Susie Barrie MW (Chair)
Susie Barrie MW is an award-winning wine writer and broadcaster.
Susie regularly appears on Saturday Kitchen (BBC 1), recommending wines that frequently sell out within a few hours – perhaps not surprising considering around three million of you tune in every week! Other TV and radio credits include Daily Cooks (ITV), Great Food Live (UKTV Food), Food Network Daily (Carlton Food Network), Sky News, LBC Radio, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Scotland.
Susie initially trained and worked as an actress (starring in ITV’s cult comedy Dare to Believe and the BBC’s Aquilla). However, having been brought up in a string of Yorkshire pubs and hotels, the lure of food and wine eventually proved too strong. In September 2009 she passed the notoriously difficult Master of Wine examinations at the first attempt and is now an MW – one of only 288 worldwide.
Susie is also the author of two books: Champagne and Sparkling Wines and Discovering Wine Country – Northern Spain, the second of which picked up a Gourmand Award in 2006. Other books Susie has contributed to include two editions of the Saturday Kitchen cookbook, In the Mood for Entertaining and Wine Made Easy. Other writing credits include Decanter, Drinks International and The Sunday Times Travel Magazine.
Susie’s latest, and most exciting project to date is the newly-established Winchester Wine School, which she runs with her husband and fellow wine writer, Peter Richards MW.
When she’s not broadcasting and writing about wine, hosting events or judging in international wine competitions, Susie can most often be found with her head in a recipe book, running around the local water meadows or singing.
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