Joelle Thomson is a journalist, wine writer and author who lives in Wellington, her turangawaewae is the South Island.

Her love affair with wine began when she was bitten by the big buttery chardonnay bug in the late 1980’s and like many people wine became a passion, however she has taken that passion for wine to a different level than most.

She wrote her first wine column in 1994 for Capital Times newspaper and still contributes to reincarnation – Capital magazine. She also writes for Good magazine, Drinksbiz and is a long-term correspondent for NZ Winegrower magazine.

Joelle is the author of 16 wine books (published by New Holland and HarperCollins) including 10 annual guides and, like all published authors, is working on the next book.

Joelle has the Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s highest qualification, the Level 4 Diploma, and has taught levels 1, 2 and 3 for many years for the NZ School of Food & Wine. She has judged at wine shows in New Zealand since 1995 and also in Australia and South Africa, this year she is a guest judge at the 2019 Marlborough Wine Show.

She comments on wine for RNZ National and loves walking in Wellington’s town belt. Joelle also works as a wine adviser and wine programme director for Regional Wines & Spirits.

As Joelle says “When not writing about myself in third person, I also enjoy New Zealand’s great outdoors, which is one of the many great reasons that in 2017 I relocated from Auckland to Wellington – the gateway to the South Island, where I was born.”

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