Wine Writers Edit

See below the wines that the UK's leading wine writers have picked as your 'must discover' for London Wine Fair.

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Aleesha Hansel

Aleesha is a wine journalist, presenter, judge and amateur anthropologist. It was a natural progression when she fell into the wine trade, after many a year as an engaged consumer, that Aleesha quickly became fascinated by the anthropology of wine and the role it plays in culture and society. Using her multimedia journalistic and visual storytelling skills, Aleesha has become a successful wine communicator and freelance writer. She is the wine columnist for Red Magazine and her other articles can be found in publications including Ocadolife, Harpers Wine and Spirit, National Geographic Traveller Food, Imbibe and Sarah Abbott MW’s Swirl Wine Group blog.

She is the inaugural winner of the Champagne Louis Roederer BAME Bursary

@_spillingit

My Chosen Wines

Sigurd White Blend 2020
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Casal da Coelheira Mythos Red 2018
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Malamado Fortified Malbec
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Brad Horne aka WineTimeLondon

A Social Media wine communicator and presenter, Brad has - with his Instagram show #WineSocial Live - brought the wine world to people’s phones and living rooms during the past year and a half.

Brad has also been a judge at IWEA and writes content for producers and wine websites.  He is always looking for incredible stories and enjoys meeting fantastic wine industry professionals and bringing their stories to the wine world and consumers alike.

@winetimelondon

My Chosen Wines

Black Chalk Classic 2017
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Diwald Luft & Liebe Zweigelt 2018
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Kalfu Sumpai Sauvignon Blanc 2018
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Hannah Milnes aka The British Bouchon

Serving fine wines to skiers in chalets and celebrities on superyachts, Hannah yearned to learn more. So, combining her lust for vines and travel, Hannah spent two years working vintages in France, Australia, and New Zealand - making both commercial and minimal intervention wines. Feet firmly back on home soil she is besotted with the blossoming British wine scene. 

Hannah now owns ‘Bouchon Media’, a digital marketing agency for the wine industry, helping wine brands connect with real customers through engaging and impactful social media.

She also writes for the Great British Wine website, is a wine judge for the IEWA, and shares her opinions on wine via her popular Instagram handle @the.british.bouchon

 

My Chosen Wines

Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir, 2015
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Vallonne Vineyards Chenin Blanc 2018
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Blackbook Chardonnay "Painter of Light" 2019
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Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode is a UK-based wine writer, lecturer, wine judge and book author. With a PhD in plant biology, he worked as a science editor, before starting wineanorak.com in 1999, which became a popular wine website.Since 2005 he’s been the wine columnist for UK national newspaper The Sunday Express, and has written regularly for a range of publications. He is active as a speaker/lecturer and also a wine judge, and is one of the co-chairs for the International Wine Challenge. Goode’s books include the The Science of Wine, Authentic Wine, I Taste Red and Flawless. He’s also prolific on Twitter (@jamiegoode) and Instagram (@drjamiegoode).

My Chosen Wines

Rocamadre Criolla 2020
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Division-Villages Beton 2017
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Grace Wine, Private Reserve Koshu, Yamanashi 2018
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Jancis Robinson MW

Voted the world’s most influential wine critic in polls in the US, France and internationally in 2018, Jancis views herself as a wine writer rather than a wine critic.  She writes daily for www.jancisrobinson.com and weekly for The Financial Times.  She is founder-editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine, co-author with Hugh Johnson of The World Atlas of Wine, which launched its 8th edition in 2019, and co-author of Wine Grapes.  She wrote The 24-hour Wine Expert - a slim paperback guide to the practical essentials on wine – in 2017.

Jancis travels the world conducting wine events – often for the global literacy initiative Room to Read.  In 2018 she launched her own hand-made, dishwasher-friendly wine glass.

In 1984 she was the first person outside the wine trade to pass the Master of Wine examples, and was awarded an OBE in 2003, by Her Majesty The Queen, on whose cellar she now advises.

My Chosen Wines

Alpha Estate, Single Vineyard 'Hedgehog' Xinomavro 2017
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CVNE Contino Reserva 2016
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Campbells Rutherglen Classic Muscat
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Jane Parkinson

Jane Parkinson is an award-winning wine journalist, broadcaster and author, best known for her role as wine expert on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen Live.

