Aidy (Adrian) Smith, is a wine and spirits presenter/personality with a key focus on the modern drinker. As the wine and spirits columnist for The Independent and official Brand Ambassador for Vivino, Adrian has spent his career developing a fun and curiosity-peaking mind-set to drinks. Cutting through the clutter Adrian has developed a tight-knit Instagram community (one of the largest in the country within this arena), fostering the growth and development of like minded individuals to promote the industry. Known as Sypped, Adrian is known for his interactive guides, ABC education, masterclasses and anti-snobbery approach. He also frequently advises and consults brands on their Instagram strategies.
Colin Hampden-White fell in love with wine and spirits initially through his award-winning photography, which has been exhibited extensively in London, including the National Portrait Gallery and Manhattan, winning the Louis Roederer Award for Artistry along the way. Working initially for the Scotsman, The Times and Financial Times, he became the founding editor of Whisky Quarterly magazine and continues to write for LUX and Condé Nast. Colin is a Keeper of the Quaich, judges for the International Wine and Spirits Competition and is Chairman of the Circle of Wine Writers.
Helena Nicklin is an award-winning wine and spirits writer and presenter with sixteen years of experience in all aspects of the trade. She writes for various online and luxury print consumer titles such as Savile Row Style Magazine, Clos19, Winerist Magazine and entrepreneurial website TalentedLadies.com. She regularly presents at consumer fairs such as the Ideal Home Show, appears as the drinks expert on live TV and radio and sits on various panels for tasting competitions. Her goal is to make the world of wine and spirits more visual, accessible and fun.