Joanna Simon is the wine & food editor of House & Garden magazine. She was the wine critic of The Sunday Times from 1987 to 2009 and started her award-winning wine writing career in the 1980s as editor of Wine & Spirit and then of Wine magazine. She contributes to many publications, including Classic FM magazine (where among other things she matches a wine to a piece of music each month), Decanter, Jamie, Waitrose Food Illustrated and Square Meal. And she continues as one of The Sunday Times’ team of cookery writers in its Style magazine.


Her books include: The Sunday Times Book of Wine and Wine An Introduction, published in 2001 and 2004, respectively, and now in ten languages; Discovering Wine, which has sold nearly 400,000 copies in 14 languages and which was published in a fully revised edition in 2003; and Wine with Food, the research for which involved several years of strenuous eating and drinking (plus ça change). Wine with Food has been published in, among other languages, French, Japanese, German, Portuguese and Dutch.


As a broadcaster she presented The Bottle Uncorked, BBC Radio 4’s first series devoted entirely to wine, and over the years her television appearances have covered everything from matching food and wine, to buying fine and rare wines at auction, to demonstrating how to open a bottle of champagne.


She gives tastings, talks and presentations to consumer groups and corporations, as well as one-to-ones.

Joanna is a panel chair for the International Wine Challenge and is much in demand as a chair and senior judge at top international wine competitions. Recently she co-founded The Wine Gang (www.thewinegang.com) a unique online publication which reviews over 200 wines each month.


When not talking about wine, tasting it, writing about it, visiting the world’s vineyards or cooking, she spends as much time as possible in a remote part of France.