Charles is one of the UK’s most-respected wine experts. He became well-known for his spontaneous and amusing wine critiques whilst presented drinks and occasionally food items for 12 years as one of the Richard-and-Judy team on the ITV programme, ‘This Morning’. He was also the drinks expert for ‘Taste Today’ on the Taste TV CFW channel. He has also presented many wine and food programmes on the Granada Breeze satellite channel, as well as, making appearances as a wine expert on ‘Great Food Live’ and ‘Sunday Lunch Live’ on UK Food (BBC digital TV/Sky TV).
He started his academic career at Eton, and continued it at Christ Church, Oxford. Here, he sang in the Cathedral every day, acted a lot and learned about wine
A lucky chance found him in the Evening Standard wine-tasting team, winning contests in France, Germany and California. The booze bug bit. In 1983, he wrote an article for a trade magazine, Wine and Spirit International.
He is co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, the world’s biggest wine competition, held annually in London, and was one of the founders of WINE International magazine.
You can read Charles regularly in ‘blue Wine’ magazine, and he is the UK correspondent for ‘Wine Business International’, a trade magazine published in Germany.
Along with his wife, Kathryn McWhirter, he wrote the ‘Sainsbury’s Pocket Food & Wine Guide’, a guide to which wines to drink with which food, which was published in October 1995. They also co-authored the Wine Guide on the tesco.com web-site. He also acts as a consultant for restaurant wine lists.
Charles Metcalfe is in great demand to talk (never lecture) about wine. His friendly, relaxed style and abundant store of winey anecdotes wins over any audience, and makes the sometimes pompous and intimidating subject of wine easy and fun. He prefers his audiences to have a glass in hand.
Charles is a wonderful host with a natural blend of humour and energy.