I’m a committed francophile, except in matters of rugby, so am always happy exploring the classic (and the less well known) wines of France. Champagne and sparkling wines are a continuing passion, and I was one of three UK finalists for the European Champagne Ambassador competition in 2015 and hold the Champagne Master Level qualification from the Wine Scholar Guild. However, I am always on the lookout for what’s new and exciting in the world of wine and keep my knowledge as broad and up to date as possible.
Following a ten year stint in the travel technology business, where wine appreciation was strictly recreational, I began studying the WSET Diploma in Wine & Spirits and realised my future career lay in wine.
Studies complete, I set up Red White & Rosé in 2006, specializing in fun, informative wine events. Since then I have conducted tastings for corporate clients, wine societies, private groups, business networking organisations as well as for the wine trade.
I never like to deliver dry lectures (in either sense of the word) and am happy to work with the format that works best, from a classic approach, to fast-paced blind tasting quizzes – and most things in between.
I have worked with accountants, solicitors, banks, the Ministry of Defence, American Women of Surrey, as well as numerous wine appreciation groups and wine trade clients.
A regular judge for the International Wine Challenge, Decanter World Wine Awards and the International Wine and Spirit Competition, I also enjoy writing about wine and have a regular column in the Surrey Advertiser with occasional work in trade publications including Harpers Wine and Spirit.
Corporate events, Club/Society tastings, Private tastings, Wine courses, Trade/Sommelier training, Public/trade wine shows, Food and wine matching
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France, Loire, Southwest France, Rhône, Alsace, Champagne, Sparkling Wines, English sparkling wines, Food and Wine Matching, Franciacorta, Burgundy, Portugal, Italy, Tuscany, Piedmont, Sicily, Sherry, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence, Beaujolais
WSET Certificate and Higher Certificate, WSET Diploma, WSET Assessor (Level 1 – Foundation), Wine Scholar Guild Champagne Master Level (Highest Honours), BIIAB National Certificate for Personal Licence Holders, Member of the Circle of Wine Writers
Red White & Rosé