Julie Arkell is a wine writer, broadcaster and journalist. Her background in the wine trade includes roles as Head of Wine at Guinness, Regional Wine Development Manager for Scottish & Newcastle Breweries, and Manager of The Sunday Times Wine Club.
In 1992 Julie began writing about wine and had her own column in the Saturday Express and has also contributed to The Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Express Magazine and Sainsbury’s Magazine, amongst many others.
Her books include Classic Rum, New World Wines: The Complete Guide, The Wine Drinker's Handbook, Collins Need to Know? - Wine, Collins Gem Wine, and she co- wrote Oz and James' Big Wine Adventure.
Julie has been the drinks correspondent for both the Daily and Sunday Express, and has contributed to Tesco Wine Club Magazine, BBC Good Food Magazine, handbag.com, Wine International, Harpers, Decanter, The Daily Telegraph, Sainsbury’s Magazine, Candis Magazine, Websters publishing, www.jancisrobinson.com, At Home With Antony Worrall Thompson and James Martin Magazine amongst many others.
Julie is regularly involved in both television and radio work spanning the worlds of drink, food and travel, presenting or guesting on programmes for BBC television, Channel 5, Sky, Carlton Food Network, BBC Radio and local radio.
Her awards include prizes for the WSET Higher Certificate and Diploma exams, and a Brown Brothers MW Scholarship. Julie is past-Chairman of The Circle of Wine Writers.
A frequent speaker, Julie adopts a no-nonsense, fun approach to wine tastings and is willing and able to tackle all drinks subjects, tailoring her presentation to suit any audience. She has lectured on the QE2 (Cunard), the Black Watch (Fred Olsen), Aurora (P&O) and Artemis (P&O), Abruzzo Wine Consortium in Italy, and conducts many consumer tastings for leading UK supermarkets and has appeared at the BBC Good Food Show.
She is also a sought-after judge at many international wine competitions including the New York Classic, Quality Drink Awards, Great Taste Awards, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles and Concours Mondial au Chile.
Instrumental in designing the successful Passport To Wine & Food weekends for CenterParcs, Julie is available as an expert consultant. She also offers popular wine tasting packages for corporate bodies that are looking for something different with which to entertain clients or employees.
Julie’s recent work includes editing 2014 drinks magazine Cheers! with Oz Clarke and Salvatore Calabrese.