Wine Writing

Wink Lorch wine writing award

.I have been a member of the Circle of Wine Writers for many years and for 18 months until January 2017 was the editor of its journal, Circle Update. Credits include articles for wine magazines in both the UK and the USA, such as World of Fine Wine, Decanter, Harpers Wine & SpiritSommelier Journal and Wine-Searcher. In 2017 I was shortlisted for best Online Wine Writer in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards for contributions to Wine-Searcher and posts on this blog.

My first book, Jura Wine was published in 2014 and won the award for best wine book in the André Simon Awards 2014. My second book, Wines of the French Alps will be published in 2017.
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The following are my Writing Speciality areas:

  • Jura and/or Savoie
  • Mountain wines or High Altitude wines
  • Wine Tourism in France and worldwide
  • Wine Basics – Wine education
  • Wines of South America

“An indispensable reference not only of biggish names like Jean-Francois Ganevat but little ones, plus excellent details on geology, the region’s unique grapes … and history. A smart, perfectly timed addition to the nerd’s canon.” Jon Bonné on the book Jura Wine, October 2014.
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“Just wanted to thank you, Wink, for all the invaluable help you have given with our forthcoming massive book about grape varieties (Sept 2012).  We are very lucky to have you as an informant – and I hope Jura and Savoie truly appreciate all you do for them too!” Jancis Robinson, August 2011.

Here are a selection of Published Examples of my Writing:
What’s the Big Deal about High Altitude Wines
Don’t Supersize My Wine Glass
What’s the Big Deal about Rare Grapes
What’s the Big Deal about Cru Beaujolais

Chile’s Red Wines Come of Age
Q&A with Damien Yvon of Clos Henri
Looking Through the Lens at Winemaker Kevin Judd
The Three Wine Events that Won’t Occur in 2015
Wines of Jura in Sommelier Journal
Jura’s Yellow Fever in Decanter
Uruguay – South America’s ‘Other’ Wine Country on Wine-Pages
Wine Days out in the French Alps – my award-winning wine tourism feature
A Capital Approach to Wine Tourism on Palate Press
Wink’s chapters on Jura and Savoie that appeared in Tom Stevenson’s Wine Report 2004 – 2009 inclusive may be downloaded free of charge.

Books to which I have contributed include:
The Oxford Companion to Wine 4th and 3rd editions
Opus Vino/The Wine Opus
Tom Stevenson’s Wine Report (2004-2009)
1001 Wines You Must Try before you Die
Le Cordon Bleu Wine Essentials
William’s Sonoma The Wine Guide
The Global Encycopedia of Wine

I also update the Jura and Savoie sections of the annual Oz Clarke’s Pocket Guide, and have helped update the Jancis Robinson/Hugh Johnson World Atlas of Wine.

Magazines for which I’ve written include:
Decanter
Meininger’s Wine Business International
Sommelier Journal
Harpers Wine & Spirit Journal
World of Fine Wine
VinCE (Hungary)

On the Web you will find me among other places on:
Wine-Pages
Wandering Educators
and of course …. on Wine Travel GuidesWine Travel Guides Blog and the Jura Wine Blog.
I also write regularly for the Association of Wine Educators and Circle of Wine Writers journals.

I’ve also worked for specialist wine book publishers making sure some of the best wine books in the business are in good shape, more details on my Wine Editing and Translations page.

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