Contributor & Podcast Co-Host
Sophia is an award-winning wine communicator, writer and wine tastings host. She is an Ambassador and judge for the People’s Choice Drinks Awards and was featured as one of Wine GB’s Great British Wine Industry Women of 2021. Recently, she won the IWSC Emerging Talent in Wine Communication Award 2022.
As a writer of restaurant reviews for several online publications, Sophia decided time to set up her own blog, skin+pulp, to record her discoveries in wine. The blog enabled her to dive deeper into the world of wine, as she began to write up trade tastings, vineyard visits and wine reviews. She was also able to interview accomplished people in the wine industry (a highlight was Sarah Jane Evans MW), which inspired Sophia to go further.
During her WSET Level 3 studies, Sophia began working as a wine advisor and later as Brand Co-ordinator at a specialist wine bar, Grays & Feather. She loved interacting with customers and teaching them about the wine list, and soon she was hosting her own regular wine tastings there, as well as at other venues around London. When COVID struck, Sophia restructured her work in wine for the online world and began hosting virtual wine tastings, as well as working with PR companies on wine brand campaigns, writing articles and creating social media content for wineries.
Now, Sophia continues her work in wine communication as a freelance wine writer (she has had articles published on Wine-Searcher, The Buyer and Falstaff) and wine tastings host for wine boards and at national events, such as the Ideal Home Show. She is an Ambassador and judge for the People’s Choice Drinks Awards and was featured as one of Wine GB’s Great British Wine Industry Women of 2021. Most recently, she won the IWSC Emerging Talent in Wine Communication Award 2022.
Sophia is especially passionate about elevating other women in the wine world and hosts a weekly Instagram Live called #WednesdayWineWomen on her Instagram page, @skinandpulp, where she has interviewed over 70 women in wine. As well as sharing the inspiring stories of incredible wine women, she hopes it will help to make the industry a friendlier place for women and to inspire newcomers to the space.