Peter Richards MW
Became an MW 2010
Based in United Kingdom
Languages English, French, Spanish
Home country: UK
Peter Richards is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He's a bit embarrassed (but also quite proud) to have been called 'The Superman of Vino' by Jimi Mistry and a 'national treasure' by Foodepedia. A familiar face from more than a decade presenting on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen, Peter's broadcasting credits also include the likes of Sky One, BBC2, ESPN, ITV, Food Network and BBC Radio. Peter has written four books and contributed to many more; other writing credits include The Guardian, FT, Times Online, Food & Drink, Decanter, Daily Mail, FHM and Square Meal. He's been described as a 'polished and fluent writer' (Evening Standard) and 'illuminating and unpretentious' (World of Fine Wine).
Peter was one of only a handful of MWs to pass all parts of the exam first time and was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award as the top student in his graduation. He's one half of a unique double act with his wife Susie Barrie, also a Master of Wine and TV presenter. Together they host events, broadcast and co-direct the acclaimed Wine Festival Winchester, described by those who've been as, 'magical', 'iconic' and, 'the finest wine festival in the country'. Consultancy work leads Peter to advise hotels, restaurants, airlines, travel operators and other businesses on their wines and F&B programmes. He also regularly hosts live events with credits including the BBC Good Food Shows, World Congress of Vine & Wine, Taste of London, Decanter Fine Wine Encounter and the award-winning The Palate, a nationwide search to find the country’s best amateur wine taster. In what time remains outside wine, Peter works on his serve-volley game and acts as Susie's ineffectual sous-chef.
Primary area(s) of work: Communication
Industry sector(s): Broadcasting, Business owner, Journalism, Author, Educator, Consultant, Wine judge
Wine styles: Fine and rare wines, Sparkling wine, Champagne, English sparkling wines
Wine region expertise: Aconcagua Valley, Argentina, Casblanca Valley, Chile, Colchagua Valley, Limari Valley, New Zealand, South America, France, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, UK, Maipo Valley
Specialisms: Food and wine pairing, Restaurant wines, Wine and health, Wine tourism, History of wine, Wine judging