My interest in wine commenced at an early age – visiting my Aunt in Bordeaux. She lives in a small village on the banks of La Garonne, not far from the world famous sweet wines of Sauternes, Barsac and St Croix du Mont. My annual family holidays were spent sampling the food and wine of the Bordelais.
After qualifying as a Doctor, I went travelling. I stayed with friends in the Hunter Valley, Australia, before spending a year in Marlborough, New Zealand. It was 1995 the wine industry was booming. It was there that I discovered my passion for wine. Consultant Physician Dr David Durham owned a small vineyard bordering Cloudy Bay. He was a fantastic source of inspiration. He held a weekly wine tasting session throughout the year, comprehensively covering all the major grape varieties. We had some amazing New Zealand wines. I had caught the bug.
Back home in London, I got my first ever distinction…. in a non-medical exam! The Level 3 Certificate from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust WSET.
I was delighted to meet an equally passionate oenophile and start WanderCurtis in 2009, arranging wine events and tastings and lots of blind tastings. More recently I am delighted Stuart Grostern has joined the team.
In 2015 I passed the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wine & Spirits with merits or distinctions in most of the units.
I an a judge for the Decanter World wine awards most recently for the 2021 awards judging on New Zealand and Spain. I have previously Judged for the IWSC – International Wine and Spirit Competition and a Judge of Excellence for the Bellavita Italian trade show.
I was overjoyed to win the Wine Australia Tasting Blind Club UK 2016 competition. The prize was a two week trade tasting trip to Australia in November 2016.
I recently completed, Level 1 training to become an ambassador for Wines Of California.
I attend regular tastings in Central London. I travel and write reviews on wine producing regions, including Napa Valley, Burgundy, Ribera Del Duero, Central Otago New Zealand, Bordeaux, Wachau Valley Austria, Piemonte , Northern Rhone, Rioja, Montalcino and most recently Etna- Sicily, Okanagan and Niagara in Canada, Duoro Valley Portugal and central coast California.
I am looking forward to many more wine trips after the Covid situation has settled down!