Current favourite things: Aperol Spritz, cycling in the sun, The Chemistry of Tears (Peter Carey)
Last wine I drank: Perez Cruz’s Carmenere (Alto Maipo)
Last meal/dish I really enjoyed: the tasting menu at Lima
Coming up/out now: Articles
Stylist: Gourmet-on-the-go wine choice (weekly)
Christie’s International Real Estate Magazine: West Coast US wine tour
Men’s Health: Supermarket sommelier
Brides magazine: English fizz to celebrate with…
Square Meal: Top notch Australian Pinot Noir
Tesco Magazine: The best wines for seasonal foods
Restaurant Magazine: Spanish whites
Square Meal: Around the [Champagne] Houses
Coming up: In Person
March – June – Sherry Nights at Camino, London
April – Judging, Decanter World Wine Awards
May – Judging, Copa Jerez UK final
June – Vinho Verde masterclasses (trade only)
June – Judging, What Food? What Wine?
July – Imbibe Live!
August – Judging, Quality Drink Awards
November – The Wine Gang Christmas Fairs in Bath, London & Edinburgh
A bit of a background…
Above everything else I suppose you’d call me a drinks lover. I just happen to write about it and talk about it for a living. And usually on wine.
I have a few regular gigs – wine editor of Restaurant magazine, wine columnist for Stylist, Men’s Health and Tesco Magazine, plus I’m one of The Wine Gang. But I write for anyone and everyone, from the FT’s How To Spend It to Decanter. I like to talk about my favourite subject too, so I also host events – tastings, courses, masterclasses – whatever people ask of me, and I frequently judge in wine competitions too.
In the past I’ve worked full-time for three drinks magazines, and it was during my time in my last permanent role, at The Drinks Business, I was awarded the Chairman’s Award at the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards for “rising rocket-like” through the world of wine writing (for various Champagne articles in 2009), but before TDB I wrote for Wine & Spirit, and in the very beginning, for Wine International.
I brought this website to life a couple of years ago when I went freelance, prior to which I spent three brilliant months working at a winery in McLaren Vale, South Australia. I’d planned on working an entire harvest there but the cool summer (by their standards), meant I only caught the first few glimpses of harvest, but at least it was long enough to create Lady Jane Shiraz!
So, I hope you enjoy clicking through my site, and if you want to get in touch about articles or asking me to do anything in person, please drop me a line or get in touch with my lovely agent Anne Kibel.