The British wine journal (Wine & Spirit for short) was founded in 1984 by the wine critic Charles Metcalfe
and the writer Robert Joseph (but it should not be confused with the US journal Wine & Spirits
, which has a similar name). It first appeared under the name "What Wine?" and was then renamed "Wine Magazine" and later "Wine International". In February 2006, it merged with the 150-year-old journal "Wine & Spirit" (where Jancis Robinson
began her wine writing career) and the new journal was published under the name "Wine & Spirit International". The monthly journal covers wine, spirits, beer and cocktails. It is considered a direct competitor of the wine magazine Decanter
. Every year the competitions International Wine Challenge
and International Spirits Challenge are organized. The journal and competitions have been the property of the newspaper publisher William Reed since 2005.