Andrew Jefford

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Andrew Jefford taking notes while reviewing a vineyard location in Tasmania.

Andrew Jefford (born 1956) is an English journalist, radio presenter, poet, magazine editor, and as a wine writer, the author of various books and columns.


The son of a Church of England clergyman and the eldest of three brothers, Jefford grew up in Norfolk, England.[1] He was educated at Gresham's School, the University of Reading (where he read English) and the University of East Anglia, where his post-graduate studies were jointly supervised by the late Sir Malcolm Bradbury and Guido Almansi.[1][2] At UEA he worked for two years on a PhD thesis on the short fiction of Robert Louis Stevenson, which was not completed.[1]


He began work as an editor with Paul Hamlyn's Octopus Group,[2] and his passions for wine and writing led to articles and books on wine, after four years in publishing in 1988.[3] He was the drinks writer for The Evening Standard, the evening newspaper for the London region,[2] between 1992 and 2002, occasionally presents The Food Programme on BBC Radio 4,[2] and writes a bi-monthly column for Decanter. Jefford is also contributing editor to the magazine The World of Fine Wine.[4]

Among his books are The New France (2002), about which Jefford has stated, "..[my theme is] the championing of individuals rather than multi-nationals, of families rather than corporate shareholders, of agriculture rather than industry, of authenticity of origin rather than marketing stratagems".[5]

On television, he has worked as a chef's assistant and has reported on whisky for Food File (Channel 4, 1996) and SCAM (Carlton Television, 2003)

He has won eight Glenfiddich Awards,[2] has twice been named British Beer Writer of the Year, and was named Communicator of the Year in the 2001 International Wine and Spirit Competition.[1]

Jefford lives in Montpellier, France.[2] He is also a published poet, with work featured in The Spectator and The Independent.


  • Dr Jekyll and Professor Nabokov: Reading a Reading, in Robert Louis Stevenson (critical essays), ed. Andrew Noble (1983)
  • Port, An Essential Guide to the Classic Drink (Exeter Books and Merehurst, 1988)
  • Which? Wine Guide 1991 (Consumers' Association, 1990)
  • The Magic of Champagne (St Martin's Press, 1991) ISBN 0-312-09865-0
  • The Wines of Germany (Mitchell Beazley, 1994)
  • The Evening Standard Wine Guide 1996 (Pavilion, 1995)
  • The Evening Standard Wine Guide 1997 (Evening Standard Books, 1996)
  • Smokes (Evening Standard Books, 1997)
  • One Hundred and One Things You Need to Know About Wine (Simon & Schuster UK, 1998) ISBN 0-7432-0509-X
  • Wine Tastes Wine Styles (Ryland Peters & Small, 2000) ISBN 1-84172-050-X
  • The New France: A Complete Guide to Contemporary French Wine (2002) ISBN 1-84000-410-X
  • After-Dinner Drinks: Discovering, Exploring, Enjoying (Ryland Peters & Small, 2003) ISBN 1-84172-508-0
  • Choosing Wine (Ryland Peters & Small, 2003) ISBN 1-84172-510-2
  • Peat Smoke and Spirit: A Portrait of Islay and its Whiskies (Headline Books, 2005) ISBN 0-7472-4578-9
  • Andrew Jefford’s Wine Course (Ryland, Peters & Small, 2008) ISBN 978-1-84597-723-8

Awards and honours[edit]

  • Bunch Award for Wine Journalism 1994
  • Glenfiddich Award 1995 Drink Writer of the Year
  • Glenfiddich Award 1995 Whisky Writer of the Year
  • Wine Guild of Great Britain 1995 (Premier Award)
  • British Guild of Beer Writers 1995 Beer Writer of the Year
  • Sony Bronze Award 1996 (for BBC Liquid Companion)
  • Glenfiddich Award 1997 Wine Writer of the Year
  • Lanson Award 1999 (Broadcast Media, for BBC Food Programme)
  • British Guild of Beer Writers 1999 Beer Writer of the Year
  • Glenfiddich Award 2000 Drink Writer of the Year
  • Lanson Award 2000 (Broadcast Media, for BBC Food Programme and Nature's Alchemists)
  • International Wine and Spirit Competition 2001 Communicator of the Year
  • Glenfiddich Award 2001 Radio Broadcast of the Year (for BBC Food Programme on cork)
  • Glenfiddich Award 2002 Wine Writer of the Year
  • Lanson Award 2002 (Broadcast Media, for BBC Liquid Companion)
  • Lanson Award 2003 (Wine Book of the Year, for The New France)
  • APA Magazine Awards 2003 (Journalist of the Year)
  • Glenfiddich Award 2003 Drink Writer of the Year
  • Glenfiddich Award 2003 Wine Writer of the Year
  • Glenfiddich Award 2003 Glenfiddich Trophy
  • Veuve Clicquot USA Award 2003 (Wine Book of the Year, for The New France)
  • André Simon Award 2003 (for The New France)
  • Symington Family Port Award 2003
  • World Food Media Award 2005 (Best Drink Journalist)
  • Louis Roederer Champagne International Wine Writer of the Year 2006
  • ATOP Travel Writer of the Year 2006
  • Louis Roederer Champagne International Wine Writer of the Year 2007

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Andrew Jefford CV
  2. ^ a b c d e f BBC Radio 4 Andrew Jefford biography (accessed 23 October 2007)
  3. ^ Andrew Jefford profile Archived 10 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ The World of Fine Wine, About Us
  5. ^ Kissack, Chris, Wine Books: Andrew Jefford

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