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Master of Wine

Let me introduce myself, my name is Jonathan Pedley and I am Crown Cellar’s Master Of Wine.

What is a Master Of Wine?

I became a Master of Wine, after passing the examination in 1992, winning the Madame Bollinger medal for excellence in tasting. In 1994, I became self-employed, continuing to lecture and write on wine, but also became involved in wine consultancy and broadcasting.

How long have you worked in the trade?

I joined the wine trade in 1985, having become interested in wine whilst studying Biochemistry at Oxford University. I worked for Grants of St. James's, latterly running the company's School of Wine until 1994 and have worked with Crown Cellars over the last 17 years.

What Projects have you been involved with?

I’ve worked with Channel 5 and Keith Floyd, Sky Business, lectured at Edith Cowan University in Perth, wrote two wine books for Harper Collins, been a wine judge in Australia, advised the Louisvale Estate in South Africa and helping Waitrose develop its team of wine specialists.

What do you enjoy most about working with Crown Cellars?

Over the last 17 years, I’ve jointly selected in conjunction with Louise Boddington, Crown Cellars’ Wine Buyer, the finest wines from around the world, which form part of the range. I produce an annual VINTAGE REPORT by country and am proud of PEDLEY'S PICKS, I also enjoy supporting customers with staff training, private tasting and dining events.

What are your favourite wine from the range?

If people ask me what is my favourite black grape, then they would get a quick and direct answer: Pinot Noir. Check out my top 12 wines from this year’s range, in my PEDLEY'S PICKS.

Got a question for Jonathan? Ask him on our Twitter page @crowncellarsUK

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