Derek Smedley MW

Derek Smedley MW

Date an MW: 1968
Based in: UK

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Biography

Derek Smedley joined the wine trade in 1961 starting with John Harvey and Sons in Bristol. In 1966 he moved to the wine side of Watney Mann soon to join IDV when Watney’s sold their wine company to them. During his time with IDV he passed the Master of Wine examination (1968) and gained a love of Bordeaux through his involvement with Château Loudenne. In 1972 he joined Whitbreads as wine buyer travelling the world to build up and expand their portfolio. 1985 he started his own wine company but sold it in 1999 to develop the consultancy side of his life. Today he is very involved with the City looking after the Mansion House, Guildhall, as well a s several Livery Companies. In addition he is consultant to Lincoln’s Inn, Carlton Club, Royal College of Physicians as well as tutoring wine dinners for the Oxford & Cambridge Club. He leads Wine Tours for Arblaster & Clarke and is a past Co-Chairman of the International Wine Challenge. To read his tasting notes go to www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk