Wine is a way of life for Philippe Boucheron. For some 37 years he has been writing on the subject and in 1987 he began broadcasting, organising tastings and even taking groups from the Sunday Times Wine Club and other organisations to vineyards as far afield as Champagne and the Cape. Philippe was the 1996 Wine Guild of the United Kingdom’s Regional Wine Writer of the Year. He is committed to improving the standards of communication about wines and spirits and is also very much involved in promoting awareness of the health giving properties of red wine. A keen advocate for maintaining the balance of nature, Philippe is an enthusiastic supporter of both organic and biodynamic wines.
A regular after-dinner speaker, Philippe knows that people learn more by being entertained than by being talked at. As a result his talks and wine tastings are fascinating, sometimes even hilarious, but always informative. In 1999, with Richard Earl of Bradford, he founded the Heart of England Branch of the International Wine & Food Society and is currently branch chairman. In 2000 the Society published his monograph on Growers’ Champagne, which is understood to be the first publication on this subject in the English language. An enthusiastic Havana cigar aficionado, Philippe enjoys few things more than arranging splendid soirÃ©es. These are elegant dinners that conclude with a tutored ‘smoke-in’ of three choice Havanas accompanied by matching Cognacs, Ports or even Whiskies.
(Note this is only a sample of available talks)
Visiting the cellars in Champagne
Hunting truffles along the Loire
The truth about all those red wine and health tales
The pleasures and horrors of a wine tour guide
The chÃ¢teaux and cellars of the Loire Valley
Burgundy and the Beaujolais
Bordeaux, the most important fine wine region in the World
South Africa; wines between the Old and New Worlds
The history of tea drinking in England — nearly 350 years old