New Member: Richard Lane

Based in Farnham in England, Richard obtained the WSET Diploma earlier this year. He teaches part-time at WSET London School.

After 20 years working in medical publishing (he still freelances for The Lancet), Richard decided to
move into the wine industry after spending a year in south-west France.

Richard lost his sight 30 years ago from an inherited eye condition; he can only recall the appearance of one wine label, a Marqués de Riscal Rioja, c. 1990. He is WSET’s first blind educator and uses Jaws screen reader on computer and phone to navigate the digital world.

Richard has recently written about his passion for Cabernet Franc in the Circular, and has launched
The Wine List podcast, aimed at wine-curious beginners. He is working on a book conveying his
journey into blindness, including the role that wine has recently played in creating new life


We welcome Richard to the Circle and look forward to sharing his news and features in the future!