Stories from 2010

In the first edition of Every Wine Tells a Story, 29 international wine experts tell their personal tale of the one wine from 2010 that stood out for them.

Perhaps it was an amazing vintage from a renowned producer, or an unheard of grape from an up-and-coming wine region or perhaps it was shared with one of the world’s biggest recording artists (check out Richard Hemming’s evening with singer/songwriter P!nk)…whatever the reason, these stories illuminate how wine can take a regular day and make it spectacular!

Let these people, these stories and these wines inspire you to never drink another boring wine and take your own wine experiences to new, unexpected heights!

Click on the links to the right to find out more about each of the contributors to Every Wine Tells a Story.

Alastair Harrison

Alastair Harrison

Alastair Harrison founded Park Lane Champagne in 1995. The focus has always been on supplying excellent quality champagnes to customers under their own brand and in small quantities. Customers range from five star hotels through some of the UK’s leading corporate organisations. As the lure of personalised champagne grows this, combined with technology and increasing …

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Andrew Barrow

With perhaps the greatest tag line ever, Spittoon: We Spit So You Can Swallow is one of the top wine blogs in the UK. Amongst the regular ‘normal’ content of wine tasting notes and wine and food matching ideas there are more unique reports – what to drink to impress the locals on the French …

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Angela Clutton

Angela Clutton

Angela is an events producer, working as Girl Thursday to arrange parties, celebrations and all kinds of occasions. For corporate clients she has arranged launches for some of London’s finest luxury brands; and for private clients she helps them make the most of the special times in their life. Wine is often so important to making …

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Ash Lipkin

Ash Lipkin

Ash J. Lipkin is Editor-in-Chief of The Arbuturian, a gourmet, lifestyle, culture and travel magazine with a dash of wit. He regularly writes about food, fashion, lifestyle and culture for a variety of publications including The Independent and Review Magazine. Connect with Ash at www.arbuturian.com.

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Assaf Dudai

Assaf spent more than a decade in both downtowns of Manhattan and Tokyo, reading obsessively, developing a linking to WUI (Writing Under the Influence) and doing very little else. Thus Assaf’s joining Haidu.net was a somewhat bewildering move, on both party’s behalf. Still, it turned out quite well. These days Assaf handles product & content …

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Colin Smith

Colin Smith

After a lifelong love affair with wine Colin decided to apply some structure to his wine knowledge by sitting the WSET’s range of wine courses. He passed his WSET Diploma with merit in June 2009. On the way he worked part time for a high street wine chain and helped out behind the scenes at …

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Dan Coward

Dan Coward

Dan is a wine geek with eight years of experience in the wine trade. After studying for a Graduate Diploma in Wine Business in Adelaide, he worked in the Barossa for a couple of years before working his way up to Communications Manager at Bibendum Wine Ltd…probably the most fun wine company you could ever …

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Denise Medrano

Denise Medrano

Denise is a freelance wine blogger based in the UK but born and raised in California. She has studied wine in Argentina and London and holds the WSET Advanced Certificate. Denise has also worked in and around the London wine trade for the past 4 ½ years and in that time, she has enjoyed the …

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Dennis Sunjic

Dennis Sunjic

Dennis has been an integral part of the team at Coe Vintners for five years. He is responsible for many of London’s premium accounts including Mayfair hotels and Michelin Starred restaurants. Dennis is very passionate about wines from his home country of Croatia and is working hard to introduce London, and the world, to the …

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Donald Edwards

Donald Edwards

A roving sommelier, currently scouring the world looking for and writing about new and interesting angles on wine and its appreciation. Donald recently finished several years working in the City of London, before which he looked after a large country house hotel’s wine department. Prior to that, he managed to cram in working in a …

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Eamon FitzGerald

Eamon FitzGerald

Eamon FitzGerald is the brains behind My Grape Escape. He really likes wine. He has a bit of previous experience with it – he spent a season picking grapes in a hilly vineyard in the Languedoc which he never wants to do again. Eamon also spent two years working in a busy upmarket wine store …

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Guy Woodward

Guy Woodward

Guy Woodward is the editor of the UK’s leading wine magazine, Decanter, where he’s worked for eight years. He joined ‘as a journalist, not a wine buff’ and continues to think of himself in that vein. ‘I’m a consumer first and foremost, not a wine critic. Luckily, we have enough of those on the magazine …

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Jo Jericho

Jo Jericho

Jo Jericho has more than 10 years experience in sales and marketing of Australian wine having worked for Wingara, Kingston Estate, Grant Burge Wines and Hardys in the UK and Australia. She was a WCA ‘Young Gun-PR’ in 2007 and an Associate Judge at the International Wine Challenge 2010.  

