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Authors

Stephen Skelton MW

Stephen Skelton MW has spent almost the whole of his working life growing grapes, making wine and advising vine growers in Great Britain. He has also written and lectured extensively on vineyards in and wines from the UK.

Rosemary George MW

Rosemary George was one of the first women to become a Master of Wine, back in 1979. She is the author of 11 books, including The Wines of the Languedoc and The Wines of Chablis and the Grand Auxerrois. Her other specialist wine regions are Tuscany and New Zeland.

CH’NG Poh Tiong

CH’NG Poh Tiong is a prolific writer, senior wine judge and consultant. He has been a publisher of many magazines, guides and books including The Wine Review, the second oldest wine magazine in Asia. Poh Tiong is also writer of the world’s first guide to Bordeaux in Chinese.

Norm Roby

Norm Roby has been writing about the California wine scene for over 30 years. From Vintage Magazine he moved to The Wine Spectator with his ‘Inside California Wine’ column; he then became the California Correspondent for Decanter magazine.

Giles Fallowfield

Award winning writer Giles Fallowfield is an acknowledged expert on the wines of Champagne, and has gleaned his deep knowledge of the region from regular visits there over the past 30 years. 

Monty Waldin

Monty Waldin is an author and broadcaster. He has written books on both organic and biodynamic wine and biodynamic gardening. He currently hosts the English language Italian Wine Podcast.

Caroline Gilby MW

Caroline Gilby MW is a freelance writer specializing in the wines of Central and Eastern Europe. She is author of The Wines of Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova and chairs the panel of Eastern Europe wine judges at the Decanter World Wine Awards.

Darren Smith

Darren Smith is a freelance wine writer. After several years of writing about wine and tiptoeing around the idea of winemaking, last year he decided to launch his own ‘gypsy winemaking’ project – called The Finest Wines Available to Humanity (TFWATH).

Natasha Hughes MW

Natasha Hughes is a London-based Master of Wine. Her career – a mixture of journalism, consultancy, judging at wine shows, event management and leading seminars – brings to mind an old MW exam question: ‘Jack of all trades, Master of Wine?’

James Lawther MW

James Lawther MW is an independent wine writer who has lived in France for over 30 years. He is the author of The Heart of Bordeaux and The Finest Wines of Bordeaux.

Joe Fattorini

Joe Fattorini is a wine writer, presenter and speaker, known for his role as ‘Obi Wine Kenobi’ on television’s The Wine Show. For 14 years he was the weekly wine correspondent for The Herald Newspaper, and in 2017 he was named Wine Communicator of the Year by the IWSC.

Elizabeth Gabay MW

Elizabeth Gabay MW has worked as merchant, consultant, writer and educator, specializing in southern France and Central Europe, and, since publishing Rosé: Understanding the Pink Wine Revolution (2018) also focusing on European rosé.

Jim Budd

Jim Budd has been writing about Loire wine since 1988, a year after he bought a house with his friends in the Cher Valley. Jim writes for Wine Behind The Label as well as his own blog Jim’s Loire.

Steven Spurrier

Wine writer and consultant Steven Spurrier, joined the wine trade in London in 1964 and later moved to Paris where he bought a wine shop in 1971, and then opened L’Académie du Vin, France’s first private wine school in 1973. Spurrier organized the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, which unexpectedly elevated the status of California wine and promoted the expansion of wine production in the New World.

Susan Keevil

Susan Keevil is our Editor at the Académie du Vin Library. She has been a wine writer and editor for over two decades, hooked on the subject ever since she was a ‘cellar rat’, cooling Chardonnays at Rosemount in Australia’s Hunter Valley. Dabbling in wine and wine words is her ideal day.

Jason Tesauro

Based in Richmond, Virginia, Jason Tesauro is a writer, sommelier, and photojournalist with three books, four cameras, and five children. Look for his work in Esquire, Decanter, Travel+Leisure, and Food & Wine.

Peter McCombie MW

For over 30 years as a Master of Wine, consultant, speaker, educator, trainer, writer and judge, Peter McCombie MW have enjoyed promoting the world of wine. Peter is a Co-Chairman of the International Wine Challenge and judge wine competitions all around the world.

Stephen Brook

Stephen Brook

Stephen Brook is a multi award winning author of more than thirty wine books, his works include Complete Bordeaux, The Wines of CaliforniaThe Finest Wines of California. Brook also fully revised the last two editions of Hugh Johnson’s Wine Companion, and he writes for magazines in many countries, including Decanter.

Jamie Ross

Jamie Ross’ introduction to wine was as a graduate trainee in Chile in the late 1980s. He is an editor and writer, and founder of a micro-winery based in the Cachapoal Valley.

Robin Kick MW

Based in Lugano, Switzerland, Robin Kick is a freelance wine consultant and writer who spends most of her time tasting through Europe, paying particular attention to the wines of Burgundy, Italy and Switzerland. She passed the Master of Wine exam in 2014.

Michael Fridjhon

Michael Fridjhon has been writing about wine for over 40 years. He is author or contributor to over 40 books, and is South Africa’s best known international judge and its most widely consulted liquor industry authority.