10 of the best jobs in drinks and how to get them

Freelance wine writer

Name: Amanda Barnes

What route did you take to your current role?

In chronological order, a passion for literature, travel, food and then – unsurprisingly – wine!

What’s an average day look like?

I’m not going to lie, it rarely starts before 9am. On an ‘office’ day I’m usually working from anywhere on my laptop until late into the evening. When I am visiting a wine region, I could be walking through vineyards, interviewing a winemaker, or tasting through dozens of samples. Weekends don’t exist – they are identical to a weekday.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The fascination. I have the fortune to meet fascinating people, discover beautiful places and taste captivating wines. You can never get bored… Exhausted, yes. But never bored.

And the worst?

The spotty pay and no job security.

What’s your best piece of advice to someone looking to land your job?

Make sure you have the right motivation, don’t underestimate education or feedback and learn the self-discipline to work hard.

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