The British wine journal (Wine & Spirit for short) was written in 1984 by the wine critic Charles Metcalfe
and the writer Robert Joseph founded (but it must not with the eponymous 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 there was a merger with the 150 year old journal "Wine & Spirit" (in which Jancis Robinson
her career as a wine author began), the new journal has now been published under the name "Wine & Spirit International". The topics of wine, spirits, beer and cocktails are dealt with in the monthly published journal. It is considered a direct competitor to the wine magazine Decanter
, The competitions are held annually International Wine Challenge
and International Spirits Challenge organized. Journal and competitions have been owned by newspaper publisher William Reed since 2005.