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.
It was with great delight that I met with an equally passionate oenophile and this gave rise to WanderCurtis in 2009.
We love to share our passion with others through our Private client wine dinners , Wine Quiz Competitions and Corporate Events.
I recently gained the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wine & Spirits having acquired merits or distinctions in all the units. I am an Associate Judge for the IWSC – International Wine and Spirit Competion and a Judge of Excellence for the Bellavita Italian trade show.
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.
I was absolutely overjoyed to win the Wine Australia Tasting Blind Club UK 2016 competition. The prize, a two week trade tasting trip to Australia in November 2016.