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Bartholomew Broadbent

Bartholomew Broadbent is the owner of Broadbent Selections, one of America’s finest wine importing companies. He also produces Broadbent Madeira, Vinho Verde and Port. In 1989, having moved to America four years earlier to develop the Port market, Bartholomew was made responsible for reintroducing Madeira to the USA, as it had never recovered from Prohibition's destructive effect. By 1997, with Broadbent Selections, "He has expanded from his pivotal role in the breathtaking growth of Port and Madeira to exert a profound influence on the US wine market” said Decanter magazine who named him one of the “fifty most influential in the wine world…the faces to watch in the new millennium”. Profiled by Wine Spectator [1986], Market Watch “The Pioneer of Port” [2008], American Fine Wine Magazine [2008] and Forbes.com [2009], the son of Michael Broadbent MW, Bartholomew was also named by Wine&Spirits in 2008 as one of ten in the world to be “driving the most revolutionary changes in wine” for his visionary work producing Chinese wine. Broadbent Selections continues to build the Madeira revival but now also represents other famous wines from most wine producing countries, like Chateau Musar, Spy Valley and all the most cutting edge wineries in South Africa. Bartholomew has been a regular speaker at the most important wine festivals in the USA, as well as being a lecturer around the world for many of the greatest cruise lines. He now lives in Richmond, Virginia where, coincidentally, he happens to live in the house which was used to secretly plot and repeal Virginia's Prohibition. You can follow Bartholomew on Twitter, Facebook and his website Broadbent.com