Joelle Thomson is a journalist, wine writer and author, who was bitten by the big buttery Chardonnay bug at Aro Street Café in Wellington, New Zealand, in the late 1980s and has been in love with wine ever since.

She wrote her first wine column in 1994 for Capital Times newspaper and remains a contributor to its reincarnated magazine, Capital. She also writes for Good magazine (sustainable living), NZ Winegrower (all about grapes) and Drinksbiz (bimonthly trade magazine).

She is a regular wine commentator on RNZ (Radio New Zealand National) on the Jesse Mulligan afternoon show.

Her writing career began in newspapers before delving into design and lifestyle mags. She is the author of 15 wine books, including 10 annual wine guides, and teaches wine courses at Regional Wines & Spirits in Wellington and the New Zealand School of Food & Wine in Auckland.

She has judged wine in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa and is currently completing her studies of the UK Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s Diploma, a degree qualification.

When not writing about myself in third person, I also enjoy New Zealand’s great outdoors, which is one of the many great reasons I relocated this year from Auckland to Wellington – the gateway to the South Island, where I was born.


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