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.

ROSE MARKET FOR THE FINANCIERS. 

PINK BLUEBERRY ON THE MONEY. With the Blueberry financiers, John recommends ……………… PICCINI MEMORA VINO ROSATO D’ITALIA. (£9.99 at Tesco).               It’s summer, the sun’s out and you’ve just finished making a cooling batch of Blueberry Financiers. So, it has to be rose. Wine drinkers used to look down […]

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BEAUJOLAIS; WELL WORTH A FEW GUINEAS.

DON’T POOH-POOH BEAUJOLAIS. With the Guinea Fowl, John recommends …………. BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES 2012, Combe aux Jacques, Louis Jadot. (£10.99 at Tesco).       A big heavy red is too obvious for this fabulous guinea fowl dish so I’ve opted for an unsung hero, or should that be heroine, on our wine shelves; Beaujolais. Louis […]

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SOUTH AFRICAN SWEETIE MEETS NAUGHTY CHOCOLATE CAKE

BUT WHERE CAN WE FIND THE WINE? With the Extremely Naughty Chocolate Cake, John recommends … Muskadel. Wyn van Oorsprong. Nuy.          Chocolate is notoriously difficult to match with wine but I thought I’d cracked it when somebody sent me a bottle of Muskadel from the Nuy Wynkelder (wine cellar) in the […]

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