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Metcalfe Charles

The English wine expert Charles Metcalfe (*1949) founded the magazine Wine International together with Robert Joseph in 1984, which was later renamed Wine & Spirit International. He also initiated the two competitions, International Wine Challenge and International Spirit Challenge, which he organised every year. In 2006 he sold the journal and competitions to the newspaper publisher William Reed. Metcalfe regularly appears on various TV shows about wine and food. He is considered a specialist in Spanish and Portuguese wines and a profound wine critic. He says he often tastes up to 100 wines a day. Together with his wife Kathryn McWhirter he wrote the books "The Wine & Food Lover's Guide to Portugal" and "The Wines of Spain & Portugal". For the latter he won the "Glenfiddich Drinks Book of the Year Award" in 1989. He is Honorary President of the Association of Wine Educators and Chairman of the Judges' Panel for the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Award. He also acts as a consultant for wine lists of restaurants.

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