Charles’ past careers as a tour guide, security guard, freelance cook, investment analyst and opera singer were the perfect preparation for co-founding Britain’s second consumer wine magazine (Wine International) and the International Wine Challenge. He served a 12-year term as drinks expert on Richard & Judy’s ‘This Morning’ and has presented wine and, occasionally, food on many TV shows. He is also a wine consultant to the Corporation of London. His book, ‘The Wine & Food Lover’s Guide to Portugal’, won the Louis Roederer International Wine Writer’s Book Award in 2008.
He is proud to serve as Honorary President of the Association of Wine Educators. Charles often tastes (and spit out, of course) 100 or more wines per day, all over the world. He is based near Gatwick, with a wife, children, two cats and a varying number of chickens, and still sings in the shower, the local village hall and, occasionally, at wine tastings.
Alice is an award-winning journalist, author and drinks expert. She is a regular contributor to the Financial Times and a contributing editor and drinks columnist for FT How To Spend It magazine. She also writes for The Robb Report and a wide range of titles including The Idler, Vice, Monocle, Noble Rot, Prospect, Restaurant Magazine, The Spirits Business and Imbibe, the award-winning magazine which she co-founded in 2007. Prior to the FT, she spent two years as the drinks columnist for The Sunday Times and The Times. In 2016 she was named IWSC Spirits Communicator of the Year. While her particular area of expertise is spirits, over the last 14 years she’s covered everything from Swartland winemakers and the science of wood ageing, to investing in whisky, single estate tea and the bar scene that helped regenerate New Orleans post-Katrina. In 2015 she published her debut, Ten Cocktails: The Art of Convivial Drinking (Saltyard), inspired by her professional world travels in pursuit of the mixed drink. She has the rare distinction of being both a Keeper of the Quaich and a Rectifier of the Gin Guild, and is also a regular speaker at festivals, literary events and on the radio. When she’s not writing, she has a second life as a musician which has included touring with the White Stripes and releasing an album. She lives in London with her husband, two sons and cocker spaniel Daisy.
Francis Percival writes on food and wine for The World of Fine Wine. His work won Louis Roederer Best International Wine Columnist in 2013 and Pio Cesare Food & Wine Writer of the Year in 2015. Francis is also a judge in The World of Fine Wine World’s Best Wine List Awards.
Apart from The World of Fine Wine, his work has appeared in Decanter and the Financial Times in the UK and Culture, Saveur, and Gourmet in the US. With Bronwen Percival he is the co-author of a new book on the history, science, and future of cheese and dairy farming, Reinventing the Wheel: Milk, Microbes, and the Fight for Real Cheese, forthcoming from the University of California Press in September 2017.
Besides writing, Francis also teaches classes for Neal’s Yard Dairy and co-founded and hosts the London Gastronomy Seminars, a long-running series of lectures and talks in London dedicated to making the technical side of food and drink fun and accessible.
Guy Woodward is a lifestyle editor and journalist with over 20 years’ experience in magazines. He made his name in the wine world during a ten-year stint at Decanter magazine, during which the magazine built its World Wine Awards into the biggest wine competition in the world, launched its brand in China, and achieved its highest-ever sales figures. As editor, he championed a consumer-first approach which often brought him into conflict with the industry. He left in 2012 to edit upscale lifestyle title Food & Travel, before being approached in 2014 to become associate editor of Harrods Publishing, a position he combined with the same role for Hong Kong-based luxury wine lifestyle magazine Le Pan, which launched in the same year.
Today he continues at Harrods, as deputy editor of all its publications. He is also active as a freelance wine writer, contributing a monthly column for Harpers Wine & Spirit; he has previously written on wine for such titles as TIME magazine, The Guardian, Wallpaper*, Esquire, Shortlist and Christies.com, and has appeared as a wine expert on various broadcast media, from This Morning and Market Kitchen to Sky News and the Today programme. Woodward sits on the board of the British Society of Magazine Editors, an industry body that represents the UK magazine world and hosts events with high profile editors from across the world, along with the industry’s highest-profile awards; he served as the organisation’s chair in 2014.
Peter Richards is a writer, broadcaster and Master of Wine. Through his award-winning work on TV, radio, at events and in print, Peter has an international profile and has been described as, ‘The Superman of vino.’
Perhaps best known as wine presenter on flagship BBC1 show Saturday Kitchen – being watched by nearly 3 million viewers for over a decade – Peter’s broadcasting work has seen him appear on most major channels including Sky One, BBC2, ITV1, UKTV, ESPN, Food Network and BBC radio.
Critical acclaim for Peter’s work – often in conjunction with his wife Susie Barrie, also a Master of Wine & TV broadcaster – includes various well-known awards and accolades, and together they have been described as: ‘Masters of Wine, friendly wine advisors – nothing short of national treasures’. They do a mean Sunday lunch too.
Peter has written two books – The Wines of Chile and Wineries with Style – and contributed to more than a dozen more. His writing credits include The Guardian, FT, Times Online, Decanter, Daily Mail and Food & Drink. He provides top-level consultancy for clients including restaurants, hotels and airlines, and regularly hosts live events from the BBC Good Food Shows to his acclaimed Wine Festival Winchester, described as ‘an iconic event’.
Peter is proud to support many charities (in 2014 he ran the Medoc Marathon for the Benevolent & Vintners’ Foundation). In what time remains he works on his serve-volley game and acts as Susie’s ineffectual sous-chef.