Dry Extract Interview: Ronan Sayburn, Master Sommelier, London, UK

Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn. 

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Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn. 

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Yorkshire-born Ronan Sayburn is a Master Sommelier, a former UK Sommelier of the Year and has represented the UK twice in the European Sommelier Competition. He is also the CEO of the Court of Master Sommeliers in Europe plus the Head of Wines for 67 Pall Mall; a private members’ club for wine lovers with sites in London, Singapore and Verbier. When not drinking wine, Ronan can be found deep-diving shipwrecks off the south coast of England.

The best advice I ever got

Invest in property.

My life motto

Never stop learning.

I am currently reading

Halfway through 500 wine books! Plus the autobiography of Barack Obama.

My most played music track

Jungleland by Bruce Springsteen.

If I didn’t do my current job I would be

Diving instructor or architect.

Skill I don’t currently possess but would like to have 

Flying light aircraft.

My favourite kind of exercise


I relax while

Drinking wine.

I collect

Rocks from vineyards all over the world.

My essential newspaper/magazine


My desert-island wine

Pomerol, preferably Château Trotanoy.

I have learnt a lot from

The great wine merchants that we have in London.

My last meal and sip will be

Jamon Iberico and Palo Cortado.