Our Team

Contributors & Editors

Nearly twenty years experience as a wine consultant, wine buyer, writer and editorial director have provided David with the background to co-author and edit a wine guide of such breadth and scope. During this period he has travelled widely and been exposed to hands-on winemaking and was one of three principal judges for the New […]

Qualified as a chartered accountant in 1959 and became passionate about food and wine whilst working in Italy in the early sixties. There he encountered not only his future wife, Sonia, but also 2 litre bottles of “Valpollicella” made in a cantina in the back streets of Milan. He soon began to appreciate better quality […]

Sonia Blech is half-Italian and half-French and sometimes wonders how she got involved with l’albion perfide as well as a career as a chef. A university lecturer in linguistics specialising in medieval French, she was also renowned for her dinner parties with her very individualistic cuisine. Well, she took the plunge with her husband Neville, […]

Kathleen grew up on a farm in California, and one of their crops was grapes, so she has driven a tractor, picked grapes, tied vines, and gone to the winery. At Oxford, she was a member of the SCR wine committee, which meant that she got to go to a lot of tastings. With her […]

Gary White is from London and currently lives in Fulham. He is founder and Chair of the Chelsea and Fulham Wine Society and writes a popular wine tasting blog. He describes himself as a ‘passionate amateur’, coming from an academic lecturing background in Geography and Earth Science and has diversified into several wine interests including […]

After working in education in South East London for a number of years Jim changed course in 1988 and started writing about wine. Over the years he has contributed to a number of magazines – Decanter being the best known. He is currently the chairman of the Circle of Wine Writers and edited Circle Update, […]

After reading for the Bar at Gray’s Inn, Michael became a wine broker in the 1970s whilst living in France, representing top domaines from Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne. He was also an associate and restaurant critic for Egon Ronay for forty years till 2005. Michael is now an author and journalist specialising in Champagne, Burgundy […]

Ilona Thompson is a serial entrepreneur with multiple successful business ventures under her belt. Awestruck by the majesty of California wine countries, she moved to San Francisco Bay Area to pursue her passion for food and wine. She divides her time between visiting wine regions worldwide, attending a diverse variety of tastings, taking professional development […]

Richard Siddle is an award-winning business editor with close to 30 years experience working across a number of fields including wine, computing, grocery retail, convenience and travel. As well as running his own editorial and business consultancy he has just launched his own B2B website for the premium on-trade, www.The-Buyer.net. Prior to setting up his […]

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