Honorary Life Member
Peter Ranscombe is the wine columnist and drinks blogger for Scottish Field magazine, the drinks columnist for BQ and BQ Scotland magazines, and a contributor to Whisky Quarterly and World Travel Guide. He is a freelance journalist and copywriter.
Jonathan is drinks editor of The Spectator and the regular drinks columnist for The Field, Spear’s and Boat International. He has written a dozen books on wines and spirits and is a co-founding director of the Brighton Spirits Company, producers of fine Brighton Gin.
Peter Richards MW
Peter Richards is well known as a Master of Wine, TV presenter, author, writer, event host and all-round bad influence. Married to fellow MW Susie Barrie, theirs is a curious and delicious household of popping corks, clattering cutlery and clinking glasses
Jancis Robinson MW, OBE
Jancis has been writing about wine since December 1975 and has won countless awards. She writes daily for JancisRobinson.com, weekly for the Financial Times and writes a bi-monthly column that is syndicated around the world. She is responsible for The Oxford Companion to Wine, The World Atlas of Wine and too much else.
Owner and principal photographer of Cephas Picture Library, Mick has specialised in photographing the world’s wine industry since 1985. Clients can search for photos and download hi-res files (with detailed captions). Always interested in discussing collaborative projects.
Quentin is a very popular speaker at wine clubs and consumer events. He teaches WSET qualifications and designs and delivers bespoke courses. He creates restaurant wine lists, retail ranges, writes back-labels, wine descriptions and is an accomplished wine cartographer.
Wine writer and lecturer, wine columnist for the Ham&High Series of newspapers in north and north west London, twice winner of the Roederer Regional Wine Writer of the Year award, member of the CWW committee. Author of "A Celebration of English Wine" (Robert Hale, 2018) and of "Sussex by the Glass: Wines, Vines and Two Pioneering Families" (Tanwood Press, 2021).
Sumita is a wine journalist and communicator. Owner of Sumilier Private Tastings. As a wine educator, she focuses on food and wine pairings, particularly Asian and healthy plant based foods, bringing together her cultural heritage, passion for fitness and wine expertise into one platform.
Michael is an independent writer, consultant and lecturer. He is a regular contributor to The World of Fine Wine and has run his own wine school for 35 years. He chairs the Jury of Riga’s Wines of the Year competition, and in 2002 was elected to the Académie Internationale du Vin.
Writer, presenter, author, competition judge and event host, Joanna is well known for her 22 years on The Sunday Times and expertise in wine & food matching; co-founder of The Wine Gang; contributor to The World of Fine Wine, Decanter et al.
Stephen Skelton MW
Stephen Skelton MW is an expert on English and Welsh wines, having spent over 40 years involved with its production in one way or another. He is a Master of Wine, a viticultural consultant and published author and wine journalist.
Victor Smart writes regularly for publications such as the on-trade’s The Buyer and Financial Times specialist publications. He has worked on the staff of national media, including the Observer, and appeared as a pundit on BBC, Sky News and CNN.
Olly is a drinks expert, writer & broadcaster. He is the wine expert for BBC1's Saturday Kitchen, wine columnist for The Mail on Sunday and host of his own drinks podcast 'A Glass With'. He is a WSET ambassador.
Steven entered the London wine trade in 1964. Founder of L’Academie du Vin in Paris, author of several books and Decanter Consultant Editor from 1994 to 2020. Currently a partner in publishing venture the Academie du Vin Library and co-owner with his wife of Bride Valley Vineyard in Dorset
Wine writer, lecturer and regular monthly wine columnist for the Japan Journal since 2000. Translated wine books including WSET's Behind the Label, WSET's Understanding Wines: Explaining Style and Quality, Stephen Tanzer's Official Wine Guide, Jancis Robinson's Guide to Wine Grapes and Stephen Skelton's Viticulture, etc.
A British author who has specialised in Champagne for almost 40 years and other sparkling wines for 20 years, Tom Stevenson has written 25 books, won 33 literary awards, including America’s only lifetime achievement award and has been inducted into the New York Wine Media Guild’s Hall of Fame. A new edition of his Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia is due to be published by National Geographic in 2020.
Generally the expert on the wines of South-West France, his last book on the subject was awarded a gourmand Prize. He is equally expert on the wines of the Midi, and area, which is the subject of his new book ‘Languedoc-Roussillon the Wines and Winemakers’
Ian is a life-long teacher with seventeen years in wine education at five universities and colleges in HK and Macau from 2000 to 2014; courses taught WSET L1 to L4 and specialist tastings; now in the UK teaching wine programs at City College Hotel School, Norwich.
An experienced wine educator and writer with a background in food and beverage education, teaching wine courses, presenting to wine societies, local groups. Specialities include Rhone, Spain and Alsace. Gourmand Award winner 2017 for Wine Production and Quality 2nded. 2016 (co-author Keith Grainger).
Wine blogger and vlogger, based in North London. Interests include both wines and spirits, with Bordeaux, Cognac, Armagnac, and England as main areas of interest. Also run a private sales wine company, 20h33, and owner of a restaurant in Primrose Hill, available for wine events.
Janet’s main interest is wine themes that enhance understanding between Eastern and Western audiences. Janet is the author of The Chinese Wine Renaissance: a wine lover’s companion (Ebury Press, Penguin Randomhouse), a contributor to Decanter China and blogs on winepeek.com
French born, DipWSET, Rouyer Guillet Educational Trophy. Lilyane has been a freelance wine writer and consultant for over forty years. She regularly judges several UK and international wine competitions. She specialises in French and South American wines.
Gilbert is a London-based experienced wine writer and educator. He hosts regular private and public wine tastings, writes a blog and posts regularly on Instagram and Twitter, as well as occasional work as a wine expert on Sky News.
Julian is the author of Port Vintages, the definitive reference book on old vintage Port. He is an Honorary Confrade with the rank of Knight in the Confraria do Vinho do Porto and in his ‘spare time’ he works in the interest-rate markets.