Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley are drinks writers, consultants and presenters. They have been shortlisted for the past three years as ‘Communicators Of The Year’ by the International Wine and Spirits Competition and their first book together, Distilled: A Guide To The World’s Best Spirits (Octopus Publishing) was awarded ‘Best Drinks Book’ in The Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2015 and is now published in 13 languages. Their latest book, Straight Up: Where To Drink And What To Drink On Every Continent’ was published on the 5th October 2017 and the duo are currently working on The World Atlas Of Gin, to be published in 2019.
Joel and Neil are at the forefront in providing expertise and innovation in the alcoholic drinks world: from Whisky to Gin, Port to Prosecco, Cognac to Craft Beer and other exotic drinks, the duo have a wealth of knowledge to share with audiences across the globe. They are both ‘Keepers Of The Quaich’, one of the highest accolades in the Scotch whisky Industry, have recently been made Mousquetaires d’ Armagnac, in recognition for their services to the global promotion of this noble French brandy and are regular drinks contributors for The Sunday Telegraph.
The pair have appeared on several prime time television shows including slots on ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Tried & Tasted with Michel Roux Jr and C4’s Sunday Brunch where they regularly appear as drinks experts, and on international radio programmes from in UK, the USA and India, discussing the finer points of the world of wines and spirits. They approach the drinks world with an independently-minded spirit, always looking to build on their reputation as hard-working educators. In the last two years alone, they’ve hosted over 200 wine, spirits and cocktail tastings around the world from, Taiwan to Poland, for audiences as diverse as the The Telegraph Gin Experience and the Japanese Ambassador at the House Of Commons.
Their appeal is simple: dispelling the myths and misunderstanding which surround the drinks world, presenting a clear, concise message to the growing number of those drinkers eager to experience the stories behind an array of incredible drinks from around the globe.