Meet the Experts

Andrew Barrow

Andrew Barrow

With perhaps the greatest tag line ever “Spittoon: We Spit So You Can Follow” is one of the top wine blogs in the UK.  Amongst the regular ‘normal’ content of wine tasting notes and wine and food matching ideas there are more unique reports – what to drink to impress the locals on the French …

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Ben Austin

Ben Austin

Having recently taking the position of Sommelier at a wonderful restaurant in Bristol called Bells Diner, Ben is really enjoying being back on the floor after spending 4 years working for Majestic Wine in their retail and commercial departments. Alongside the restaurant Ben is also studying for the WSET Diploma which is really exciting. He …

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Charles Saunders

Charles Saunders

Charles Saunders is a wine lover and blogger in equal measure. He has no particular claim to fame in the wine industry and would probably score badly in any blind taste test. Yet, Charles is passionate in his belief that wine is not the preserve of the cognoscenti and almost everyone could gain more enjoyment …

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Cliff Rames

Cliff Rames

Certified Sommelier Cliff Rames is the founder of Wines of Croatia, a U.S.-based wine marketing organization whose mission is to raise awareness and expand appreciation of the wines of Croatia. Cliff administers the Wines of Croatia Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as manages and contributes articles to the Wines of Croatia blog. He has …

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David Lowe

David Lowe

David is a UK-based wine blogger whose site, bigpinots.com, focuses on how technology is being used in the world of wine. Having spent the last 10 years working in various technology-based roles, and at the same time indulging his love of wine (he holds the WSET Advanced Certificate), David now proudly describes himself as “a …

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David Wong

David Wong

Born in Hong Kong, David was raised in the UK since the age of 4, he has worked with the late Jean Bordier ((M.O.F) & Chairman of the Master Chefs of France) at the L’Aubergade in France, Anton Mosimann (OBE), London, UK & Rick Stein (OBE) in Padstow, UK. Hotel experiences include the Mandarin Oriental, …

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Jeanne Horak-Druiff

Jeanne Horak-Druiff

Jeanne is a South African food and wine blogger who has been living in London for 10 years.  Her blog CookSister! was named as one of the Times Online’s top 50 food blogs in the world and is also a four-time winner of the Best South African Food Blog category in the South African Blog …

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Jenny Mackenzie

Jenny Mackenzie

Jenny started in the wine world in 2006, working behind the scenes at events and competitions such as those run by Decanter and the International Wine Challenge. Having previously been writing about food for some years, she first had a couple of suburban newspaper wine columns, then wrote consumer wine features but now prefers writing …

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Jeremy

Jeremy Williams

Jeremy Williams is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has worked for twenty years in British television. He has also been a freelance journalist and has written for Broadcast and on-line for the BBC and on wine for such magazines as Decanter, Wine Magazine and the Wine Enthusiast. He has also made wine in France (Bordeaux and the …

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Joe Roberts

Joe Roberts

Joe Roberts is the creator of the popular and award-winning website 1WineDude.com, which publishes wine reviews, wine industry personality interviews, and Op/Ed commentary on the wine world, with an aim towards entertaining you so much that you’re not even aware that you’re being educated at the same time.  He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife …

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John Berry

John Berry

Born in Bristol and now living & working in The Netherlands for the best part of a decade, John made his career in television, but his fascination and passion for wine got the better of him. Working in a wine shop in his early 20’s taught John very little (aside from the merits of a …

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Jon Staenberg

Jon Staenberg

Jon Staenberg has worked with venture-backed companies for 20 years, in several capacities – as founder, manager and venture capitalist. As an entrepreneur he has established five companies, served on the senior management team of several early-stage organizations and provided venture capital funding to more than 100 start-ups. He is one of the most experienced …

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Judith Burns

Judith Burns

Wine lover, wine drinker and now wine importer, Judith started her career in the music industry with punk in full swing. She then ran her own company for 25 years helping small business owners to organize their chaotic lives, taking on aspects of any of their regular day-to-day activities from marketing and PR to book-keeping, …

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Juel Mahoney

Juel Mahoney

Juel Mahoney works in wine  in central London. She is the owner of blogs, Wine Woman & Song and Vinissima Report on Italian wine. Find Juel on Twitter @winewomansong and online at www.winewomansong.co.uk and www.vinissima.net.

