Meet the Member: James Halliday

James Halliday
James Halliday needs no introduction to anyone in the wine industry, as one of the world's most renowned wine critics, who has been at the forefront of Australian wine communication for over 30 years. Amanda Barnes interviews him on his career in wine and why, after writing over 150,000 wine tasting notes and 70 books, he is now focusing on a new business, Junovate, and looking at how AI can push ...
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Meet the Member: Sarah Jane Evans

Sarah Jane Evans wine writer, Circle of Wine Writers interview
Sarah Jane Evans MW is an award-winning wine writer, critic and editor who is renowned for her astute tasting ability and thirst for knowledge. Amanda Barnes interviews her to find out more about her journey into wine, and specifically why she likes to champion the still and fortified wines of Spain, as well as discovering why white chocolate and White Zinfandel might not be as bad a pairing as it...
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Meet the Member: Michael Fridjhon

Michael Fridjhon
Michael Fridjhon delivers a frank assessment on the far-reaching impact of Covid-19 on the Cape wine industry, which has seen a ban on exports and alcohol sales. He also talks about defining moments in the development of the South African wine scene, and how pre-Covid, he never really had a ‘normal’ day. This has been one of the toughest times for the South African wine industry in recent years. ...
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Meet the Member: Sue Tolson

Sue Tolson has become increasingly involved in the Hungarian wine scene, having been based in Budapest for several years. Amanda Barnes interviews her to find out what's happening in Hungarian wine and why she's also keen to unite volcanic wine producers from around the world. What first sparked your interest in wine? My dad enjoyed wine, so I was always a little interested. Funnily enough, he...
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Meet the Member: Georges Meekers

Georges Meekers is a leading writer and expert on the wines of Malta, where he is based, as well as an eminent online educator. Amanda Barnes interviews him and discovers more about his first forays into wine, why native Maltese wines deserve some attention today and his thoughts on why wine appreciation comes much more naturally than we believe.    What is your earliest memory in wine? H...
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Meet the Member: Tanya Mann

Tanya Mann was born in Russia and after a decade living in London, she has returned to run a few wine projects, details of which she shares with Amanda Barnes in this interview. She also talks about her first taste of fine wine and how the Russian wine market is changing. Tanya is a Member of the Circle of Wine Writers and currently serving on the Committee. Tell us about where you grew up and ...
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Meet the Member: Liz Sagues

Liz Sagues is well known for her book on English wine, but it was in fact a bottle of Burgundy (enjoyed in the dark!) that brought her into the world of fine wine. In this interview, we find out how she has enjoyed maintaining a wine column for over 30 years at a North London newspaper and why she believes Muscadet and Loire Moelleux are the most underrated wines today. As a Committee Member Liz h...
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Meet the Member: Natalie MacLean

Natalie Maclean
Natalie MacLean is a wine writer, broadcaster and Brunello lover. She's also the only person to have won both the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award from the James Beard Foundation and the M.F.K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing from Les Dames d'Escoffier International. Amanda Barnes interviews her on her career in wine, how digital media has transformed wine writing and educ...
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Meet the Member: Hugh Johnson OBE

Hugh Johnson OBE is the world's best-selling wine writer and along with fellow Circle Member, Jancis Robinson, they have just launched the 8th edition 0f The World Atlas of Wine. Amanda Barnes interviews Hugh on his career as a wine writer and how he first came to put together the first edition of this revolutionary wine book in 1971. Hugh shares his thoughts on climate change, the evolution of wi...
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Meet the Member: Michael Edwards

Michael Edwards went from reading the Bar to dealing in Burgundy and is today one of the world's most respected Champagne writers and tasters. Amanda Barnes interviews him on his career in wine, the tides of change he has witnessed in Champagne, how he sees the future of wine and restaurant criticism and why a dirty Vodka Martini is the only secret in his cellar... How did you get into wine? In ...
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