Robert Hammond loves wine and loves sharing his enthusiasm with others.
He has the WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) Diploma in Wine and Spirits; the professional qualification for those in the wine trade. He is an Associate member of the Institute of Wines and Spirits (AIWS), holds WSET Intermediate and Advanced Certificates and is a judge for the International Wine and Spirits Competition.
Robert is also Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, has a Masters degree in Philosophy and is on the Board of Directors of a couple of charity. He has broadcast on BBC Essex about wine, held an on-air phone in wine tasting and was once heard on Radio 4 describing the colour of New Zealand Pinot Noir!
He has visited many wine producing regions including Bordeaux, Champagne, Languedoc, the Rhone and Burgundy in France, the Pfalz, Mosell, Rhine and Ahr Valleys in Germany, Jerrez in Spain and Tuscany, Chianti, Piedmonte and the Veneto in Italy.
Robert's aim is to provide accessible education in the world of wine. If you leave an event having tried, and maybe liked a wine you haven't had before - that's a success. You should also know a bit more about wine growing and making than when you arrived and hopefully understand something of why wines can be so different.
One of the key differences between RHWine and other wine tasting companies is that RHWine is independent from sellers. This means that all the advice and comment is impartial; RHWine is not trying to sell the wine shown at events. Rather we try and show benchmark examples from a number of suppliers, most of which you will be able to obtain easily yourself.
Comments from previous events
Robert selects the vineyards on the tour very carefully. He chose both small, exclusive vineyards as well as mid-sized and larger wine houses to give us an all rounded view of Chianti Classico production. He knows the owners of the smaller vineyards, and has a good rapport with them.
Alvin, May 2012
A very enjoyable evening in lovely surroundings. Robert’s knowledge and passion for Wine excited us and everyone was comfortable to share thoughts and be educated and appreciate good wine.
Chris, 27 May 2011
The wine quiz was excellent, thank you. It was a great start to the evening and everyone enjoyed it.
David, Hair and Beauty Suppliers Association May 11
Thanks for a great evening of Spanish wines.The selection of wines were perfect with so many surprises. I am glad that we will see you at least twice more this year and hopefully again next year.
Malcolm, Brentwood Learning for Pleasure Group Jan 11
Our tasting of Fair Trade
wines was superbly organised and presented. Robert had sourced a range
of Fair Trade wines which showed how sophisticated this area of the
market has now become. The tasting was informative, enjoyable and quite
the best structured event of its kind that I have been to.
Callcutt, St Matthew's Church, Westminster. Nov 10
Thank you very much for last night’s Malt Whisky Tasting which was a tremendous success. I feel that we learned a lot about not only the distillation and ageing process but also how to more formally compare tastes. I appreciate the hard work which you put into organizing the evening and once again thank you on behalf of our members.
Graham, Chelmsford 41 Club Jan 10
'I learned an awful lot and had a good time doing so in a really sociable setting. It's marvellous to hear someone talking with as much knowledge and passion as Robert obviously has for his subject: he gets the message across in a completely accessible way and without all that pretentious language one normally associates with the Oz & Jilly school of TV wine appreciation'