I started my career in 1988 as a wine buyer for Augustus Barnet and Bass Plc ( 550 wine shops, 4,500 pubs and over 20,000 free trade accounts at the time). One of my earliest buying roles was Eastern Europe and I was almost certainly the first major wine buyer in the UK to take on a Hungarian range (from Nagyrede)for both wine shops and as house wine for Toby restaurants. I was also lucky enough to travel to this part of Europe just after the Iron Curtain came down, giving me a great perspective on how the wine industries have transformed since their rebirth from communist state-run behemoths into today’s private and much more quality-orientated operations.
As a writer, I contribute to Tom Stevenson’s Wine Report ( 2004 to 2009.) , Oxford Companion to Wine ( 2008.) and Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Book (2009), and write for Decanter, Harpers, Wine Business International, Drinks Business and winepages.com .
You can read PDFS of my chapters in Wine Report here:
Eastern & SE Europe 2009 wr2009_eseeurope
Viticulture 2009 ( co-authored with Richard Smart) uk_381-387_viticulture
Eastern & SE Europe 2008 uk_203-214_eseeurope
Viticulture 2008 uk_382-387_viticulture
Eastern & SE Europe 2007 wd126_203-215_eastern_31bb
Viticulture 2007 wd126_380-386_viticulture
Eastern & SE Europe 2006 uk_201-213_eseeuropeqxd
Viticulture 2006 uk_378-385_viticultureqxd
Eastern & SE Europe 2005 195-205_ese-euro2005
Viticulture 2005 369-377_viticltreqxd2005