(ENG/ESP) THE SHORT VERSION
I eat and sip my way around Latin America – then write about it. Freelance food, drink and travel journalist. Sommelier. Based in Argentina.
Como y tomo, por lo general en América Latina – luego escribo sobre mis experiencias. Periodista independiente. Sommelier. Vivo en la Argentina.
THE LONG VERSION
A British journalist and sommelier based in Buenos Aires, I first visited Argentina as a year-abroad student in 1998. I then moved here in 2006… so I’m fluent in Spanish, a legal resident and here for the long term.
I focus on the southern half of Latin America that includes Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil and Uruguay – their culture, food and wine, luxury travel and lifestyle – as well as Colombia and Mexico with special love for Argentina. I qualified as a sommelier in Buenos Aires in 2014 at CAVE, passed the Court of Master Sommeliers level one introductory certificate in 2015 and WSET 3 with merit that same year.
I’ve written for an array of publications, websites and guide books and the first half of 2020 sees me researching and writing Mil (Catapulta, November 2020), a book about Peruvian chef Virgilio Martínez’s Andean restaurant.
Over the years I’ve contributed to Decanter, Wine Enthusiast, Star Wine List as a South America ambassador, Monocle, The Guardian, Condé Nast Traveller (UK and US editions), Travel + Leisure, CNN Travel, Wallpaper*, Vice, Saveur, Departures, Munchies, Le Pan, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants blog, Fortune, The Independent, Fodor’s, Rough Guide, Buenos Aires Herald, Centurion, Time Out Buenos Aires (wine editor), Les Fidèles de Bacchus, DK Eyewitness, New Worlder, The Financialist and Screen International. Occasionally I write in Spanish and have been published in Cuisine & Vin, La Nación, U-Like It and Forbes Argentina.
For May 2020, I’m thrilled to make Come Wine With Me a more collaborative project, boosting content in English but also in Spanish. So welcome on board Argentine sommelier Valentina Litman, currently leading the beverages team at Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt in Buenos Aires and a former Best Sommelier in the Basque Country (2018). It’s a real pleasure to have a such a talented sommelier on board and you can read more about Valentina, in Spanish, here.