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Julia Sevenich

Julia Sevenich

Julia Sevenich is an American-born wine and food publicist and educator. She wrote her first book “Weinsensorik” in 2005 and has been the English editor of the annual “Ultimate Austrian Wine Guide” for the last 10 years. She is a regular freelance contributor to books and magazines and teaches the WSET Diploma at the Austrian …

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Lucy Bridgers

Lucy Bridgers

Lucy has worked in the wine trade since graduating in 1991. Her career began in wine retailing at Oddbins, moving on to book publishing where, along with other titles, she edited Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book. She then became a public relations consultant, representing leading wine producers, Torres and Leeuwin. She has studied the subject …

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Matt Walls

Matt Walls

Award-winning taster and avid wine writer Matt Walls started his career at St Martin Vintners, a small independent wine merchant in Brighton. After a number of years with Bollinger Champagne as Fine Wines Manager, he set up, managed and helped buy the wines for the flagship store of The Sampler, a groundbreaking modern wine merchant …

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Michael Brazile

Michael Brazile

Michael first encountered good wine on the weekend dinner table while growing up in the Atlanta suburb of Lilburn, GA in the early 1990’s. Dorm life at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston helped introduce him to more varied concoctions, while it was work soon thereafter, at a wine shop in Santa Fe, …

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Michael Ellis

Michael Ellis

‘Punter’ is a colloquial term for a speculator, someone willing to have a go.  My approach to wine is to dive in head first, give it a sniff, have a swig and say what you think.  My belief is simple, a good wine is one you enjoy regardless of price, variety or reputation. Wine is …

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Mike Veseth

Mike & Sue Veseth

Sue Veseth, now retired, spent 35 years in corporate communications, primarily as an editor, writer and public relations specialist. She is Mike Veseth’s primary research assistant, and occasionally provides editing and writing expertise in exchange for wine. Mike Veseth  edits The Wine Economist blog and is author of Wine Wars: The Curse of the Blue …

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Miss Bouquet

Miss Bouquet

Miss Bouquet is a London based wine blogger, wine columnist to The Notebook Kensington & Chelsea and has worked in the wine trade since she graduated in 2001. She developed My Wine Friend in June 2011, the iPhone app that helps people to become their own wine expert. Find Miss Bouquet on Twitter @missbouquet and …

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Neil Phillips

Neil Phillips

Neil Phillips The Wine Tipster “makes wine make sense”, in a smooth-talking, entertaining, lively and informative way on TV, radio, on-line, and at live shows. Neil has extensive experience as a speaker, interviewer, MC, voice-over artist, horse racing pundit and presenter of wine and food. His appearances include Channel 4, Daily Mail on-line, Webchats TV, …

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Nicolette Waterford

Nicolette Waterford

Nicolette owns Waterford Communications, a boutique communications consultancy that concentrates on managing the reputation of various companies and organisations, predominantly in the wine and tourism sectors. Prior to starting Waterford Communications, after completion of her studies at the University of Stellenbosch, Nicolette worked at ETV on the production team of an investigative news programme, e-files; …

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Pamela Heiligenthal

Pamela Heiligenthal is the co-founder of the award winning website, Enobytes. In 2011, the Wine Blog Awards awarded Enobytes “Best Wine Reviews“, and in 2010, Saveur Magazine nominated them as “Best Wine Blog”.  Pamela’s articles frequently appear in the L.A. Times, Vegetarian Times, Sommelier’s Journal, U.C. Berkeley Astrobiology News, and her reviews appear in popular iPhone …

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Paola Tich

Paola Tich

Paola is a London-based wine blogger who also runs a communications consultancy. She trained as a journalist, working for Sky News, GMTV and BBC radio amongst others before jumping ship into PR and internal communications for major global companies. Starting her own business has given her the flexibility to indulge in her passion for wine …

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Paul Kiernan

Paul Kiernan

Paul works for Bubble Brothers, a Cork-based wine importer that sells to consumers, restaurants, shops, bars, airports, and ferries – anyone who’s up for buying wine, really! For two-and-a-half years he wrote a humble, independent wine blog called ‘Grapes of Sloth’; Jamie Goode linked to one of his posts once, and Gary Vaynerchuk read another …

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Peter Deeley

Peter Deeley

Peter is a wine loving farmer from North Oxfordshire, producing Aberdeen Angus beef and lowland spring lamb. Find Peter on Twitter @peterthefarmer.

