Thomas Matthews

Thomas Matthews

Editorial advisor, New York

About

Thomas Matthews began writing for Wine Spectator in 1987, when he was a freelancer living in Bordeaux. Hired full-time in 1988, he was based in London for a year before joining the New York office. He became Wine Spectator’s executive editor in 1999. He stepped down from that role in 2021, and became an Editorial Advisor to M. Shanken Communications.

Matthews has lived in Spain, France and England, and has degrees from Bennington College and Yale University. His passion for wine was sparked when he worked the 1979 harvest in Bordeaux, and matured while working as a wine buyer for New York restaurants Odeon and Café Luxembourg in the 1980s. In 1993, he published A Village in the Vineyards, an account of his experiences in France. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Sara, a photographer who specializes in wine.

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Grateful

Executive editor Thomas Matthews looks back on his 33-year journey with  Wine Spectator , …

Dec 31, 2020
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Inside Thomas Matthews' Library: 8 Wine Books to Inspire Exploration

Wine Spectator's longtime executive editor shares favorites from his 33 years with the …

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Soft Cheeses & Sparkling Wines

Wine Spectator editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken shares his thoughts on the December …

Dec 15, 2020
Overcoming Obstacles

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Wine Spectator editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken shares his thoughts on a turbulent …

Nov 30, 2020
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These new reviews of value reds from the top Spanish region show Tempranillo's impressive …

Oct 29, 2020
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Executive editor Thomas Matthews reflects on a life of restaurant experiences. What he …

Oct 31, 2020
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Wine Spectator's Oct. 31, 2020, issue features great wines made around Italy, including a …

Oct 31, 2020
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California Pinot Noir has made tremendous strides in recent decades and now offers the …

Oct 15, 2020
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