Oz Clarke joins Singapore Airlines wine panel

Sep 25, 2014, 14:15 IST | A Correspondent

Oz Clarke one of the world’s most celebrated and colourful wine authorities, has joined Singapore Airlines’ distinguished panel of wine experts. Together, the panel is responsible for recommending the wines and champagnes to be served on Singapore Airlines’ flights.

The Briton’s passion for wine first began as a student at Oxford University, where he was captain of the Wine Tasting Team. After Graduation, Clarke acted with the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as played leading roles in several West End musicals including Sweeney Todd and Evita before turning to writing to indulge his love for wine. His tasting skills have earned him worldwide recognition as having one of the finest palates of anyone writing about wine today.

As testament to his myriad achievements in the wine industry, Clarke has won all the major wine writing awards, including the Glenfiddich (three times), the André Simon, the Wine Guild (three times), the Julia Child, the Lanson (five times) and the James Beard. More recently, he received the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Award for International Wine Book of the Year for his book Bordeaux. His other bestsellers include Oz Clarke’s Encyclopedia of Grapes, Oz Clarke’s Introducing Wine, Let Me Tell You About Wine, Wine Atlas, New Classic Wines, his annual Pocket Wine Guide and 250 Best Wine Buying Guide, and Grapes & Wines (with Margaret Rand).

Clarke has been presenting British television for 30 years, and in recent years has co-presented three series of hugely successful programmes with James May where he explores the vineyards of France, California and Great Britain. He is replacing Steven Spurrier, who has retired from the Wine Panel after serving on it with distinction for 25 years.

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