Along the way I have written several books including Wine Wisdom, How to Choose Wine, Party Drinks, the best-selling (and humorous!) Girls’ Guide to Wine and How to Make Your Own Drinks. I’ve won the Glenfiddich, Champagne Lanson and Roederer awards for my writing and in 2004 was the International Wine and Spirits Competition’s Communicator of the Year. In 2016 I was awarded Rioja Communicator of the Year.
I’m familiar to many wine & food lovers as a regular wine expert on BBC1’s flagship cookery show ‘Saturday Kitchen’ for 12 years. Before that I was resident wine expert on ‘Richard & Judy’ and I’ve appeared on numerous other TV and radio programmes. I judge wine competitions at home and abroad and host wine tastings at food festival, on river cruises and at wineries around the UK and Europe. And I present wine and spirit events with Three Wine Men! It’s a busy life…
I live in Devon and am a board director for Food Drink Devon.
My long and varied career as a wine writer and broadcaster started when I worked as assistant editor on WINE Magazine in London. I set off for Australia in the mid-1990s to spend the vintage in the Barossa Valley. Back in the UK I became editor of Which? Wine Monthly, then co-editor of the Which? Wine Guide. I now write a long-standing weekly column for telegraph.co.uk/Sunday Telegraph and I am drinks editor for the lovely Delicious magazine. I contribute to Food Magazine in the south-west of England and write freelance articles for Decanter, among other publications.