About Wine Alchemy
Wine is fascinating. The best description of the ability to create a potentially profound drink from mere fruit juice is alchemy.
An accidental holiday in Burgundy, long ago, first sparked my personal wine journey and wine became my first love. In it, I discovered art, beauty and a celebration of life.
Professionally qualified with the WSET Diploma (Honours) in Wines and Spirits and was awarded the Wine Trade Club Paten Scholarship in 2004.
I became a storyteller: writing independently on wine and related subjects. In 2005, I created Wine Alchemy, one of the first websites dedicated to wine and food. My work has been published in various magazines and online journals.
This all-new website was launched on 11 April 2016 and I very grateful to those that helped me, especially Attercopia.
Fortunate to visit many of the world’s wine regions, wine is such a large subject it cannot be mastered; there are always new discoveries. Hence, I have a special relationship with Italy, Champagne, Burgundy and New Zealand.
Wine is all a matter of opinion, mine and yours. Everyone is different. How boring it would be if we all liked the same thing. Isn’t that part of the fun?
I’m at my happiest in the vineyard, with a particular interest in Biodynamics. This sustainable agricultural philosophy was once seen as extreme, but its influence has spread and its methods adopted by many of the world’s top wine growers.
I am an active member of FIJEV (the International Federation of Wines and Spirits Journalists and Vintners) and the Circle of Wine Writers. I am also a WSET Certified Educator and a member of the Association of Wine Educators, creating bespoke corporate and public events as well as offering student coaching.
More recently, as wine tourism has grown, I act as a tour and travel guide.
I judge wine at the International Wines and Spirits Competition and similar events in Europe.
A proud Londoner, I live at BD Mansions.
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