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David Bird MW

David Bird MW

Became an MW 1981

Based in United Kingdom

Nationality English

Languages English, French


Trained as an analytical chemist. Worked in food analysis with Reckitt & Colman. Joined wine trade in 1973 as QC Manager. Moved to Stowells of Chelsea as QA Manager in 1984. Set up own QA business in 1994: QA audits of wine producers & bottlers.

Primary area(s) of work: Wine production, Retired

Industry sector(s): Author, Educator, QA/QC, Wine judge, Winemaking

Wine styles: Aszú, Dry wines, English sparkling wines, Natural, Orange wines, Tokaji

Wine region expertise: France, Hungary Tokaj, Spain

Specialisms: Factors affecting grape growing, Structure and composition of grapes, Fermentation, Maturation and blending, Stabilisation and clarification, Processing of grapes, Production of sparkling wines, Production of fortified wines, Bottling, Bulk shipment, Elevage / maturation, Preparation of finished wine for bottling, Packing and labelling, Quality assurance and control, Food and wine pairing, Wine and health, Wine labels, Wine laws and regulations, Wine judging