Richard Bampfield MW
Richard Bampfield MW graduated with French from Cambridge in 1981 and immediately decided the wine trade was where he could put the language to best use. He managed retail wine shops in the North West of England for JW Lees Brewers for seven years, then spent a year getting his hands dirty in vineyards around the world, also working in wine cellars in California and Australia. Having passed his MW in 1990, he joined Australian producer Brown Brothers, and managed its European operation until 1999. He left them to set up his own company, with his wife Jackie, specialising in public relations and offering wine talks, tours and courses. Principal clients include Yvon Mau (Bordeaux), the Wine School at Château Preuillac, Albert Bichot (Burgundy), Dom Pérignon Champagne, Leith’s School of Food and Wine, Great Western Wine and the English Wine Group. Bampfield is currently Chairman of the Association of Wine Educators and is the European Champagne Ambassador 2009.