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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. He now writes for various magazines, 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.

QA: 
Question: 
My cellar is mostly composed of…
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Used to be Bordeaux, but it’s changed. My virtual cellar is chock full of Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello, Chianti Classico, Burgundy, Champagne, Rhône, Germany and New World Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Riesling. My actual cellar has a dwindling assortment of what I can afford from these regions.
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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 (please don't tell).
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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. My prize: a magnum of 2000 Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill Champagne.
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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.
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Other than wine do you have any secret or not-so-secret passions?...
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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/. I've now taken on the challenge of writing a book about sake and the wines of Japan.