What is your most memorable wine experience?

In my earlier years, my ex-wife’s grandfather had a well-stocked subterranean wine cellar under the big kitchen of his old Hampshire farmhouse.  After he passed away, I was often given the generous opportunity to select a number of bottles to take back to our home. However, before I was able to start this exciting venture, the wine cellar flooded and consequently, the vast majority of the labels were detached from their bottles.  And so, it was almost impossible to know what wine I had selected until the cork was pulled. At one Sunday lunch with an unmarked bottle, I discovered that I was about to drink a 1978 Pousse d’Or – what a treat.

If you could choose any wine from the CV Top 100, which one would you pick and why?

Chateau Haut Brion 1989 because I have had the privilege of meeting Prince Robert of Luxembourg, fourth generation owner, and his enormous passion for this vintage has remained with me ever since.

You’re throwing a dinner party and can invite anyone, dead or alive. Who do you invite and what would be your signature food and wine pairing?

It would be a small dinner party; me, my wife and two guests. My principal guest would be David Bowie because I lived intimately with his music throughout my life until his passing. In his later years he didn’t drink alcohol but had the reputation of providing his guests with the most delicious and unusual wines. My second guest would be my late father because I never really had the chance to know him before he passed away in my late teens: he taught me to play the guitar and I think he would have really enjoyed talking to David Bowie and meeting my wife. My food selection would be lobster for my wife and father, shepherd’s pie for DB (his wife learned to make it for him) and dark chocolate cake in homage to DB’s last album Black Star, released 2 days before his death. We would sniff and modestly sip Dom Perignon 1982.