Joanna Simon

Joanna writes and talks about wine and food - really well! Wine espe­cially, and match­ing wine and food as a bit of a speciality.

She's been sniff­ing, sip­ping, spit­ting, eat­ing and drink­ing for a living since the 1980s, and loves it, but some­times make out that stand­ing around in a freez­ing cold cel­lar tast­ing tan­nic red wines, or blind- tasting 100+ wines a day, is hard work.


GBS Joanna Simon


Joanna did a 22- year stint as wine critic of The Sun­day Times, picking up var­i­ous awards for mag­a­zine and news­pa­per arti­cles as well as for her books, and for five of those years, she was also one of The Sunday Times' teams of cook­ery writ­ers.

She's the co-founder of The Wine Gang and was wine & food editor of House & Garden from 2009 until February 2016. The latter was a huge amount of fun, but didn't give much time for writing and travelling, so then handed over the food editor reins in March 2016 but continues to do wine recommendations for House & Garden online.

 Joanna does a fair bit of competition judging, including The Great British Savoury Chocolate Challenge 2016 @GBSCC2016, for which she is a global head judge, the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA), and the Pink Lady Food Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year.

As the daugh­ter of a photographer, she has become quite a keen snapper as you can see on her Instagram account.

She has pre­sented the BBC Radio 4 series The Bot­tle Uncorked and appeared on televi­sion, tast­ing and explain­ing first- growth Bor­deaux from great vin­tages of the 20th cen­tury, demon­strat­ing how to open a bot­tle of Cham­pagne while sit­ting on an impos­si­bly low, squashy sofa, tast­ing masses of vod­kas (what­ever pos­sessed her?) and a few tamer stunts.

Joanna hosts tast­ings, din­ners, mas­ter­classes, work­shops, one-to-ones, large cor­po­rate and small pri­vate events.

TV Credits:

‣ ‘The Antiques Show’ BBC1

‣ ‘Sky News’ Sky

‣ ‘Carlton Food Network’ ITV

‣ ‘Breakfast News’ BBC1


• Journalist & Wine Expert

Press Credits:

‣ Wine & Food Editor - House & Garden

‣ The Sunday Times

‣ The Sunday Times Wine Guide

‣ Classic FM Magazine

‣ Decanter

‣ Food Illustrated Magazine

‣ Square Meal Lifestyle

‣ Saga Magazine

‣ Harpers

‣ Wine Times

‣ BBC Good Food Magazine

‣ Country Living

‣ Australian Gourmet Traveller

‣ Wine Magazine

‣ Wine & Spirit

‣ The Traveller

‣ The Daily Telegraph

‣ Tatler

For more information on Joanna's speaking diary please contact Jane Farnham at Great British Speakers on 01753 439 289

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