We are incredibly sad to announce the passing of one of the great Spanish wine writers, John Radford. Having written dozens of articles and books on Spanish wine for over 20 years, his passing has come as a huge tragedy.
John’s desire to share his passion in wine began in the early seventies with a lecture series and column. By 1981, his wine column was syndicated to all local dailies throughout the UK in the Coventry Evening Telegraph; but it wasn’t until 1989 that John was commissioned by ICEX, the Spanish Embassy Commercial Office in London, to write the trade/press textbook for Spanish wines The Spanish Wine Education Notes. His very first book on Spanish wine was published in 1998, which not only became our bible on Spanish wine when we arrived to Spain in 2005, but the definitive consumer guide to Spanish wines internationally. For this, we are eternally grateful.
We personally didn’t know John very well, but I did have the chance to travel with him in 2009. On a press trip to Castilla y Leon we shared several evenings bantering over Spanish wine, food and culture; while Ryan also had several opportunities to both hear him speak over the years and share a few glasses. And although our time together was limited, his indepth knowledge and passion for Spanish wine was clearly evident: a champion for the rise of Spanish wine in the global market, a cheerleader for unspoken of Spanish regions, and a passionate lover of all things “wine” – ensuring that every single drop was thoroughly savored from his glass. He, my friends, was in love with Spain, and a sheer pleasure to speak with.
Interestingly, his history didn’t only focus on wine. John also wrote children’s comics, including a girl’s edition called Judy. With the same publisher, Dundee, he later dabbled in a science fiction series called Starblazer, as well as several short stories. Wine, children’s books and science fiction sound like a wicked combination!
Today, we kindly ask you to raise a glass of Spanish wine in John’s honor, as well as his family, for whom we give our heartfelt condolences to. And if you really want to support John’s memory, why not download a book to your Kindle where you can get as much pleasure from his writing as we have.
Salud John and thank you!
Gabriella and Ryan
Bibliography of John’s Food and Wine Books
2011 RIOJA REVISITED (e-book updating THE WINES OF RIOJA)
2011 THE WINES OF RIOJA (republished as an e-book)
2010 THE ULTIMATE WINE COMPANION (Sterling Epicure, New York – Spanish chapter)
2009 COMPANION GUIDE TO THE WINES OF THE WORLD (New edition – Spanish chapter)
2009 COOK ESPAÑA, DRINK ESPAÑA (American edition)
2008 WINE REPORT 2009 (Spanish chapter)
2007 WINE REPORT 2008 (Spanish chapter)
2007 COMER EN ESPAÑA, BEBER EN ESPAÑA (Spanish language version)
2007 COOK ESPAÑA, DRINK ESPAÑA (with Mario Sandoval)
2007 GREAT WINE TOURS OF THE WORLD (New edition – Spanish chapters)
2006 WINE REPORT 2007 (Spanish chapter)
2005 WINE REPORT 2006 (Spanish chapter)
2004 VINOS DE ESPAÑA – Spanish Translation of THE NEW SPAIN (New Edition)
2004 THE NEW SPAIN (New Edition)
2004 THE WINES OF RIOJA
2004 COMPANION GUIDE TO THE WINES OF THE WORLD (Spanish chapter)
2004 WINE REPORT 2005 (Spanish chapter)
2003 WINE REPORT 2004 (Spanish chapter)
2002 THE SPANISH WINE EDUCATION NOTES
2002 DE WIJNEN VAN SPANJE – Dutch translation of THE NEW SPAIN
2002 GREAT WINE TOURS OF THE WORLD (Spanish chapters)
2001 GYLDENDALS BOG OM DE SPANSKE VINE Danish translation of THE NEW SPAIN
2001 A CENTURY OF WINE (Spanish chapter)
2000 GLOBAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WINE (Spanish and Portuguese chapters)
2000 A CENTURY OF WINE (Mitchell Beazley, London – Spanish chapter)
2000 POCKET BOOK OF FORTIFIED AND SWEET WINES (with Stephen Brook – fortified wines)
1999 WEINLANDSCHAFT SPANIEN – German translation of THE NEW SPAIN
1998 THE NEW SPAIN