David is the wine correspondent of The Observer, the deputy editor of The World of Fine Wine, and a columnist at The Wine Merchant, as well as being a regular contributor to titles including The Guardian, Restaurant Magazine, Imbibe and New Zealand's Wine magazine. David is the author of two books, 500 Wines for 100 Occasions and A Little Course in Wine Tasting, and has worked as an editor on titles including The Wine Opus and the Finest Wines Series published by The World of Fine Wine. He has judged at a number of international wine competitions, and is the co-founder and chairman of the annual competition for wines in the UK's independent wine shops, The Wine Merchant Top 50.
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Question:If I was coming for dinner what would you cook?
Answer:A roast of local pork – when I lived in Suffolk there were little pig farms full of Anderson shelters everywhere (they looked like suburban piggy housing estates) and the quality of the meat was something else.
Question:Is there one thing that might surprise us about you?
Answer:When the mood is right, I can do a very convincing impression of Bono Vox.
Question:What’s you favourite wine holiday destination?
Answer:Pretty much anywhere in France.
Question:Is there a wine that really sticks in your memory?
Answer:The bottle of Krug I had the night my son was born. Not my normal drinking, but it was a special night.
Question:If you weren't a wine writer, what would you be?
Answer:A conceptual artist, making weird, incomprehensible art and installations with gnomic titles out of enormous pieces of metal and bits of old rubbish. I can't draw or paint, but I've always fancied being an artist – and conceptual artists seem to have a lot of fun without needing to, well, draw or paint.