Colin Gent MW
Became an MW 2003
Based in France
Languages English, French
Home city: Bordeaux
Home country: France
Colin Gent is a Master of Wine, one of only 400 in the world to have passed the most challenging of wine exams and achieved this internationally-recognized qualification of professional excellence. An accomplished public speaker as well as an expert taster, Colin has hosted wine tastings, seminars, masterclasses and dinners all over the world. His self-stated greatest pleasure is sharing his knowledge and passion for wine, and the history, the geography and culture that shape it, with any and all who find wine intriguing or inspiring, regardless their level of expertise.
Colin is now developing an informational website that will go deep on current issues in the world of wine. He is a lead lecturer in the Wine Business Masters programs at Kedge Business School and teaches WSET Level 4 at WiSP Bordeaux, as well as providing sales and marketing consultancy services to importers and exporters, and offering high-end wine education and wine tourism. Previously, he worked 16 years for the Bordeaux-based wine broker Europvin, with responsibilities for portfolio selection and supplier relations, communications and promotion of prestigious estates such as E. Guigal, Vega Sicilia, and Emilio Lustau sherries.
A graduate of Oxford University, where he majored in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, his wine career has taken him from London to Bordeaux via Napa Valley, Paris, Provence and Tokyo.
Primary area(s) of work: Trade, Strategy, Communication
Industry sector(s): Buying, Consultant, Educator, Marketing, Project management, Wine tourism
Wine styles: Fine and rare wines, Fortified wines, Sherry, Still red, Still rosé, Still white, Still wines
Wine region expertise: Bordeaux, Burgundy, California, France, Galicia, Italy, Jerez, Languedoc, Loire, Priorat, Rhone, Ribera del Duero, Rioja, Roussillon, South-West France, Spain
Market expertise: Asia, Canada, China, France, North America, Russia, Scandinavia, South East Asia, Spain, United Kingdom
Specialisms: Branding, Distribution, History of wine, Identifying and meeting consumer demand, Marketing wine, Routes to market, Supplier/customer relationships, Wine tourism, Wine judging