Beverley Blanning MW
Became an MW 2001
Based in United Kingdom
Languages English, French, Spanish
Home city: London
Home county/state/province: Greater London
Home country: UK
Work city: London
Work country: GB
Based in London, Beverley is an independent writer, judge, tour guide, speaker and educator, and organises charity, corporate and private events. She is the author of 'Teach Yourself Wine Tasting' and 'Biodynamics in Wine', and has written for numerous publications globally. Following a business degree, Beverley's route to wine was via accountancy and advertising, where client entertaining opened her eyes to the joys of wine. She signed up to a wine tasting evening class in Notting Hill and quickly caught the bug for wine knowledge. She passed the WSET Diploma in 1998, receiving the Wine Trade Club Scholarship, and became a Master of Wine in 2001, winning the Villa Maria and Errazuriz Awards for her papers on viticulture and the business of wine.
Within the Institute, Beverley has been active as a mentor, educator and examiner, and as a member of various committees, including events, trips, EEB and IMW Council. She is currently head of the theory examination.
Beverley spends much of her spare time in France with her family and enjoys gardening, yoga, tennis and good food.
Current employer: Self-employed
Primary area(s) of work: Communication
Industry sector(s): Events, Journalism, Author, Educator, Wine judge, Wine tourism
Wine styles: Fine and rare wines, Natural, Sparkling wine, Champagne, Sweet wines, Port, Sherry, VDN, Still white, Still red, Still rosé, Still wines
Wine region expertise: Argentina, Austria, Casblanca Valley, Central Otago, Chile, Colchagua Valley, Hawke's Bay, Limari Valley, Marlborough, Mendoza, New Zealand, South America, France, Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Loire, South-West France, Jerez, Maipo Valley
Market expertise: Europe, North America, United Kingdom, South America, France
Specialisms: Biodynamics, Organic viticulture, Direct to consumer, Events, Food and wine pairing, Restaurant wines, Wine and health, Wine tourism, Wine judging