She is the editor of lifestyle magazine Cherry, international columnist for Halliday magazine, columnist for Stylist and has written two books; Wine: Everything You Need to Know about Fizz, White, Pink & Red and her debut book, Wine & Food.

Jane is well known for hosting consumer and trade events, ranging from large consumer fairs to private corporate dinners to air steward wine training. She is also a regular contributor across all media channels, especially the BBC and Sky, as well as being a vastly experienced judge in both wine competitions and food competitions, here in the UK and internationally.

Jane is a previous recipient of the Chairman’s Award at the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards and the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year.

My Chosen Wines

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc des Blancs Brut 2007
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Ministry of Clouds Riesling 2020
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Hajszan Neumann "Natural" Zweigelt 2019
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Joe Wadsack

After studying Chemistry at Manchester, Joe went on to study and make wine in Bordeaux, attaining a winemaking diploma.

After a stint helping to run his parents award-winning pub, he was recruited by J. Sainsbury to create a company-wide wine training course.  He was promoted to buyer, from where he was head-hunted by Waitrose where he worked as a wine buyer for five years.

During this time, he co-presented TV show, Great Wine Walks.  He went on to appear in numerous other shows: Great Food Live; Saturday Kitchen; Ladette to Lady; and Richard and Judy - where he co-authored their hugely successful Richard and Judy Wine Guide. Joe has most recently been co-presenter of BBC Food & Drink with Tom Kerridge and is the new wine expert on ITV’s This Morning.

Joe has been a Panel Chair and Judge at The IWC for 25 years and is a regular judge at competitions throughout the world. He was awarded IWSC Communicator of the Year in 2005 and in 2016 – the only person to have won twice. He was also named The IWC’s Personality of the Year award in 2015.

My Chosen Wines

Loureiro Colheita Seleccionada Adega Ponte Lima 2020
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Chateau de Mercues Grand Vin Seigneur 2018 Cahors AOC
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Château Oumsiyat, 'Cuvée Membliarus’ 2018
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Oz Clarke

Known throughout the world for his phenomenal palate, irreverent style, accurate predictions and enthusiasm, Oz Clarke is Britain’s most popular wine writer. Alongside his numerous wine industry accolades, he is also the author of a collection of bestselling and award-winning wine books including Bordeaux, Oz and James Drink to Britain, Wine by the Glass and The World of Wine. His latest book English Wine: From Still to Sparkling (Pavilion Books), is out now.

Oz was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting and journalism.

My Chosen Wines

Brännland Claim Iscider 2017
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Bodegas Barbadillo Pastora Manzanilla en Rama Pasada
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Simpsons Gravel Castle Chardonnay 2020
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Tim Atkin MW

Tim Atkin MW is a UK wine journalist, critic and photographer with an international following and a significant presence on social media. His website timatkin.com and his entertaining weekly newsletter are widely read and re-quoted.

He writes annual, in-depth reports on Argentina, Burgundy, Chile, Rioja and South Africa, as well as presenting the weekly #corktalk podcast and Instagram Live with famous figures from the wine business.

Tim has won over 35 awards for his journalism, including most recently the 2020 Louis Roederer Wine Columnist of the Year Award. He is also a contributing editor to Decanter, writes a bi-monthly column for Harpers and is a co-chair of the International Wine Challenge.

He holds a BA in French Literature and Language from Durham University and an MSc (with distinction) in European Studies from the London School of Economics. He passed the Master of Wine exams at the first attempt in 2001.

Tim will launch his Argentina Report during the London Wine Fair, on 18th May.

My Chosen Wines

Beeslaar Pinotage 2018
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Zuccardi Polígonos San Pablo Verdejo 2020
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Badiola, Vino de Pueblo, Laguardia 2018
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Victoria Moore

Victoria Moore is the author of the best-selling books The Wine Dine Dictionary and How to Drink.  A leading journalist and drink expert, she is the wine correspondent of the Daily Telegraph and Telegraph Luxury and her work has also appeared in the Decanter, BBC Good Food, the Guardian, Olive Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar.  She also acts as a wine adviser, copywriter and consultant and is now working on a project about the sense of smell.

My Chosen Wines

Yerevan Areni Karmrahyut 2019
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Gunderloch Red Stone Riesling QbA 2019
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Château Cibonne Clos Cibonne Cuvée Tradition Rosé Côtes de Provence Cru Classé 2019
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