speaker and wine entertainer, I host corporate and private wine events from London to Sydney; always blending fun, laughter, learning and of course, tasting great wines. Team BuildingMy wine themed team building and motivation events promote leadership, bonding, communication skills and team performance, leaving the participants with a wealth of wine knowledge for future business and social occasions. TV and RadioFrom BBC2 to Radio 4, CNN to Talk Radio and SKY to 5Live, I keep wine simple to boost viewers' and listeners' understanding and enjoyment of wine. Wine ConsultancyAfter helping hotels, restaurants, airlines and cruise lines make the right wine choice, I now create 'Personal Selection' wine lists for restaurants and hotels to simplify choice, enhance the dining experience and boost sales. Wine CoursesMy action and wine packed one day and three day wine courses are a speciality; after travelling the world's vineyards you'll walk away a wine expert! Writing and JournalismThank goodness the boring 'vineyard-grape-shopping list' articles are being rejected by editors; sadly however, nothing has emerged to take their place. But, it doesn't have to be that way; there's a great story out there and exciting ways to tell it. That's what I do! LATEST NEWS 21 May 2015 WHAT’S YOUR DEATH BED WINE? 21st May 2015 admin Uncategorised WHITE BURGUNDY DOESN'T ALWAYS MEAN A SECOND MORTGAGE! Thinking about my death bed wine! Sorry to be morbid but what’s your ‘death bed’ wine;...Read More 21 May 2015 WINE LISTS. OH DEAR! 21st May 2015 admin Uncategorised WINE LIST HELL. We’ve all been there. You’re shown to your table. You’re feeling good. Then the wine waiter appears with the wine lis...Read More 19 May 2015 GIVE ASTI ANOTHER CHANCE! 19th May 2015 admin Uncategorised With the Rhubarb and Custard pots, John recommends ……. Asti Moscato Bianco NV. Martini. (£7.75, Asda). I can already see the r...Read More 7 May 2015 MY WINES OF THE WEEK. 7th May 2015 admin Uncategorised Rioja Reserva Blanco 2008, Capellania, Marques de Murrieta, (£19.95, Berry Bros. Rudd). Cune’s Barrel Fermented Rioja Blanco 2013, (£10.49, Wai...Read More 26 Apr 2015 WINE OF THE WEEK. 26th April 2015 johndownes Uncategorized SPRING INTO A SPARKLING ROSE. Moet & Chandon Vintage Rose 2006. (£60, from your local wine shop). I popped into Tante Marie's new Culinary Acad...Read More 14 Apr 2015 WINES OF THE WEEK. 14th April 2015 johndownes Uncategorized BOTH NOIR ...... ONE GAMAY, ONE PINOT. GAMAY NOIR 2014. Kleine Zalze. (£8.80 at www.sawinesonline.com) & PINOT NOIR 2014. Private Bin. V...Read More Twitter link @FairCapeWines @WineofHungary Dead? Wine lists certainly need sorting out! My thoughts t.co/jqRRIJhEso @SohoHouse list gets my nod :) 4 Hours ago Also wondering if more critic from wine writers would boost low av. UK bottle price; consumers may pay more for better, recommended wines. 11 Hours ago Serious question. Why do food critics criticise restaurants whilst wine critics don't criticise bottles of wine. Interesting! 11 Hours ago @felixdewolfe Who pulled the short straw in the office? 1 Day ago @LucyLondon 'Think they'll always be there in one form or another but boy, do they need changing! My thoughts at t.co/jqRRIJhEso 1 Day ago WHAT PEOPLE SAY We really love your writing. We heard you were good, but not that good! The best corporate event we’ve been to in years. We loved it! 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. What a superstar you are! Thank you for being so amazing with the masterclasses. After just one evening with John you become the wine expert you always wanted to be.