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Jane Parkinson

Jane Parkinson of BBC1's Saturday Kitchen

Jane is an award-winning wine writer and communicator. She’s a wine expert on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen as well as the wine columnist for several magazines including Restaurant, Stylist, Absolutely and Market Life. Jane launched her debut book, Wine & Food in 2014 and she’s a talker, so hosts events anywhere and everywhere. Last year she was crowned the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year.

QA: 
Question: 
What’s your favourite wine?
Answer: 
Ahhh.. the old classic question. So here comes a classic answer in return… Champagne. Mind you I’m also a sucker for a smooth and seductive Barolo or Barbaresco.
Question: 
What do you like to eat?
Answer: 
I have four great food passions, if you can call them that. Japanese – tasty and healthy, what’s not to like? Middle eastern/eastern European – all those dry spices send my taste buds into a head spin. Italian – there isn’t much a plate of sexy pasta can’t fix. Modern British – it’s all about the seasons and local flavours, it’s so exciting right now.
Question: 
What’s you favourite wine holiday destination?
Answer: 
For sheer beauty and exciting wine happenings, the Douro is hard to beat and definitely holds a special place in my heart. Franciacorta is also a beautiful region with awesome wines, an interesting history, and it’s based in a little self-contained spot on a lake, it’s stunning.
Question: 
Is there a wine that really sticks in your memory?
Answer: 
I know a few people who have been lucky enough to be served 1914 Pol Roger when they’ve visited the house in Epernay. But the day I had it I’d just finished reading Wine & War, an account of all the hardships the French wine community went through during occupation. The 1914 might have been made in a different wartime, but it still choked me up.
Question: 
Other than wine, do you have any secret or not-so-secret passions?
Answer: 
Cooking and food is a given, I guess? Well then, I’m a huge follower of politics, outside of wine and food I read, listen to, and absorb that more than anything else. There’s also Hot Bikram Yoga. Doing teacher training for this isn’t entirely out of the question at some point in the future…