Welcome to Episode 1280 in which Marc Millon interviews Andrew Jefford, award winning wine and travel writer in this installment of Wine, Food & Travel with Marc Millon on the Italian Wine Podcast.
Today’s interview is part of a special sub-series dedicated to some of the most influential wine personalities in the business. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Andrew’s latest book, please visit: https://academieduvinlibrary.com/ and use code ITALIANWINE in the coupon option at the checkout to receive £5 off your purchase!
More about today’s guest:
The son of a Church of England clergyman and the eldest of three brothers, Jefford grew up in Norfolk, England. He was educated at Gresham’s School, the University of Reading (where he read English, awarded First Class Honours) and the University of East Anglia, where his post-graduate studies were jointly supervised by the late Sir Malcolm Bradbury and Guido Almansi. At UEA he obtained an MA in the 19th and 20th Century novel (awarded With Distinction), then worked for two years on a PhD thesis on the short fiction of Robert Louis Stevenson, which was not completed.
He began work as an editor with Paul Hamlyn’s Octopus Group, and his passions for wine and writing led to articles and books on wine, after four years in publishing in 1988. He was the drinks writer for The Evening Standard, the evening newspaper for the London region, between 1992 and 2002, worked as an occasional presenter for BBC Radio Four’s The Food Programme and other programmes on BBC Radio Three and Radio Four (1992-2007), and has written widely for The Financial Times on wine and travel (2003-2021). He is a Contributing Editor to and writes a monthly column for Decanter magazine. Jefford is also contributing editor to the quarterly magazine The World of Fine Wine for which he writes the One Bottle column and regularly takes part in tastings. He is one of the four co-chairs for Decanter World Wine Awards, and works as Academic Advisor to The Wine Scholar Guild.
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More about the host Marc Millon:
Marc Millon, VIA Italian Wine Ambassador 2021, has been travelling, eating, drinking, learning and writing about wine, food and travel for nearly 40 years. Born in Mexico, with a mother from Hawaii via Korea and an anthropologist father from New York via Paris, he was weaned on exotic and delicious foods. Marc and his photographer wife Kim are the authors of 14 books including a pioneering series of illustrated wine-food-travel books: The Wine Roads of Europe, The Wine Roads of France, The Wine Roads of Italy (Premio Barbi Colombini), and The Wine Roads of Spain. Other titles include The Wine and Food of Europe, The Food Lovers’ Companion Italy, The Food Lovers’ Companion France, Wine, a global history. Marc regularly lectures and hosts gastronomic cultural tours to Italy and France with Martin Randall Travel, the UK’s leading cultural travel specialist. He is soon to begin a regular series on Italian Wine Podcast, ‘Wine, food and travel with Marc Millon’. When not on the road Marc lives on the River Exe in Devon, England
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