Excellence and Integrity in New Zealand Wine Writing

Members

Jo BurzynskaJo Burzynska AIWS
Wine author, journalist, judge and lecturer, Jo Burzynska is one of New Zealand’s leading wine communicators, penning one of the country’s most widely read wine columns in the New Zealand Herald’s Viva magazine, as well as contributing to specialist wine publications worldwide. She’s the author of Wine Class: all you need to know about wine in New Zealand Read More …

Michael CooperMichael Cooper ONZM
The author of 37 books on New Zealand wine, Michael Cooper has several major literary awards to his credit, including the Montana Medal for the supreme work of non-fiction at the 2003 Montana New Zealand Book Awards for his magnum opus, Wine Atlas of New Zealand. In the 2004 New Year Honours, Michael was appointed an Officer Read More …

Cameron DouglasCameron Douglas MS
He is New Zealand’s first and only Master Sommelier; an experienced writer, educator, judge, commentator and reviewer on all things Beverage. He is in demand as a presenter, lecturer and speaker on wine, beverage and hospitality related issues in New Zealand and abroad, and writes for a number of publications. As a professional Sommelier, Cameron is Read More …

Rebecca GibbRebecca Gibb MW
I was born and raised in north-east England but the local steelworks and coal mining industry was on its knees so wine journalism seemed like a better way of earning a living. After winning the UK’s Young Wine Writer of the Year in 2006, I joined UK wine trade magazine, Harpers, going on to become its features editor. As a freelancer, I contributed to prestigious Read More …

John Hawkesby
John Hawkesby is a former television newsreader, who these days is a wine commentator both in print and on radio, as well as the owner of a boutique vineyard on Auckland’s Waiheke Island. Read More …

Neil HodgsonNeil Hodgson
Neil is a born and bred Nelsonian and has an obvious passion for the region. As the wine writer for the Nelson Mail since 1999 his writing in that publication reflects its role as a community newspaper, telling local stories and encouraging people to try new and different wines. He also writes wine focussed and non-wine articles for other magazines, ranging from  Read More …

Emma JenkinsEmma Jenkins MW
Having completed a BSc (Hons) in Anatomy and Structural Biology, Emma decided a more sociable career was in order and instead pursued her passion for wine.She worked for seven years as a Fine Wine and Education Specialist at Scenic Cellars in Taupo, New Zealand’s premier independent wine store and in that time studied Winemaking and Viticulture at Read More …

Yvonne LorkinYvonne Lorkin
It was a glass of 1989 Te Mata Coleraine while working the late shift in a Christchurch bar as a student back in the ‘90s that did it; and in 1998 after a career in rock n roll management, music publicity & broadcasting, Yvonne ventured home to Hawkes Bay to work on how to earn a living in wine.  While studying Wine Marketing at the world-renowned Roseworthy Read More …

Phil Parker Phil Parker
Wine journalist and published author, Phil Parker has a wine career involving both writing and hosting Auckland region wine tours.  He established Auckland’s original boutique wine tour business, Fine Wine Tours in 2001. Phil writes a regular monthly column for Auckland’s Ponsonby News, plus a quarterly medical industry glossy magazine wine column. Read More …

John Saker
John Saker began his working life as a professional basketball player, playing in New Zealand, France and the United States. In 1984 he took up a career in journalism and since 1990 has worked freelance. His features and columns have appeared in many publications, including New Zealand Listener, North & South, National Business Review  Read More …

JaneSEJane Skilton MW
Jane Skilton began her wine career in London and passed her Master of Wine examination in 1993. Jane is the wine editor for Food Magazine and is a regular contributor to wine publications in New Zealand, Australia and China. Her 2016 New Year’s Resolution is to update her own website, www.independentwinemonthly.co.nz more frequently. Read More …

Charmian SmithCharmian Smith
Charmian Smith keeps a low profile, hidden away in the deep south. A multiple award winning feature writer, she has been writing about wine and food for more than 20 years for  the Otago Daily Times, and, from time to time, for other publications. Her particular interest is following the explosive growth of the New Zealand, and especially the Central Otago Read More …

Joelle ThomsonJoelle Thomson
When she graduated in journalism from Wellington Polytechnic in 1989, Joelle Thomson always knew she wanted to write lifestyle stories, but it took another two years, travels through France and a stint as a flambé waitress on a far flung island in the North Sea before she realized she would become a wine writer. Her first wine column was for Capital Times Read More …