Robert Slotover

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Introduction A Master of Wine I am not, as you can tell. I am willing to learn though, so please post comments and corrections.

I work in classical music representing opera singers and conductors. There are parallels with wine; the technically unsound, showy and shallow, mature and structured.

I was lucky enough to study languages in Freiburg-im-Breisgau and Bordeaux and had introductions to wonderful people in the wine world. I attended a few classes at Plumpton College and tend a few vines myself.

In music my violin teacher Michael Tillett taught me that there is good (and bad) in every school so one should never dismiss an entire category. Very wise advice.

The wine world is similar. "Wine is by definition French" I have heard it said. Most people I know think I'm mad to be seeking out the best Macedonia can offer, but why not? Wine is many-sided. Italy has over 2,000 indigenous varieties for a start.

So I drink wine to experience new sensations. Music has taught me to expect a high failure rate but when it comes good, it comes really good. I then add that wine to my repertoire but the search goes on.