Having spent 10 years in the wine trade Clive Barlow passed the Master of Wine Exam in 1999. He now runs an independent wine consultancy and training business, Press Wine Services, in Kent. His clients have included Waitrose, Sotheby's, Whitbread, London Wine Academy and Adnams as well as a number of private and business clients for whom he sources wines and advises on the cellaring. He is a senior judge for the internationally prestigious and independant Decanter World Wine Awards and Wine International. He has worked with TV Chef Tony Tobbin for a cable TV show called Meat and Drink on food and wine matching.
Martine Bounet is a buyer for the wholesale division of Berry Bros & Rudd Ltd. A French native she has been in the wine trade for over a decade and started her career in Bordeaux for the then negoce activity of well known Château Lynch Bages. She received the distinctive 'Commandeur des Vins de Bordeaux' title in 2003. Her passion for wines brought her to all the major wine regions not only in France but across the globe.
With a wish to quench her thirst for wine knowledge she is studying for the Master of Wines program which is considered the highest wine education in the trade. She is a recommended Wine Tutor and Assessor for the WSET (www.wset.org) and has also obtained the City & Guild Certificate 7302 teaching qualification.
Matt was Young Wine Writer of the Year in 2002 and was recently one of the wine presenters on Taste – a new fifty part Sky One food and drink series. He cut his taste buds working with Oz Clarke on WineToday.com (New York Times on the Web) and has since contributed to various publications including Wine Magazine and Harpers. In 2005 he embarked on the Master of Wine program.
Richard started in the wine business in 2002, doing his time in retail then taking a year in 2007/08 to travel through Australia where he did vintage in McLaren Vale. He has also travelled extensively to visit wine regions around the world, including France, Italy, South Africa, California, Brazil, Portugal and Spain.
He now writes freelance, mainly for Jancis Robinson MW and works on a vineyard in Kent as well as teaching for the LWA.
Simon has been in the wine trade for over ten years. From wine bars in Melbourne and wineries in Australia's Yarra Valley and Bordeaux, then onto Paris and London as a sommelier and wine buyer.
He hosts private tastings, lectures and wine events around the UK and Europe and has a few fingers in other vinous pies around the world.
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