Sarah Jane Evans MW
Sarah Jane Evans MW first started drinking Spanish wine – Sherry, whilst at the University of Cambridge studying SPS. Subsequently she worked as an editor in book publishing, and in magazines (as Associate Editor of BBC Good Food). She’s written three books, the first an introduction to Spanish food, the second a history of the city of Seville, and the third (due out in October ) Chocolate Unwrapped, a guide to chocolatiers and their bars (include some top Spanish producers).
She became a Master of Wine in 2006 and won the Robert Mondavi winery prize for the highest overall marks in the theory exam. Her dissertation was on Sherry (still a favourite topic). Today she is a member of the Council of the Institute of Masters of Wine, and is actively involved in the Education Programme.
This year she was made a member of the Gran Orden de Caballeros de Vino, only the fourth woman in the organisation’s history, for her services to Spanish wine. In addition to co-chairing the DWWA Spanish panel she has judged wine internationally in Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, Georgia, Germany, as well as the UK; she writes about wine for Decanter and for a number of consumer magazines; hosts consumer and specialist wine tastings ; and is a former President of the Guild of Food Writers and a Founder Member of the Academy of Chocolate.