Anthony Foster MW

Anthony has been in the Wine trade for over forty years. In 1974, he became a Master of Wine, passing the most arduous four day tasting and theoretical qualification in the industry. In 1987 he was Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine and was largely responsible for making the qualification international.
Immediately after graduating from the Sorbonne in Paris, he joined the Wine Trade as a trainee working for Calvet in Bordeaux. He went on to found his own company, Bonhote Foster Limited in 1975, and was bought out in 1981 by Scottish and Newcastle Breweries. He was subsequently made managing director of Christopher and Company, Royal Warrant holders. In 1986 Antinori in Florence headhunted him to become managing director of their UK arm, Belloni. After Antinori sold their interest in Belloni in the early nineties, Anthony continued to act as a consultant for various bodies on fruit selection and wine making techniques, as well as wine marketing in the UK and US. He created a Burgundy importing company in the US - Foster Flynt Selections - with DC Flynt MW. In 1998 Anthony purchased Bonhote Foster Limited back from S&N. In recent years he has spent considerable time working with Club Claret both in Bordeaux and the States. He researches the famous chateaux, and almost more importantly seeks out petits chateaux for He writes about Bordeaux on this site and has also produced videos for contributes regularly to the wine blog. In the UK, Anthony chairs and judges on a number of tasting panels, in particular the IWSC.
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