Susie Barrie is a Master of Wine known for her engaging blend of enthusiasm, authority and down-to-earth charm. Through her award-winning work on TV, radio, at events and in print, Susie has a fast-growing international profile.
Susie has been a presenter on BBC1 flagship show Saturday Kitchen for nearly a decade and she is known informally as ‘the show’s most successful matcher’ (Radio Times). Susie uses her considerable culinary skills to cook the dishes before the show to test with wines; viewers appreciate the successful formula. One of her recent recommendations sparked such a buying fury it not only sold out but crashed Majestic Wine’s website (which experienced its busiest hour ever) before going on to sell 30,000 bottles in advance orders.
“The brilliant Susie – she really is a genius!” (James Martin, BBC1)
In 2017, Susie’s prime-time BBC Radio 4 programme The Wine Detectives was featured in The Times, Guardian, Sunday Mirror and Radio Times, described as, ‘full of revelations’, ‘a treat’ and ‘fascinating: more please!’ As well as broadcasting across a variety of channels (ITV, Food Network, Sky News, BBC Radio), Susie has written two books – Champagne and Sparkling Wines and Discovering Wine Country – Northern Spain – and contributed to many more. Her writing credits include Decanter, Daily Telegraph, FHM, Radio Times, Harpers, The Mirror and Sunday Times Travel. She provides top-level consultancy for clients including restaurants, travel companies, hotels and the City of London Corporation.
Her husband Peter Richards is also an elite Master of Wine & TV broadcaster, with whom she has won several awards and also co-directs the acclaimed Wine Festival Winchester. Susie is one of the very few Masters of Wine to have passed all parts of the examination first time and was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award for being the top student in her graduation.
“Barrie is not afraid to give an opinion – with a light and personal touch […] charming and informative.”
Susie has received many other awards including EWP Communicator of the Year, International Wine & Spirits Communicator of the Year, Ribeiro Communication Award and a Gourmand World Book Award. She regularly hosts live events with credits including BBC Good Food Shows, The Palate and Taste.
With a background in acting and having been brought up in a string of Yorkshire pubs, Susie has many strings to her bow; in her spare time she sings, runs the odd marathon and is a keen cook with a growing collection of kitchen paraphernalia.
“She’s the best!” (Gennaro Contaldo, Saturday Kitchen)