Flamboyant and straight talking, Joe Wadsack won the coveted International Wine and Spirit Communicator of the Year award 2005. He was Richard & Judy’s wine expert (Channel 4) and is one of the authors of the Richard and Judy Wine Guide (Harper Collins 2005). Joe also appears each month as The Wright Stuff’s Wine Expert (Five) guiding the viewer to the month’s best buys. He also appeared regularly on The Terry & Gaby Show, and is a contributor to Great Food Live, UKTV Food’s live lunchtime show as well as presenting his own programme, Great Wine Walks, also for UKTV Food.
Joe has just been signed as the face and corporate consultant to Dartington Crystal wine glasses – 2006/2007.
Joe studied wine making in Bordeaux and has since worked as a wine buyer and consultant for a number of leading supermarket chains. He’s young, vibrant and authoritative, but most importantly approachable.
The signs were there from the start – having grown up at his parents’ award-winning pub/restaurant in the Hampshire, he became a devotee to great food and wine. Having spent a year learning the nuts and bolts of wine-making in Bordeaux, Joe then progressed, via Oddbins, to the position of wine training consultant for J Sainsbury before becoming Wine Buyer and Wine Marketing Manager at Waitrose – a position he held for five years.
He also has a great palate that culminated in him becoming the youngest ever International Senior Judge at The Royal Melbourne Wine Show at 29 years old. Joe also writes monthly for Waitrose Food Illustrated and quarterly for Waitrose in Season. Oz Clarke describes Joe’s tasting ability as “excellent . with an extraordinary wine tasting repertoire”.
Joe lives near Skegness with his wife and two young children.