The British Wine Journal (Wine & Spirit for short) was founded in 1984 by the wine critic Charles Metcalfe
and the writer Robert Joseph founded (but it may not with the name-like US Journal Wine & Spirits
be confused). It first appeared under the name "What Wine?" And was then renamed "Wine Magazine" and later "Wine International". In February 2006, a merger with the already 150-year-old journal "Wine & Spirit" (in the Jancis Robinson
her wine writer career began), the new journal now appeared under the name "Wine & Spirit International". The monthly journal covers wine, spirits, beer and cocktails. It is considered a direct competitor of the wine magazine Decanter
, Annually, the competitions International Wine Challenge
and International Spirits Challenge. Journal and competitions have been owned by newspaper editor William Reed since 2005.