Noble Grape is brand new wine shop and online store founded by me, Master of Wine Richard Ballantyne. We source our wines from small producers of high quality, always keeping an eye on value for money. The most important factor of all is in finding wines that speak of the place where they come from, what I like to call ‘authenticity of style’.
Master of Wine
As I write there are 369 Masters of Wine in the world. The Institure of Masters of Wine was founded in the 1950s to promote excellence in wine. There is a rigorous examination process which is formed of three parts: theory, practical and research paper. The final part is where candidates excel in their chosen field. In my case I wrote my research paper into the Crus of Barolo: a study on the economic benefit of the Menzioni Geografiche Aggiuntive, the new name for the 170 single vineyard sites in Barolo. You can find out more about the Masters of Wine at www.mastersofwine.org