Wine Story: an interview with Jon Bowskill

October 12, 2020
Discover Jon Bowskill, a rehabilitation and performance specialist.

Tell us about what you do for work?

I work as a rehabilitation and performance specialist helping clients to solve mechanical aches and pains and helping them get back to doing what they love. I am also involved in various other health related entrepreneurial projects.

Where do you live?

I live in Ambleside in Cumbria

What have you done more of in lockdown? How’s it been?

I’ve been lucky in that having spent the last 15 years living between London and New York  I now live in a mountain community and my back door opens onto the fells so my walks have been into the great outdoors, although shorter than I would have liked in the early days.
I also did a lot more cooking and tried with mixed success to learn to speak Norweigan. I’m quite happy in my own company and also enjoyed the change of pace from my usual schedule.

What’s your earliest memory of wine?

I would say that it was probably around the festive season and seeing wine being enjoyed by family at Christmas and on special occasions. I became more interested in wine personally at University and always had an interest in it from then on really..

3 favourites spots to eat out near where you live? brunch, lunch and dinner?

My number one spot for dinner has to be Lucy’s in Ambleside. A great family style restaurant ran by Lucy for some 30 years with an excellent menu, well priced wine list and truly wicked desserts.
For lunch The Queens Head in Troutbeck which has come back over recent years after almost burning to the ground but still does a fantastic and somewhat legendary Lakeland lamb shank.
Breakfast has to be the Copper Pot, a local café in Ambleside, which does a superb english breakfast as well as great coffee.

3 favourites dishes to eat in? Do you cook?

My favourite meal to cook in has to be my chilli bolognaise, which has taken on a life of its own in terms of ingredients over the years and I top it off with a goats gouda. I also enjoy making a slow cooked beef shin casserole with paprika and when the weather allows a rib eye steak on the BBQ using the ingredients and recipes from my friend Diego Jacquet’s of Zoilo restaurant in Marylebone’s BBQ delivery box. Quite simply the best BBQ ingredients you can buy!

What’s your favourite wine?

I’m a big fan of Sauvignon Blanc and on the reds I float between Pinot Noir and Malbec as favourites – My faves are probably Jules Taylor Marlborough Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.

Best wine you’ve tasted recently?

Probably a 2014 Marlborough Pinot Noir by Greywacke.

Holiday destination where you’ve drunk the best wine?

I would say St Emilion having cycled from Bordeaux to Biarritz and then stopped on the way back for a gastronomique weekend of R and R.

3 songs for your dinner party playlist

Fix you by Coldplay
Don’t stop me now by Queen
Poppiholla by Chicane

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