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  • Jancis Robinson
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  • Jancis Robinson
2 Apr 2019

The team is expanding... Expect to read articles by two new names, one on each side of the Atlantic.

Richard is off to Singapore in August since his wife Kathryn has been offered a plum job there setting up a primary school for the celebrated North London Collegiate school (one of the UK's major exports currently seems to be education). So, although he will continue to contribute to as much as possible, we need to strengthen our team of tasters in London, world capital of wine tastings, as I explained in London, capital for wine. We also need someone to take over Richard's excellent work organising our own tasting events in London. Richard has been showing Tim Jackson MW the ropes, as you can see in the main image here, with Tim on the left.

Tim Jackson has been a Purple Pager since 2006 and, after four years' study, qualified as a Master of Wine in 2017, having attended and been the most studious participant at many of our tasting events. (Cause and effect?) He has also been a rowing cox and a marathon runner and still lists cycling up mountains as one of his interests. So hauling cases of wine should present no problem.

Tim entered our wine writing competition last summer with this article about what lit the wine flame for him. He's a Londoner and studied chemistry at Oxford 1993–97 before going into business strategy consulting. An MBA at London Business School followed in 2004. He's yet another refugee from the world of finance where he worked for the last 10 years. We have already published a couple of articles, on Sémillon and Sassicaia, and many tasting notes by him and look forward to taking advantage of his considerable tasting skills and application.

Purple Pagers were introduced to our new contributor from across the Atlantic, Jason Wilson, via Tam's review of his latest book, Godforsaken Grapes: A Slightly Tipsy Journey through the World of Strange, Obscure, and Underappreciated Wine, chosen as one of the 10 best books of 2018 in its category by both The New York Times and the Smithsonian in Washington DC.

His writing ranges far and wide over drinks of all sorts. The late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain admired how 'superbly informative, entertaining, and yet deeply subversive' his book on obscure spirits Boozehound was. Jason currently writes about spirits for and was the spirits and cocktails columnist for the Washington Post for six years, winning a sheaf of awards while doing so. He has also been the beer columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and restaurant critic for his local paper, Philadelphia Daily News. For a flavour of his lively style, see this recent Washington Post article about sommeliers of honey, hot sauce and the rest.

His brief for us is to report on the East Coast wine scene, which can be, as he is keen to point out, very different from that on the West Coast, already covered in such excellent detail by our two correspondents there, Alder Yarrow and Elaine Chukan Brown. Jason's first bimonthly column for us, as he alternates with Max Allen's bimonthly reports from Australia, will be published next week. Andrea Frost has, alas, decided to concentrate on her philosophical studies without the distraction of bimonthly deadlines.