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.

CELEBRATE WITH A LOIRE SPARKLER.

CONTROVERSIAL MATCH HITS THE SPOT. With the Strawberry and cream cheese tart, John recommends …………. THE SOCIETY’S CELEBRATION CREMANT DE LOIRE, (£ 11,50, Wine Society).     This wine match may be a little controversial but it’s good to stray from the recommended ‘sweet wine with dessert’ track now and again. That said, the cheese […]

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THE RHONE RANGERS.

“NORTH & SOUTH” FULL OF FLAVOURS. John recommends………… GIGONDAS 2009. If you popped into your local wine shop about 10 years ago you’d have picked up Gigondas for a song but times have changed; its ever increasing popularity means that you now get little change from a 20 quid note for this cracking Southern Rhone […]

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PACHERENC DU VIC BILH – ‘NUFF SAID!

HARD TO SAY … EASY TO DRINK! With the Knickerbocker Glory, John recommends …………. CHATEAU ARRICAU-BORDES, PACHERENC DU VIC BILH 2009. (www.hhandc.co.uk)            The label sent me loopy! Its cute line drawing of an ancient castle appealed to me but those words …. those unpronounceable words … “if I’m struggling to […]

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