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Sarah Jane Evans MW

Sarah Jane Evans MW

Became an MW 2006

Based in United Kingdom

Nationality British

Languages English, French, Spanish


Sarah Jane Evans is an award-winning wine writer and journalist, Co-Chairman of the Decanter World Wine Awards, and a former Chairman of the IMW (2014-16). Winner of the Robert Mondavi Winery Award for the highest overall marks in the Theory exam. As a writer and consultant one of her special interests is Spain and Sherry. She is Chairman of the Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino. She is a certified Sherry educator; and has received the awards of Dama de Albariño and Dama de Solear. Her books on Spain include 'Seville', and 'The Wines of Northern Spain'. She is currently writing 'The Wines of Central and Southern Spain'. Her other interests include the wines of South and North America; Greece; and the great fortified and sweet wines of the world. She studied Classics, and Social & Political Sciences at Cambridge University. She began her career in book publishing, and today is a Trustee of the André Simon Book Award, and a Series Editor of the Classic Wine Library. She spent a decade as Associate Editor of the BBC's Good Food magazine, and has a strong interest in taste and flavour, and in encouraging consumers to build their own confidence in tasting. She's a Founder Member of the Academy of Chocolate and the author of 'Chocolate Unwrapped'. Freeman of the City of London.

Primary area(s) of work: Communication

Industry sector(s): Broadcasting, Events, Marketing, Journalism, Author, Educator, Consultant, Wine judge, Wine tourism

Wine styles: Natural, Orange wines, Sparkling wine, Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, English sparkling wines, Sweet wines, Fortified wines, Port, Sherry, VDN, Madeira, Still white, Still red, Still rosé, Still wines

Wine region expertise: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Georgia, Greece, Hungary Tokaj, Lebanon, Marlborough, Mendoza, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, USA, Western Cape, South America, France, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire, Champagne, UK, Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Galicia, Penedes, Navarra, Spain, Priorat, Valencia, Jerez, California

Market expertise: Europe, United Kingdom, South America, Spain

Specialisms: Production of fortified wines, Packing and labelling, Marketing wine, Identifying and meeting consumer demand, Routes to market, HORECA, Direct to consumer, Independent retail, Events, Broadcasting, Food and wine pairing, Restaurant wines, Wine tourism, Branding, History of wine, Wine judging