I'm Richard, and I'm a wine writer, educator and consultant based in London.
This website tells you all about me and my work. It also has some examples of my writing and photography, a blog and my contact details.
Scroll down to find out more - including what the initials MW stand for.
This site is best enjoyed while sipping a glass of something delicious. Thanks for visiting!
My main job is writing about wine, which is an incredible privilege. Most of my work is published on JancisRobinson.com, where I started back in 2008. I write a regular wine column for Drinks Retailing News and have also appeared in Noble Rot, The Financial Times, Decanter, The Drinks Business, World of Fine Wine and more - check out my portfolio page for some examples.
I also educate people about wine, which I really love doing. I host wine dinners and tutored tastings, as well as teaching masterclasses and WSET courses for wine professionals and corporate clients.
Additionally, I offer consultancy work on all things wine. One of the things I do is create websites (such as this one) but I also advise private clients on their cellars, judge at wine competitions around the world, organise consumer tastings ... basically anything and everything related to wine. I even wrote and performed a song about a wine region once. Strange but true.
In 2015 I became a Master of Wine. To achieve this qualification requires passing exams reckoned to be some of the hardest on earth.
The most notorious part is the blind tasting, which involves not only identifying a wine's origin and grape varieties, but also the vintage, price, alcohol level - even down to the type of oak barrel used. The other parts of the exam require expertise in everything from viticulture to marketing to legal issues, covering wine around the whole world.
There are fewer than 400 MWs alive today, and I am absolutely thrilled - and relieved! - to be among them.