Peter Richards is a writer, broadcaster and Master of Wine. Known for his enthusiastic and authoritative style, Peter is in global demand as a presenter, broadcaster and event host – when he’s not posing for photos in front of stainless steel tanks.
Peter is a familiar face from his ten years presenting on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen – the longest running Saturday morning show in UK TV history, which goes out to up to three million thirsty viewers. His broadcasting work is varied and credits include Sky One, BBC2, ITV1, UKTV, ESPN, Food Network and BBC Radio.
“If only more communicators were as engaging and charismatic as you! A true gift.” Prowein
Peter has written two books – The Wines of Chile and Wineries with Style – and contributed to more than a dozen more including The World Atlas of Wine, The Wine Opus and three editions of Saturday Kitchen cookbooks. Writing credits include The Guardian, FT, Times Online, Decanter, Daily Mail, FHM, Square Meal, The Liberal and The World of Fine Wine. Reviews have praised him as ‘a polished and fluent writer’ (Evening Standard) and ‘illuminating and unpretentious’ (World of Fine Wine).
Critical acclaim for Peter’s unique mixture of erudition and accessibility has led to awards including EWP Communicator of the Year, IWSC Communicator of the Year, Ribeiro Best Wine Communication, Young Wine Writer of the Year, a Gourmand World Book Award plus nominations for Louis Roederer Awards and Imbibe Personality of the Year. Peter was also one of a handful of Masters of Wine to pass all parts of the gruelling examination first time, and was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award as the top student in his graduation.
“The Superman of vino” Jimi Mistry
Peter is one half of a unique double act with his wife Susie, a fellow Master of Wine and TV presenter. Together they host events, broadcast and co-direct the acclaimed Wine Festival Winchester. Consultancy work leads Peter to advise hotels, restaurants, airlines and travel operators on their wines and F&B programmes. He also regularly hosts live events with credits including the BBC Good Food Shows, Taste of London, Decanter Fine Wine Encounter and the award-winning The Palate, an annual nationwide search to find the country’s best amateur wine taster.
Peter is proud to support many charities, having helped raise over £28,000 for good causes as a result of initiatives like running the Medoc Marathon and Denbies Half as well as via Wine Festival Winchester’s annual charity prize draw. In what time remains he works on his serve-volley game and acts as Susie’s ineffectual sous chef.
“You are a real master of the audience – it was a privilege having you with us.” Eduardo Chadwick, Viña Errázuriz