DWWA 2013 Bordeaux Judging Panel
Richard Bampfield MW graduated with a French degree from Cambridge in 1981 and immediately decided he could best put the language to use in the wine trade. He managed retail wine shops in the North West of England for JW Lees Brewers for 7 years, then spent a year getting his hands dirty in vineyards around the world, also working in wine cellars in California and Australia. After passing the Master of Wine exam in 1990, Richard joined Australian producer Brown Brothers, and managed their European operations until 1999. He left them to set up his own company, specialising in public relations, and offering wine talks, tours and courses. Principal clients include Albert Bichot (Burgundy), Dom Perignon Champagne, Yvon Mau (Bordeaux), Château Sociando-Mallet, Leith’s School of Food and Wine, Santa Rita (Chile), Enotria and the English Wine Group. Richard is currently Chairman of the Association of Wine Educators, and was named European Champagne Ambassador in 2009.