Meet the Member: A year in review

To celebrate the first year of The Circular online, we’ve compiled highlights from our year of Meet the Member interviews. Take a browse below and click on the links to see the full interviews with some of our members over the last year. What is your earliest memory of wine? “I think it is nanny’s disapproval. When I was very young, we lived in a small house and my father used to buy wine an...
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MTM: Jane Anson

Jane Anson is one of the most prolific writers in Bordeaux today. While working as a columnist and Bordeaux critic for Decanter, Jane has also published two award-winning books: Bordeaux Legends and Wine Revolution: The World's Best Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wines. She's also working on another guide to the great French region, Inside Bordeaux, which will be published next year. Amanda Barne...
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MTM: Steven Spurrier

There are few people in the wine trade who have had such a pivotal role in changing the reputation of Californian wines as Steven Spurrier. Famed for organising the Judgement of Paris in 1976, Spurrier has been an opinion leader in the industry for over 50 years. Amanda Barnes interviews him at 67 Pall Mall in London to discuss the highlights of his career, and his wine cellar.   The titl...
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MTM: Cathrine Todd

Cathrine Todd, known as Dame Wine online,  didn't have a traditional route into the world of wine but she has certainly taken it by storm garnering critical praise and a strong social media following. Amanda Barnes interviews her and finds out why blogging offers certain freedoms compared to traditional press and how important community is online.   How did you get into wine? What are you...
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MTM: Tim Atkin MW

Tim Atkin MW has one of the most recognisable voices in wine communication today and has established himself as a wine critic for his own eponymous site, TimAtkin.com, in addition to writing for several other publications. Amanda Barnes interviews him on how he entered the wine world, the state of wine communication today and what he plans to do next.   What was your first memory of wine?...
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MTM: Britt and Per Karlsson

Two Swedes living in Paris, Britt and Per Karlsson are a power couple in wine communication. They have co-authored books together, frequently publish articles and photography internationally, and offer wine education through specialist wine tours. This month their wine tour business took them to South America, where Amanda Barnes interviewed them over a glass of bubbles in Mendoza city. They have ...
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MTM: José Vouillamoz

José Vouillamoz is one of the world's leading authorities on the origin and parentage of grape varieties. A prominent botanist, José has identified over 300 grape varieties since he first started working on DNA profiling back in 2001. He has also tasted more grape varieties than most. Co-author of Wine Grapes with fellow Circle members Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding, José has published articles...
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MTM: Yair Koren Kornblum

One of Israel's top wine and spirits journalists, Yair Koren Kornblum has seen many changes in the wine industry during his career as a writer, broadcaster and editor, which spans over four decades. In this interview Yair tells us about the importance, and early start, of wine drinking in the Jewish tradition; the exciting styles emerging from this historic wine country today; and why it can be "v...
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MTM: Julia Harding

Julia Harding MW, book and website editor, writer and wine critic, writes for and edits JancisRobinson.com and is co-author, with José Vouillamoz and Jancis Robinson, of the multi award-winning Wine Grapes – a complete guide to 1,368 grape varieties including their origins and flavours. She recounts the beginnings of her beautiful friendship with Jancis, who she initially wrote to “more in hope th...
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