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.

A MADEIRA WINE M’DEAR?

IT’S THE DUKE OF CLARENCE DON’T YOU KNOW! With traditional Simnel cake this Easter, John recommends …………. BLANDY’S DUKE OF CLARENCE RICH MADEIRA. (£ 12.00, Waitrose).                                        Simnel cake is packed with fruit, spices and marzipan so the [...]

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ITALIAN HEAVY MEETS BLUEBERRY TART.

HEAVY WINE, HEAVY BOTTLE, HEADY PLEASURE! With Blueberry Tarts, John recommends, PRIMITIVO DI MANDURIA 2009. Pazzia. Terre di Sava. (£23.00, www.winetrust100.co.uk).                Before you rush out and buy this bottle of wine make sure you’re feeling fit – this has to be the heaviest bottle I’ve ever opened! Thankfully, the wine [...]

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‘SUNNY WINE’, SUNNY PRICE.

DRY SPANISH WHITE HITS THE SPOT WITH PISTACHIO MERINGUES! With the Pistachio vacherins with chocolate ganache, John recommends, VINA SOL 2012. TORRES. (£6.69, Tesco).                                    The more I try and match food and wine the more I see that there are no [...]

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