Angela Mount, the woman with £10m taste buds, is leaving her role as chief wine buyer for UK supermarket Somerfield, decanter.com can reveal.

After 15 years in the wine-buying team, Mount will be leaving to ‘pursue other avenues,’ said Somerfield press officer Pete Williams.

‘The time is right for new challenges,’ Mount told decanter.com.

Mount confirmed she would be leaving the supermarket chain on 2 March 2007 but would not say whether or not she had any future projects in mind.

‘It’ll be time to consider plans,’ she said.

Mount made headlines three years ago when she insured her taste buds for £10m, stating at the time that they were ‘vital to my job.’

She is widely considered responsible for the public success and critical praise of Somerfield’s wine range. In last year’s Decanter World Wine Awards, the supermarket chain won 40 gongs.

‘Angela has been responsible for building the reputation and breadth of the wine range and generating a high profile for Somerfield,’ Williams said. ‘We would like to thank Angela for all her hard work during her career and wish her all the best in the future.’

Williams said the new buying team would be announced shortly.

Written by Oliver Styles and Adam Lechmere