With 40 years in the hospitality business, Roger is a respected Michelin Star Chef, and owns the highly acclaimed restaurant; The Harrow at Little Bedwyn. (www.theharrowatlittlebedwyn.com) The restaurant was quoted by Neil Martin (Wine Advocate) as having the UK’s best New World Wine List, with over 100 New Zealand, 300 Australian and 100 South African wines.
In addition to the restaurant business, Roger is also a respected wine writer and judge. He writes a two page wine feature every month in the trade publication, The Caterer; features in the on line trade publication; The-Buyer, and contributes to Harpers, Decanter, Imbibe magazines. In recent year's his 'Food and Wine Matching' skills have taken him all over the world working not only with Global bodies like New Zealand Wine Growers, Wine Australia and WOSA but numerous wineries, wine distributors and wine exhibitions. He judges for Decanter World Wine Awards, Germany Top 50 and sits on The Moet Sommelier of The Year Competition.
Welcome to Issue 8 of Cape Wine News. South African wines continue to excel and excite in the UK, and we are delighted to be visiting shortly for the third time this year.
Roger Jones finally has the opportunity to really get to know the wines of a New Zealand producer he has admired from a distance for a while. So when Te Mata’s chief executive, Nick Buck, invited him to a special London tasting, including a vertical of its award winning Coleraine Bordeaux blend, he was first in line.
“ The Wine Chef bar none. Roger Jones has turned his passion for wine into a headline act, bringing great cooking and a deep knowledge of the wines of South Africa, Australia and elsewhere to the table doing much for the profile of New World wine and food compatibility”
So what do you do after three days of intense Pinot Noir tasting and drinking? Not to mention the after-party of Guns And Roses in the same hotel. Why another round of Pinot Noir, of course, drank in a chartered jet flying at low, turbulent altitude.