David Cobbold

David Cobbold

About David Cobbold

An active wine writer, broadcaster and teacher who came from England to live in France in 1973, David has worked in the wine trade fulltime since 1983. For the past 18 years, he has been running his own business as a writer and journalist, as well as teaching wine knowledge to wine lovers and professionals, via l’Académie du Vin de Paris and wine clubs. In addition to articles for various specialist wine magazines in France (Regal and Gault Millau), Canada (Vins et Vignobles), the UK, Japan (Wands) and India (Sommelier India), David is author or co-author of more than 20 books on wine.

January 2020

The origins of Sauvignon Blanc, an interview with José Vouillamoz

2020-01-17T11:23:48+02:00January 17th, 2020|Sauvignon Committee|

The remarkable book by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and José Vouillamoz entitled ‘Wine Grapes’ was published by Allen Lane in 2012. David Cobbold was quick to purchase a copy, which has since become his reference book on the vast subject of vine varieties. He spoke with José Vouillamoz about the origins of Sauvignon Blanc. The [...]

December 2018

Henry Marionnet and his ungrafted Sauvignon

2019-10-01T09:37:47+02:00December 12th, 2018|Sauvignon Committee|

Almost all vines are now grafted onto rootstock to prevent the return of the deadly phylloxera louse. In the Loire Valley, Henry Marionnet has chosen to try to do without this usually necessary precaution in part of his vineyard. David Cobbold reports on the results of his experiments. The Touraine region of the Loire valley, apparently [...]

February 2017

How pioneers wrote the story of Sauvignon blanc and research

2019-10-01T11:33:54+02:00February 6th, 2017|Sauvignon Committee|

David Cobbold looks at how Sauvignon blanc spread thanks to the pioneering efforts of a clutch of wine growers and how research, when properly used, can provide the tools for precision management. It is only fitting that a review of pioneering research into Sauvignon blanc should start with a tribute to one of its leading [...]