I've been writing and editing features, columns, and marketing and brand copy for over 15 years, turning an array of obsessions – with wine, art, food, film and the correct positioning of adjectives – into prose that varies in style and subject matter but never in quality. I was Metro's Film Critic and Time Out's Features Editor; Guides Editor for the Guardian and Editor of Metropolitan, the trilingual consumer magazine on Eurostar. Most recently, I was in charge of editorial strategy for Save the Children, working within the Brand & Marketing Department on cross-channel content that might involve literacy programmes in Pakistan, the fate of Syrian immigrants to Italy or climate change initiatives around the world.
I've crossed the Mediterranean by ferry and learned to stand on my head in a Sri Lankan jungle, but I've also written about the devastation that Typhoon Haiyan caused in the Philippines and edited a report (which won a Communicator Award) on hunger resulting from the Syrian conflict.
I write an award-winning column on wine for the New Statesman and another for The Times's luxury magazine Luxx and voyage intrepidly, or at least avidly, for the Sunday Telegraph, Decanter, Conde Nast Traveller, National Geographic Traveller and assorted others; I also give talks, consult on wine lists and host fun, informal wine-matching dinners in restaurants and other venues.
My first book, The Wandering Vine: Wine, The Romans and Me, was published by Bloomsbury in March 2018 and awarded the Louis Roederer Wine Book of the Year in September.
Fortnum & Mason Drink Writer of the Year 2018
Fortnum & Mason Drink Writer of the Year 2014
Louis Roederer Wine Book
of the Year 2018
Louis Roederer Food & Wine Writer of the Year 2016
Louis Roederer International Wine Columnist of the Year 2014
Communicators Award of Distinction 2014