Isabelle Legeron | Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine
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“Standard bearer for the natural wine movement, Legeron is one of the 50 most powerful women in wine” (Drinks Business)
 
As France’s only female Master of Wine, and one of only 354 MWs worldwide, Isabelle's wine life started very classically indeed. Winner of the Madame Bollinger award for Excellence in Tasting, and the Villa Maria award for Viticulture, she was also named 'Wine Woman of the Year' in Paris.
 
Several years back, however, she decided to help people think about what they drink and promote transparency in the wine world, which lead her to create RAW WINE, the UK’s largest artisan wine fair, which has since expanded to include an annual event in Berlin and New York. Described as ‘the fair of note for artisan and natural wines’ by El Mundo and by Ottolenghi as ‘showing the world the right approach to wine’, RAW WINE today leads the charge globally for greater transparency in the world of wine. A huge advocate of organic farming practices, Isabelle does not sit on the fence. For her, the world's best wines are natural and that is all she personally drinks. Isabelle’s day job sees her consulting for the 2-Michelin starred Hibiscus in Mayfair, as well as the Borough Market local, Elliot’s, and The Richmond in Hackney.
 
She has hosted her own TV shows – including THAT CRAZY FRENCH WOMAN and Journey into Wine, four seasons of which were broadcast on Travel Channel to some 120 countries in 20 different languages.
 
Her work in wine has also seen her founding the wine school at Divertimenti on Marylebone High Street, which she ran for 10 years; helping to revamp the wine offering at Soneva Fushi, an eco-luxury resort in the Maldives; designing the drinks programme for the exclusive eco-resort Kittitian Hill in St Kitts and founding Bacchanalia, a private members wine club and investment portfolio for a select group of management consultants, lawyers, bankers and energy professionals in the City.
 
Isabelle is a contributor to Decanter magazine and several other international publications. Her first book, Natural Wine: an introduction to organic and biodynamic wines made naturally was published by RPS CICO in the US and UK in July 2014 and was shortlisted for the Fortnum & Mason Best Drinks Book as well as the Louis Roederer and André Simon awards.
Years at Litfest: 2017

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