Joanna Simon writes and talks about wine and food for a living – wine especially, and matching wine and food as a bit of a speciality.

Joanna was the wine critic of The Sunday Times for 22 years and has received 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' team of cookery writers (see her recipes). She was co-founder of The Wine Gang and the wine & food editor of House & Garden, commissioning great food writers and photographers for six stimulating years.

Among current activities, she is a consultant for Waitrose & Partners Drinks Magazine (a sister publication to Waitrose Food) and was previously the founding editor of the magazine. Joanna writes regularly for magazines such as The World of Fine Wine and Decanter and Club Oenologique and has also contributed to Jamie Magazine and Conde Nast Traveller. On, she publishes wine reviews every week, fine wine blogs, recipes and restaurant reviews.

In the competition world, she is a judge for the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year (see her Instagram page) and the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) and has been a judge for the Louis Roederer International Wine Writer Awards, the Deutz Trophy at the Festival Culinaire Bernard Loiseau, the Academy of Chocolate awards and The Great British Chocolate Challenge.


Joanna presented the BBC Radio 4 series The Bottle Uncorked and television appearances have ranged from tasting and explaining first-growth Bordeaux from great vintages of the 20th century to demonstrating how to open a bottle of Champagne. Over the years, she has covered everything from matching food and wine to buying rare and fine wines at auction.

She started her award-winning career as editor first of Wine & Spirit and then Wine magazine. Her books include The Sunday Times Book of Wine, Wine An Introduction, Discovering Wine and Wine with Food.

Her busy schedule includes hosting tastings, tours, dinners, masterclasses, workshops, one-to-ones, large corporate and small private events in person and online. More recently, Joanna hosted a wine tour of the Rhine and Moselle towns for Saga River Cruises.

Joanna lives in Kent and loves to escape to a treasured spot in remote, rural southwest France whenever she has time. She also loves visiting Italian cities out of season and is always on the search for new wines for her already well-stocked mythical desert island.


Header photo © Waitrose & Partners Drinks / Cat Garcia