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Ant Rose

Ant Rose of The Independent

In a previous life, Anthony was a solicitor but decided it was time to get a steady job, so he became wine correspondent of The Independent. Apart from his writing, he gives wine talks and judges wines in as many countries as his dog-eared passport has room for. He has won a number of awards for wine writing. He also writes about and teaches a consumer course on sake.

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Question: 
My cellar is mostly composed of…
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Used to be Bordeaux, but it’s changing to encompass as many fine wines as I can afford from Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello, Chianti Classico, Burgundy, Champagne, Rhône, Germany and New World Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Riesling.
Question: 
My dodgiest blind tasting moment…
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Confusing Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz on my first flight to Australia to judge at the Canberra National Show.
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The blind-tasting moment I would prefer to concentrate on was…
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Winning the award for top taster at the The Pol Roger 60th Anniversary Oxford and Cambridge Blind Wine-Tasting Competition in 2013 when the press took on the wine trade in parallel with the Oxford and Cambridge teams.
Question: 
My best bottle of wine ever was probably…
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The extraordinary 1961 Château Latour which the late Edmund Penning-Rowsell, then correspondent of The Financial Times, brought up from the cellar when I went to dinner with him and his wife Meg.
Question: 
Other than wine do you have any secret or not-so-secret passions?...
Answer: 
Discovering sake opened up a new world of history, culture and taste for me. Since 2007, I go regularly to Japan where I co-chair the International Sake Challenge in Tokyo and I teach sake on a consumer course in London at Sake No Hana http://sakenohana.com/london/sake-classes/