I was born and raised in north-east England but the local steelworks and coal mining industry was on its knees so wine journalism seemed like a better way of earning a living.
After winning the UK's Young Wine Writer of the Year in 2006, I joined UK wine trade magazine, Harpers, going on to become its features editor. As a freelancer, I contributed to prestigious titles including Decanter, Wine Business International, Imbibe, Food & Travel and Sommelier Journal, and was named the Louis Roederer International Wine Writer Awards' inaugural Emerging Writer of the Year.
From 2012 until 2015, I was the editor of Wine-Searcher. Within 18 months of launching the editorial side of Wine-Searcher, it was shortlisted for Wine Website of the Year in the 2013 Louis Roederer Awards.
Clearly it wasn’t only a Champagne house that thought my work was better than the average bear’s, as I was recruited to join LE PAN, a wine magazine, that launched in June 2015. My role involved commissioning and editing wine-related features for both the magazine and the website - and a bit of writing!
I’m also one of only 353 Masters of Wine in the world. I graduated top of my class in 2015 and was also named the Bollinger Medal winner for outstanding tasting ability. find out more...