ALICE LASCELLES

Alice Lascelles is an award-winning journalist, author, presenter and drinks expert. She writes about drinks for the Financial Times and can often be found on the radio and TV talking about wine, spirits and bar culture.


Alice has been covering the drinks industry as a trade and consumer journalist for almost 20 years. She writes the drinks column for Financial Times How to Spend It magazine and is also a regular contributor to FT Weekend. Before that she was drinks columnist for The Sunday Times and The Times. Her articles and columns have also appeared in The Economist, Monocle, Noble Rot, Prospect, jancisrobinson.com, Evening Standard, Vice as well as many trade and specialist titles.


Alice is an expert on the production and provenance of drinks, but most of all she loves the stories that go with them. Her topics have ranged from the rise of Japanese whisky and the science of bubbles, to profiles of Syria’s only working winery and the bar scene that helped regenerate New Orleans post-Katrina. One of her favourite gigs was interviewing physicist Professor Brian Cox about his champagne collection for the Financial Times.


Alice is a regular on BBC Radio 4 programmes including The Food Programme and Kitchen Cabinet, and can also often be found talking about drinks on ITV and Channel 4. In October 2019 she presented Amazon’s first live-streamed whisky tasting, and has given talks and lead tastings from the Southbank London Literature Festival and Port Eliot to the FT Weekend Festival.


She is the author of Ten Cocktails: The Art of Convivial Drinking (Saltyard 2015), a spirited tour of the cocktail cabinet inspired her travels in pursuit of the mixed drink.


Her awards include Fortnum & Mason Drinks Writer of the Year and IWSC Spirits Communicator of the Year. She has also been shortlisted for Louis Roederer Wine Writer of the Year and TheGuild of Food Writers Drinks Writer several times. In 2013 she was made a Keeper of the Quaich.


Before she became a journalist, Alice studied English at Cambridge and spent several years as assistant to theatre director Max Stafford-Clark.


When she is not writing, Alice has a second life as a musician which has included touring with the White Stripes and releasing an album. She also likes gardening and walking in the Lake District. She lives in London with her husband, two sons and cocker spaniel Daisy.