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Joe Roberts

Joe Roberts

Joe Roberts is a Philadelphia-area wine pro and musician, and the voice behind the award-winning wine blog 1WineDude.com. His slightly-irreverent but knowledgeable takes on wine have been featured in the L.A. Times, New York Times, CNBC.com, Mutineer Magazine, Publix® Grape Magazine, Palate Press, Mint.com, Wines.com, Table Matters and Chester County Cuisine & Nightlife, and his …

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John Franklin

John Franklin

John is considered a bit of an epicurean gadabout. Luck has afforded him the opportunity to travel a lot from a young age, as well as residing in Argentina, France and Russia. Thanks to this exposure, he has adopted many different, and some bizarre, eating and drinking habits. John finds these cultural differences fascinating and …

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Laurence Veale

Laurence Veale

Laurence Veale spends his day happily as a usability consultant, then spends evenings making wine just a little easier and more interesting on his blog sourgrapes.ie. While not doing either, Laurence writes about wine for the Sunday Tribune and helps sell wine online at www.thecorkscrew.ie. Oh, and there’s also the small, but very important matter …

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Lucy Bridgers

Lucy Bridgers

Lucy has worked in the wine trade since graduating in 1991. Her career began in wine retailing at Oddbins, moving on to book publishing where, along with other titles, she edited Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book. She then became a public relations consultant, representing leading wine producers, Torres and Leeuwin. She has studied the subject …

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Martynas Zemavicius

Martynas Zemavicius

Martynas arrived in the UK over 10 years ago and started his career OXO Tower restaurant as a bartender. After tasting Cheval Blanc 1945 his interest in wine was peaked and he rapidly moved to the sommelier team. Martynas spent 5 years working in restaurants as a sommelier, including working as Head Sommelier at the …

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Matt Ford

Matt Ford

Matt is a York wine merchant currently studying for the WSET Diploma. He loves classical French cookery and inventive tapas. Matt’s passions are for promoting and tasting Riesling and Gewurztraminer in all their forms and he also has a great love of Port and rum. Connect with Matt online at www.barwines.co.uk.  

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Miss Bouquet

Miss Bouquet

Miss Bouquet is a London based wine blogger and wine columnist to The Notebook, Kensington & Chelsea. She has worked in the wine trade since she graduated. Connect with Miss Bouquet online at www.missbouquet.com.

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Phil Spillman

Phil Spillman

Phil was raised by older cousins in the pub car park of a dusty wheatbelt town in Western Australia. Granny ran the pub. A young mind was moulded by black robed nuns, and the run of a small town nourished an independent spirit. Summers were hot and winters beautiful, cool and fresh with eucalyptus. As …

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Richard Hemming

Richard Hemming

Richard Hemming joined the UK wine trade in 2001 and worked in retail for seven years before leaving to experience in the wine industry in Australia, including working as a cellarhand during the 2008 vintage in McLaren Vale. During this time he started writing for www.jancisrobinson.com and now writes for the website every week, based in …

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Richard Siddle

Richard Siddle

Richard is an award winning business editor for over 20 years with experience of working across a number of sectors. He spent over 10 years covering the grocery retail sector on Checkout, SuperMarketing and Independent Retail News where he built up a reputation for campaigning journalism. PPA Food and Drink Editor on two occasions in …

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Simon Woods

Simon Woods

Simon Woods has won awards for his website www.simonwoods.com, his books (including ‘I Don’t Know Much About Wine But I Know What I Like’) and his can-can dancing. He lives in the Pennines in the north of England with his wife and two children, but has found time to visit virtually all the world’s major …

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Steven Spurrier

Stephen Spurrier

Steven joined the London wine trade in 1964, moved to Paris in 1970 and bought a wine shop – Caves de la Madeleine – in the centre of the city and in 1973 founded L’Academie du Vin, France’s first private wine school. In 1976 Stephen held what became an historic blind tasting between California and …

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Tara Devon O'Leary

Tara Devon O’Leary

Tara Devon O’Leary, the Wine Passionista, is a passionate wine expert, presenter, writer and entrepreneur. Originally from London (born and raised), she has lived between the Bahamas and the US (Florida, New York, California). Tara moved back to London a few years ago and is enjoying everything London has to offer. Tara is an epicurious …

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Tim Pearson

Tim Pearson

Tim hails from the village of Crowland, Lincolnshire, England. After leaving school he started working for Boots Farm Sales in the agricultural business and worked his way up to the position of Agronomist and moved to Stratford upon Avon for work in 1977. After meeting and marrying his wife Vaughn and having two daughters, 1991 …

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Toby White

Toby White

Toby White, fearful adventurer, art maniac and wine bluff (sic.) co-founded and regularly contributes his travel and cultural musings to The Arbuturian. From a discerning oenologist of a grandfather, his interest in and understanding of wine has passed down his male lineage. Although he thinks it may have skipped him. Connect with Toby at www.arbuturian.com.

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Tom Cannavan

Tom Cannavan

Tom Cannavan has published his wine-pages.com online magazine since 1995. Despite rumours that he exists only in cyber space, Tom is also a successful journalist, TV broadcaster and wine judge, writing for titles including World of Fine Wine and Decanter, and contributing to The Wine Report. He is a founding member of The Wine Gang, …

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