Thomas Matthews

Thomas Matthews

Editorial advisor, New York
At large

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.

A Prince, a Castle and a Quest
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A Prince, a Castle and a Quest

Robert de Luxembourg is writing a new chapter in the legendary story of Château Haut-Brion 

Nov 30, 2021
It’s a Family Affair: 40 Years of the Wine Experience
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It’s a Family Affair: 40 Years of the Wine Experience

A history of Wine Spectator’s annual tasting event and a gallery of memories

Nov 15, 2021
7 Charming Spanish Reds for $30 or Less
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7 Charming Spanish Reds for $30 or Less

Explore Spain with these new reviews of affordable Tempranillo, Garnacha and more from …

Sep 23, 2021
Exclusive: Haut-Brion Owners Expand Plans on Bordeaux’s Right Bank, Buy Château Grand-Pontet
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Exclusive: Haut-Brion Owners Expand Plans on Bordeaux’s Right Bank, Buy Château Grand-Pontet

Prince Robert de Luxembourg says they will combine the St.-Emilion winery with Château …

Sep 21, 2021
Delicato Family Wines Acquires Francis Ford Coppola Winery
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Delicato Family Wines Acquires Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Plus, U.S. and E.U. suspend wine and spirits tariffs, and OperaWine returns to Verona

Sep 30, 2021
An Italian Resurgence: OperaWine Unites Top Winemakers for a Gala Tasting in Verona
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An Italian Resurgence: OperaWine Unites Top Winemakers for a Gala Tasting in Verona

While Italy's biggest wine trade fair has been delayed to October, the organizers partnered …

Jun 22, 2021
Steven Spurrier: Bridge Builder
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Steven Spurrier: Bridge Builder

Where would the wine world be today without the engaging and generous late British …

Mar 18, 2021
Grateful
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Grateful

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

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

Dec 24, 2020