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The English Wine Diaries, episode 56: Henry Jeffreys

The Fortnum & Mason Drink Writer of the Year on his latest book about English wine

My guest this week on The English Wine Diaries podcast is 2022 Fortnum & Mason Drink Writer of the Year, Henry Jeffreys. 

Henry studied English and Classical Literature at Leeds University before working in the wine trade and later becoming a freelance writer and broadcaster.

He was wine critic at The Lady, has appeared in magazines, such as Spectator and BBC Good Food and has featured on BBC radio and TV. Currently he is features editor for the Master of Malt drinks blog and drinks writer for The Critic.

Henry is also the author of a number of booze-inspired books including the award-winning Empire of Booze: British History through the Bottom of a GlassThe Home BarThe Cocktail Dictionary and today, he joins me fresh off the publication of his first book on English wine, Vines In a Cold Climate.

We talk about Henry’s somewhat accidental route into wine writing, those big personalities in the world of wine and what’s in store for the future of the English wine industry.   

Vines In a Cold Climate: The People Behind the English Wine Revolution is published by Atlantic Books and is available in hardback from all good bookshops priced at £16.99. 

You can read more of Henry’s work on his Substack or follow him on Instagram @henrygjeffreys.

This episode of The English Wine Diaries is sponsored by Wickhams, The Great British Wine Merchant. Visit to see their award-winning range of English wine with free deliver on orders over £40. 

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