Taster, tutor and judge

Taster, tutor and judge

Peter McCombie

As a leading restaurant wine consultant Peter has chosen wine and trained staff for a host of five star hotels, members clubs and London’s best restaurants, not to mention the Cliff in Barbados. He lectures for Christie's Wine Course and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, is a regular judge in international wine competitions and writes about wine for several magazines.

Taster, tutor and judge

Natural's not enough

06-01-2012 | Category: Opinions Wines Tastings

My problem starts with the quasi-religious, high moral ground that its fans claim » More

Taster, tutor and judge

Rainy Thursday Night in Soho: Recession What Recession?

25-09-2010 | Category: Opinions Service

I recklessly agree to meet my wife for dinner in Soho WITHOUT a reservation. » More

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American Idols

08-06-2010 | Category: Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Tastings Argentina USA Mexico

A taste of mostly high-end Americans, from both North & South at Bibendum. » More

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World’s Best Sommelier

18-04-2010 | Category: Competitions People Wines Chile News

He is the epitome of what a sommelier should be » More

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Bordeaux 2000 – Ten Years On

23-03-2010 | Category: Events Red only Tastings Bordeaux

An invitation to taste fifty of the best wines from the iconic 2000 vintage was not too difficult to accept. » More

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Spain's 'New' Whites

15-03-2010 | Category: Albarino White only Tastings Spain

While red wines tend to dominate our thinking on Spain, the whites get better and better, so this year I decided to focus on whites. » More

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Mature Malbec

01-03-2010 | Category: Competitions Malbec Red only Argentina

Mature Malbec » More

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12-02-2010 | Category: Opinions Wines Service South Africa England

I’ve been thinking a lot about the ‘problem’ of alcohol and the increasingly virulent campaign against it by the trash and mainstream media, fed by the health lobby and supported by hypocritical politicians » More

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Glass sizes

05-02-2010 | Category: England Opinions Wines Service

Wine seems to be merely a profit centre, that too many operators think doesn’t need any care or attention » More

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Mexican beginnings

29-01-2010 | Category: Tastings South America Wines

My first proper tasting of the year was – believe it or not – of Mexican wines. Held at Mexican street food joint Wahaca’s Westfield site, we tasted a selection of wines that Hugo d’Acosta – who might be called Mexico’s answer to Michel Rolland – has a hand in making. » More

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