Meet the Team
Patrick Schmitt MW
Patrick has been shortlisted two years running for editor of the year in the business and professional magazine category for the British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME).
Sarah writes, commissions and edits feature content for the drinks business, covers news for thedrinksbusiness.com and edits the drinks business Asia.
Christian Smith is digital commercial editor at the drinks business, focussing on the magazine’s online output, social media presence and daily newsletter.
Jessica Mason is the senior staff writer at the drinks business responsible for writing news and features across all drinks categories for the flagship magazine and website, curating the US and Asia newsletters as well as compiling stories for Drinks Business Asia.
Arabella Mileham is retail editor at the drinks business and covers everything related to the selling of booze across the UK’s vast off-trade. She also heads up db‘s fine wine coverage and weekly newsletter.
Senior Staff Writer
Eloise Feilden joined the drinks business as a Staff Writer after completing an MA in Magazine Journalism at City, University of London. Her work includes coverage of the international fine wine, beer, and spirits trade. Eloise also assists with the magazine’s social media strategy, helping to develop interactive posts and videos online.
Louis joined the drinks business in 2022. In addition to writing news for the db website, he is also in charge of the weekly Wine List Confidential newsletter. He is currently studying for his WSET Diploma.
Managing Editor dbAsia
A graduate of Hong Kong Baptist University and fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English, Alice began her career in journalism at Television Broadcasts Limited, before moving to print journalism in 2014 at the South China Media group.
Colin Hay is db’s Bordeaux correspondent and a Professor of Political Science at Sciences Po in Paris, where he works on the political economy of Europe, la place de Bordeaux and wine markets more generally.
Giles Fallowfield is an acknowledged expert on the wines of Champagne, the region itself and sparkling wines in general, having gleaned his knowledge from regular visits to the region for over 30 years. He also writes about restaurants, food, travel and other wine related subjects for many different consumer and specialist trade publications.
Fine Wine Correspondent
Fine wine correspondent Richard Woodard was an award-winning local newspaper journalist before being lured into the world of drinks writing via a weekly Saturday wine column (unpaid).
Lucy Shaw is a freelance contributor to the drinks business. Her special interest areas include Spain, Champagne, South America and the London on-trade.
While exposing council corruption, championing community heroes and chasing down criminals proved to be brilliant training, local news was not as captivating as the world of wine.
Since the early 1980s, Morris has been writing about wine and doing so full-time since the turn of the century, filling his notebooks with dispatches from about 150 reporting trips to wine regions around the world.
South American Contributor
- Chairman – Anthony Hawser
Advertising & Marketing
- Marketing Director – David Hennelly
- International Director of Sales Drinks – Andrew Oliver
- International Sales Manager – Lewis O’Sullivan
- Director of Sales Drinks – Stephen Eaves
- Director of Sales Spirits – Richard Cochrane
- Advertising Manager – Ryan Graves
- Sales Manager – Sophie Raichura
- Events Manager – Sophie Allan
- Events Executive – Isabel Distin
Design & Production
- Art Director – Alan MacKenzie-Morris
- Production Manager – Mile Budimir
- Sub-editor – Adrian Arratoon
- IT Manager – Asif Merchant
- Digital Designer – Latoyah Shaw
International / Consultants
- Consultant – Jack Keenan
- US Consultant – Clint Rodenberg
The Drinks Business is published by:
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The Drinks Business ISSN: 1477-7495