Hello, I’m Matt. I’m a freelance wine expert currently based in London and Avignon (watch my recent BBC documentary on English wine here). I’ve worked on countless wine related projects over the past twenty years, but here are a few things I’ve been up to recently…

Writing articles

I’m a contributing editor at Decanter magazine and have written a regular wine column for Tim Atkin MW’s website timatkin.com for six years. I contribute regular articles for Foodism and Imbibe. I’ve written for many other titles over the years, including Square Meal, Harpers, Living France, Le Pan…

Writing books

My first book, Drink Me!, was published by Quadrille in 2012 in their acclaimed New Voices in Food series and went on to sell over 10,000 copies. I was given the Fortnum & Mason ‘Best Newcomer’ Award on the back of its success. I’m currently researching a book on the wines of the Rhône, to be published in 2020.

Writing copy

If you need someone to write accurate, engaging, unattributed wine copy, I can help. I have experience in producing effective copy for large companies which has featured in national UK newspapers and magazines.

Presenting tastings and speaking

I used to find public speaking nerve-wracking but today I enjoy it. I’ve recently presented masterclasses to sell-out crowds of trade professionals at the London Wine Fair and Imbibe Live. Ever keen to help spread the word about Riesling, I’ve worked on consumer campaigns with Wines of Germany annually since 2013. I’m happy working on a stage, behind a stand, on podcasts, radio, video or livestreaming online.

Producing restaurant wine lists

Do you want an exceptional wine list for your pub, restaurant or hotel – but lack the expertise to produce it in-house? If so, give me a call. Current clients include The Table in London Bridge, who I’ve been working with for seven years.

“The wine list is a joy. The management recently brought in specialist Matt Walls as a consultant to rejuvenate their vinous offering and I would say they certainly got their money’s worth.” Noah May, The Arbuturian

“…a clever, curiosity-packed wine list” Marina O’Laughlin, The Guardian

I also established a wine list for Cafe Below in the City of London that went on to win Best Cafe Wine List in the 2015 Imbibe Wine List of the Year competition.

Judging wine competitions

As you can see in the articles section, I write about and enjoy all styles of wine. However, if there’s one region in which I have particular expertise it’s the Rhône – I’m Regional Chair for the Rhône at the Decanter World Wine Awards. In the UK I’ve also judged at the International Wine Challenge, the International Wine & Spirit Competition, the Sud de France Sommelier of the Year Competition…

Internationally, I’ve judged the Pays d’Oc Collection in France, the Hunter Valley Wine Competition in Australia… And it’s not all wine – one regular highlight of my year is judging the London Steak Awards.

As you can see I love wine and I’m always looking for new wine-related projects to sink my teeth into. Do you think we could work together? Let’s find out – send me an email at mw@mattwalls.co.uk.

Shortlisted for the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2017 Food and Wine Writer of the Year

Shortlisted for the Born Digital Wine Awards 2016 Best Editorial/Opinion Wine Writing

Shortlisted for the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2016 Online Drink Writer

Winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015 Blogger of the Year

Shortlisted for the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2015 Online Communicator

Runner Up in the Born Digital Wine Awards 2015 Best Editorial/Opinon Wine Writing

Shortlisted for Harpers Wine & Spirit French Wine Awards 2014 Best French Wine Writer/Critic

Shortlisted for the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014 Blogger of the Year

Shortlisted for the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2013 Blogger of the Year

Off Licence News Top 25 Policy and Opinion Formers 2013

Winner of the Drinks Business Awards 2013 Communicator of the Year

Winner of the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2013 Newcomer of the Year

Shortlisted for the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2012 Blogger of the Year