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About me

Alex Tilling, The Dorset Wine Lover

At times irreverent, at times geeky, this is a chronical of my wine life.  For nearly 2 decades I have worked in the wine industry, starting as a humble ‘cellar rat’ in Bordeaux and then South Africa, before moving back to the UK where I plied my trade selling premium wines to restaurants before eventually becoming the brand manager for Champagne Louis Roederer, hosting regular tastings, events and dinners around the country.  
Much of those two decades were spend studying – I obtained the WSET diploma in 2010, won the Wine Australia Young Wine Writer of the Year in 2012, passed the Master of Wine theory exams in 2013, and became a WSET educator in 2016. Now it is all about the pleasure!
So this is me, sharing my wine stories. Through this blog, and through tastings where we can get down and dirty with the wines together.

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Thursday Night Club

Free to join, it is a relaxed and informal virtual gathering of wine lovers each Thursday night. Just pick a wine to drink at home and introduce it to the group. Contact me to sign up. Your wines and stories are then shared on the blog anonymously

Tastings and Events

  • Fun and interactive wine tastings for groups and parties

  • Corporate tastings, events, dinners and team building

  • Educational tastings

Your Personal Wine Consultant

  • Helping you to build your perfect wine collection.

  • Recommendations of new wines based on your style preferences and budget

  • Wine club style monthly mixed case recommendations based on your taste

  • Advise on when to drink your wines

  • Dinner party wine and food pairings with pre-recorded wine introductions 

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Just a little Thank You for all the hard work you put into our event.  You are a Superstar.  Gushing comments coming in all morning.  We have a great media team standing by ready for when your TV show gets commissioned!

Rob, Investec

Thank you! Everyone had a ball especially b-day boy. Really interesting and loads of fun.


On behalf of Gravetye I would like to thank you for the amazing evening we just had, it has been a success!

Our guests, regulars and non regulars, really enjoyed your entertaining and educational speeches, the Louis Roederer selection and of course the food.

Stefano, Gravetye Manor

Alex's enthusiasm, knowledge and insights were the perfect way to put some fizz back into proceedings after a gruelling annual planning session.  To say we learnt a lot dramatically understates Alex's impact and delivery

Ollie (Financial Services)

Everyone had glowing things to say about you and you were elected as an honorary Bacchus Member. Thank you for doing such a great job,  you pitched it perfectly.

Dr J.L

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