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My books have been pub­lished all over the world in lots of lan­guages I can’t read, includ­ing Korean and Finnish, and one or two which I can, such as French. The Eng­lish titles include Dis­cov­er­ing Wine; Wine With Food, the research for which involved several years of stren­u­ous eat­ing and drink­ing – plus ça change; The Sun­day Times Book of Wine; Wine An Intro­duc­tion; and Har­rods Book of Fine Wine, of which I was edi­tor and prin­ci­pal writer, with additional contributions from the likes of Robert Parker, Michael Broadbent, Serena Sutcliffe and James Halliday. Of all the for­eign language edi­tions, one of the most sat­is­fy­ing was getting Wine With Food pub­lished in French (titled Les Bons Accords). I was told ini­tially that there was no chance of the French tak­ing such a book writ­ten by a Brit, espe­cially a female one. I’m also rather proud of my name as it appears on some of the East Euro­pean edi­tions, Joanna Simonová. Exotic or what?

Published by Mitchell Beazley in 1990; includes contributions by Robert Parker, Serena Sutcliffe, James Halliday, Michael Broadbent and Steven Spurrier.

Published in the UK by Mitchell Beazley in 1994; revised in 2003; in at least 15 languages. Winner of the Wine Guild of the United Kingdom's Book Award.

Published in the UK by Mitchell Beazley in 1996, then in at least 8 other languages, including Japanese, Spanish, French and German.

Published in the UK by Dorling Kindersley in 2001; revised in 2004; in at least 9  languages; also published as Wine: An Introduction.



Some of the publications to which I have contributed:


House & Garden

The Sunday Times (Style, ST Magazine, Culture, Travel, News)

Classic FM Magazine


World of Fine Wine

Jamie magazine

Conde Nast Traveller

Food Illustrated magazine

Square Meal

Saga Magazine


Wine Times

BBC Good Food Magazine

Country Living

Australian Gourmet Traveller

Wine magazine

Wine & Spirit

The Traveller

The Daily Telegraph



Some of the programmes I have appeared on:



'The Bottled Uncorked' BBC Radio 4 - Series Presenter

'You & Yours' BBC Radio 4

'International Festival of Fine Food & Wine' (syndicated)

'World Service' BBC




'The Antiques Show' BBC1

'Sky News' Sky

'Carlton Food Network' ITV

'Breakfast News' BBC1




I can host an event to suit any budget, venue, occasion and any audience or party of guests, whether a large corporate/team-building exercise or a small group of friends wanting to have fun and learn a bit more about wine Recently I did a wine and seafood pairing evening at Billingsgate Seafood Academy and a tasting in Harvey Nichols in Birmingham. Here are few other possibilities: 


  • Tutored tastings

  • Wine dinners

  • Masterclasses

  • Staff training 

  • Wine and food matching events

  • Wine quiz nights

  • Wine appreciation classes

  • Wine courses

  • Wine tours

  • Wine ambassador


Do get in touch if you're interested, via email or Twitter or by using the contact form on this website.

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