John is a qualified winemaker who graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science) degree from Riverina College of Advanced Education (now Charles Sturt University), taking with him the College Medal for his year. From 1980 to 1987 he worked six vintages in Mudgee and two on Tasmania’s East Coast.
John has more than 15 years of journalistic experience, including 10 years as features editor of The Hobart Mercury, Tasmania’s leading daily newspaper. For most of that time, he wrote weekly wine columns for The Mercury and its sister publication, The Sunday Tasmanian.
From late 1997 until January 2002, John was employed as a senior media-relations consultant and managing editor for WineStream, working with such acclaimed and diverse wine producers as Grant Burge Wines, Evans & Tate, Lindemans, Cassegrain Wines, Jim Barry Wines, Broke Estate and Tim Adams Wines.