In the interest of full transparency, following are the disclosures of any author who writes regularly on Wine in VI. Please note that this website itself earns no income for those who participate and is published only in the interest of wanting to write about wine.
I am the owner of both Vinologue & Wine on VI. While I hold a degree in English Literature, my main source of income while living in San Francisco was web development and wine journalism was a hobby. This changed in 2012 to work full-time as a wine journalist when I moved to Catalonia to be based nearer to Old World wine regions.
The majority of my writing income comes from various articles I publish at irregular intervals for magazines such as Decanter and Harpers. I also receive payment for my monthly columns at Barcelona Metropolitan and Vadevi in Barcelona, Catalonia. Additionally, I am paid to write sporadic articles for wine importers in the US such as Blue Danube Wine as well as for other groups such as the Guild of Sommeliers.
My articles have appeared on the websites of Masters of Wine, Jancis Robinson & Tim Atkin and while they are very selective about who writes for them, they only pay those who are their regular, monthly contributors. Thus, I write very infrequently for them now.
Via publishing the Vinologue books, I earn a small profit from sales of the series which is promptly invested back in to publishing new titles. I also earn additional money from doing very limited, private wine tours, as well as English translation work for various wineries, the majority of which being for Espelt. But please note that I collect no salary from any winery or regional wine body.
Wine Samples: I absolutely will accept wine samples, but the vast majority of wines reviewed on this site I’ve either paid for or have tasted at larger events such as fairs or professional tastings.
Travel Policy: The vast majority of wine trips, I have and will continue to pay for out of pocket. I will accept invitations to a limited amount of press trips (to date, about four) and I will always write about them afterwards whether for one of the print publications I contribute to or on this site. Please note I reserve the right to be independent and approach anywhere I visit objectively and write about it as such.