An experienced wine importer and merchant for over 18 years and Wine Consultant for 15 years, Richard has passed all the main Wine Trade exams (some with Distinction and other awards) and is trained to Master of Wine level. He has taught on professional wine trade exam courses, conducted trade wine tastings, acted as wine consultant to restaurant and hotel groups and represented many wine producers as exclusive agent for the UK. He is a member of the Institute of Wines and Spirits.
Richard has also designed and taught wine tasting and appreciation courses at different levels (Certified Wine Educator – WSET) and organised tours to vineyards in several European wine regions. Richard’s passion for wine has grown unstoppably since his first introduction to the great Bordeaux wines some 36 years ago and he continues to attend trade tastings, wine auctions and other wine events. One of his missions in life is to spread enthusiasm and knowledge of wine, particularly beating the drum for lesser known and under-valued wines and wine regions.
Richard is the founder and principal of the Sussex Wine Academy, Chairman of the Arundel Wine Society, runs a wine agency company and is working on a new wine tour business.