Ruth Spivey

United Kingdom Ambassador


After WSET studies and a host of jobs in retail, buying and importing, Ruth Spivey turned freelance in 2013 with the hope of bringing something fresh to the otherwise exclusive world of wine. That year she launched the nomadic independent wine market Wine Car Boot, now in its eighth year, and her speed tasting night Flight Club. She has written opening wine lists for several restaurants in London and co-hosts the wine offer at Wilderness Festival.

Today, as well as being Star Wine List’s UK Ambassador, Ruth advises on all aspects of wine for a range of business and private clients. She is a judge for the Decanter World Wine Awards, hosts tastings, speaks on panels and podcasts and writes about wine for a variety of on-and-off-trade publications. Her own wine site, , is launching this summer.

Ruth was Imbibe Innovator of the Year 2014, GQ Sommelier of the Year 2016, Young British Foodie (Alcohol) 2017 and listed in the Hot 50 by Harpers Wine & Spirits 2018.

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