You are currently viewing the International Edition. You can also switch to the Hong Kong Edition.
Thursday 2 July 2015

If that's interesting, how about these?

Chilean brand looks back to move forward

Chilean producer Santa Carolina has launched an “icon” wine with a more...

Online retailer to highlight 'hidden gems'

A new online boutique wine importer and retailer Perfect Cellar has opened for more...

SWA creates heavyweight London team

The Scotch Whisky Association has appointed a number of senior high-fliers from more...

Bordeaux wine thieves found guilty

A French court has sentenced 15 men over the audacious theft of $1.1 million of more...

Fire devastates New Zealand winery

A fire has ripped through a New Zealand winery destroying its offices, kitchen more...

Vinadeis unveils Languedoc 'black diamonds'

One of France’s largest wine producers has launched a high-end Languedoc more...

E-commerce, Sales & Marketing Executive

London, United Kingdom

Competitive salary and bonus package based on experience and qualification.

Symington Estates to uncover Douro's best grapes

Symington Family Estates has planted an experimental vineyard in the hottest more...

Winemaker Sting sings to his wines

Musician Sting has revealed that he often sings in his wine cellar and likes to more...

BI offers 2014 imperial collection en primeur

Fine wine merchant Bordeaux Index is offering its clients a 10 imperial more...

PR Senior Account Manager/Director

London, United Kingdom

Depending on experience

Bordeaux 2005: 12 ‘perfect’ wines

Twelve wines have been given “perfect” 100-point ratings in Robert more...

Nyetimber partners with Ben Ainslie Racing

English sparkling wine producer Nyetimber has signed a three-year partnership more...

China recognises 'Bordeaux'

China has said it now recognises the term “Bordeaux” as a brand after what more...

Wine Buyer

London, United Kingdom

Based on experience

Plumpton College principal awarded OBE

Mr Des Lambert, Principal of Plumpton College since 2003, has been awarded an more...

Austrian wine importer launches in Hong Kong

A wine importer specialising in Austrian wines has launched in Hong Kong to more...

Q&A: John Barbier, the Colorado cook-vintner

“I have never followed a recipe in my life, I’m a man of instinct”, more...

Final call for Liberty apprentice scheme

Liberty Wines is inviting final applications for its apprentice programme, more...

China’s Ningxia region launches wine contest

Select winemakers will have the chance to travel to China to learn from its more...

Mumm releases Santana sparkler

Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana has teamed up with Mumm Napa to release a more...

Sales Executive - Wines & Spirits Competitions

London, United Kingdom

Competitive

Oregon producer takes international view

One of Oregon’s youngest wine estates has partnered with Jackson Family Wines more...

Castel feeds aperitif thirst

Europe’s largest wine producer, Castel, has unveiled a raft of new products more...

Top 10 influential wine consultants

10th December, 2013 by Gabriel Stone

3. Paul Hobbs

paul hobbsClients: Sets himself a “personal limit” of 35 clients. Currently working across seven countries, including Perez-Cruz in Chile, Alto Limay in Argentine Patagonia, Juanicó Wines in Uruguay, Stratus in Ontario, Chalone Vineyards in California and a new project in Armenia.

A specialist focus on oak ageing from his UC Davis days helped Hobbs rise to fame for his work under Robert Mondavi, in particular as winemaker for Mondavi-Rothschild collaboration Opus One. Despite this cellar expertise, Hobbs highlights his childhood on the family farm in New York State as he insists: “I have always preferred to be in the vineyard.”

The two element combine neatly in a current “crusade against SO2.” As he explains, “doing things well in the vineyard is number one so that you’re bringing sanitary fruit into the winery. A well managed winery means that you don’t need to add much SO2.”

Today, Hobbs balances his own Sonoma winery with consultancy work, which has seen him play a pioneering role in the evolution of Argentina’s wine industry ever since his first visit to Catena in the late ‘80s. Despite admitting that he would “absolutely not” have predicted the international success of the country’s Malbec, Hobbs’ early recommendations on canopy management, irrigation and use of US oak had a transformative effect on the variety’s quality.

As for his level of involvement in a client’s business, Hobbs’ services can reach well beyond the cellar. “It really does vary,” he explains. “Sometimes it’s strictly production, sometimes it roams into commercialisation. Some of my clients are very, very small so they might need some marketing help.”

Although he is yet to lend his expertise to the potentially major producers of the future such as India or China, Hobbs confirms: “If I get a serious invitation then I’d certainly take a look at it.” For the moment, the same desire for a fresh challenge that took him to South America 25 years ago is currently being channeled into an Armenia joint venture, which is due to begin planting in spring 2014. Indeed, he describes it as “the most difficult project I’ll ever do in my life.”

Closer to home, Hobbs is due to plant a 65-acre estate in his native New York State, where he has partnered with “a top producer in the Mosel” with the aim of producing an off-dry Riesling from the slate-rich site.

8 Responses to “Top 10 influential wine consultants”

  1. Kevin Robinson says:

    Amazingly, you left out David Ramey who Robert Parker claimed as one of the best in our industry!

  2. Greg Gillooly says:

    I’ve always maintained that there are only two stories to tell in all of fine wine promotion: the ” hallowed ground” story and the “magic chef” story. Now the “magic chefs” come to the “hallowed ground” where ever it may be. What a wonderful world this is!
    //

  3. Tom Payette says:

    So proud to see my mentor Mr. Boissenot and his son as the number one. You have his this spot on in ranking as best you could. Mr. Boissnot and his family are top notch and have taught me so very much. A Votre Sante !

  4. Andrew Healy says:

    Not a mention of Philippe Melka or Guy Anderson……

  5. Jamie Smith says:

    solid list and respect to wine consultants in shaping the wine supply chain and building wine brands!

  6. VinConnect says:

    Philippe Cambie and Philippe Melka would like to have a word with you…

  7. winedoggie says:

    You also left out Nick Goldschmidt. Over 30 years in the industry, consulting all over the world and makes some really amazing wines.

  8. sukumar das says:

    i like to set up a plant and seeking for consultancy

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>