Here at Sip NZ Wine, we’re big on learning about wine in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, without the wine snobbery and technical jargon that often comes with it.
You’d think that if you’re a Master of Wine (MW), successful wine writer & educator, vice president of the Circle of Wine Writers and Director of Wine Searcher, you’d definitely be at the wine snob end of the spectrum but Bob Campbell is not only one of the most respected wine personalities in this country, he’s also the perfect example that learning about wine can be fun and entertaining.
When I started my journey in the wine industry I was enrolled at one of Bob’s courses by my first employer straight away. Having grown up in the north of Germany, I didn’t know anything about wine and I was super nervous to go to the first class.
Thanks to Bob I not only learned a lot about wine in a short space of time, I also lost my fear of not knowing everything about it and to enjoy the journey one sip at a time.
So needless to say that I’m thrilled to be able to share my Q&A with Bob today and some of his upcoming courses with you.
Hi Bob, thanks a lot for your time.
What do you do?
I am a wine critic and wine educator. I spend most of my time tasting, researching and writing about wine and the rest talking about it.
When and why did you fall in love with wine?
When a friend sautéed fresh scallops in Drouhin Clos des Mouches and we sipped the wine as we ate them.
If you were a wine, what wine would you be?
1963 Taylors vintage port – full-bodied, a little crusty and long-lived.
What would you do if you wouldn’t be a wine critic and wine educator?
A golf pro by choice although probably an accountant.
Wine & dine, what’s your favourite match?
Port and Stilton.
Which wine are you saving for a special occasion?
I’m saving a bottle of 1947 Marc Bredif Vouvray for my 70th birthday.
Dead or alive, who would you like to share a glass of vino with?
See Bob live in action!
Bob Campbell’s Wine Certificate Courses
Find out more about Bob’s certificate courses here.