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Randall Grahm

Randall Grahm

Like Columbus who sought a trade route to Asia, Randall Grahm set sail in 1979 for the Great American Pinot Noir, foundered on the shoals of astringency and finesselessness and ended up running aground in the utterly unexpected New World of Rhône and Italian grape varieties. Randall was born in Los Angeles in 1953 and …

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Richard Dickison

Richard Dickinson

Richard is a retired 56-year-old husband with three adult children. He spent the last 3 years of his career living and working in Spain. Richard is interested in cooking and imbibing in moderation. He plays the mandolin and mandola. Richard enjoys studying birds as well as embroidering them from his simple pencil outline sketches. When …

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Richard Saxton

Richard Saxton

Richard is a lawyer by day and a wine blogger and writer by night, mainly under his pseudonym of “The Graped Crusader”. Richard has written for a number of publications including Sommelier India, Good Bottle of Wine Magazine, The Bromsgrove Standard, Emerald Street (Stylist) and Browse Bullring. Richard is also the wine critic for Find …

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Robert Giorgione

Robert Giorgione

Robert Giorgione is a London-based, independent wine consultant and award-winning sommelier. In 2006, he started blogging about food, wine and travel, has judged on many wine competitions and has worked two vintage harvests in New Zealand. In 2009, he created his own website, consultancy and social media resource. An author, he self-published his first book via …

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Simon Woods

Simon Woods

Simon Woods has won awards for his website simonwoods.com, his books (including ‘I Don’t Know Much About Wine But I Know What I Like’) and his can-can dancing. He lives in the Pennines in the north of England with his wife and two children, but has found time to visit virtually all the world’s major …

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Simon Woolf

Simon Woolf

Simon is a wine and food enthusiast living in London. He has been studying, analysing and enjoying wine for well over a decade, but only started to write about it at themorningclaret.com in January 2011. Simon always swayed towards classic old-world wines (Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhone, Barolo, Brunello etc) but the more he studies wine …

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Sophie McLean

Sophie McLean

Travel, wine and writing have always been three particular passions of Sophie’s, and still take up much of her professional and spare time. Memorable experiences have seen Sophie travelling through Australia and New Zealand, living in Spain and Italy where she worked for a mail-order wine company in Piedmont, and becoming president of the Bristol …

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Steven Spurrier

Steven joined the London wine trade in 1964, moved to Paris in 1970 and bought a wine shop – Caves de la Madeleine – in the centre of the city and in 1973 founded L’Academie du Vin, France’s first private wine school.  Held in 1976 what became an historic blind tasting between California and French …

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Susanna Forbes

Susanna Forbes

Susanna gave up an award-winning career in science and medical journalism when the lure of the vine became too strong. Oddbins proved a great learning ground, including entertaining stints managing shops in Glasgow, before Susanna returned to the editorial side at Wine International. While at Mitchell Beazley she commissioned the last edition of the World …

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Tai-Ran Niew

Trained as an Aeronautical Engineer, Tai-Ran spent an accidental 12 years on Wall Street as an investment banker.  Now on an odyssey into wine, he is working on the WSET Diploma, and has taken part in the Sonoma and Barossa harvests.  Tai-Ran has contributed to www.jancisrobinson.com and is also looking to start a cool-climate vineyard.  …

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Tara O'Leary

Tara O’Leary

Tara is a wine expert, presenter, writer, sommelier and the voice behind winepassionista.com and the author of ‘Every Wine Tells a Story’.  She has judged at the prestigious International Wine Challenge (IWC) and is a WSET Certified Educator of Wine. Tara’s greatest passion is to inspire and encourage interesting and extensive wine experiences in the …

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Torsten Reimer

Torsten Reimer

Historian by training, manager of digital research by trade and wine blogger by night. Of those three activities, wine is the only one that runs in the family – he still remembers his dad coming home after the first day on his last job and casually saying he had wine once worth over €50.000 poured …

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