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?
Wine with Food (Portuguese)
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
Conde Nast Traveller
Food Illustrated magazine
BBC Good Food Magazine
Australian Gourmet Traveller
Wine & Spirit
The Daily Telegraph
RADIO & TV
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:
Wine and food matching events
Wine quiz nights
Wine appreciation classes
Do get in touch if you're interested, via email or Twitter or by using the contact form on this website.