He is currently the chairman of the Circle of Wine Writers and edited Circle Update, the newsletter of the Circle of Wine Writers, from 1991 to 2015.
The Loire Valley is his special wine interest. He spends at least three months in the Loire every year. His first article in 1989 for Decanter was on Muscadet.
His blog, Jim’s Loire, which he started in 2008, concentrates on this lovely region, its wine producers and their wines. As well as being the Loire’s Regional Chair for the Decanter World Wine Awards he also looks after the Loire for the Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Book. He is a founder member of Les 5 du Vin – a co-operative wine blog.
In 2000 he launched the investdrinks website and then the investdrinks blog (http://investdrinks-blog.blogspot.co.uk/) in 2010. He has twice – in 1999 and 2001 – won a Champagne Lanson Award for his investigative work and in 2012 a Born Digital Wine Awards for the best investigative wine story.
He is a keen photographer and enjoys a wide range of music.