About Us 

Get to know Wine Turtle and the people behind the scenes.

  • Who works at Wineturtle.com?
  • What are our backgrounds?
  • What have we been drinking recently?

Find the answers to these questions and a whole lot more down below. If you can't find what you're looking for, be sure to get in contact with us here


An Introduction to Wine Turtle

Wine Turtle is one of the leading online wine publications in 2023.

Connecting with wine enthusiasts in over 150 countries, we provide independent and engaging content that covers the wine world in its entirety.

From divine wine and food pairings, to personal wine recommendations, to wine history, to detailed winemaking guides, we're passionate about wine journalism and we absolutely love what we do.

Wine Turtle was founded in early 2015 by Tim Edison and is now run by Jamie Smith.

Tim was brought up around wine and starting a website about it seemed like the most natural (and therapeutic) life choice he ever made.

Our mission at Wine Turtle is to keep wine fun and engaging.

The world of wine is a large one, that still has an air of intimidation about it.

We aim to bring you the stories, history, details, and the knowledge without any of the pretentiousness that wine drinking can sometimes be associated with. If we ever stop being fun to read then we've failed and be sure to let us know!

You can get better acquainted with the team down below.


Meet the Team

Meet the people that make Wine Turtle happen. Honestly, they're a nice bunch really, even after a couple of bottles of wine!

JAMIE SMITH (JAMES)

πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸŽ“ WSET Level 2 in Wine πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“

(Level 3 in progress)

Jamie drinking wine

I'll level with you here. I was a real latecomer to the world of wine.

I had always been into craft beer and whisky but with wine that switch had just never been flicked.

I think part of that is just maybe never having tasted a really nice wine. Your typical 'house wine' in your average restaurant is usually pretty uninteresting and maybe that's what it came down to. 

Wine certainly wasn't a drink that was commonly shared among my friends anyway.

It wasn't until a family holiday near Bordeaux in my late 20’s that wine started to appeal to me and appeal in a big way!

We weren't there for the wine. There just happened to be the perfect Airbnb near Bergerac, next to the Dordogne. Really beautiful countryside and quaint picturesque villages and chateaux aplenty!

None of us were big wine drinkers, but we did a few wine tastings. I mean it would be weird to visit the Bordeaux area and not do one or two right!?

And a couple of the wines really hit the spot. One sweet white wine in particular had us all lining up in the shop to fill our bags. A Sauvignon Blanc/ Semillon blend very similar to Sauternes.

I still have one of the bottles actually. It reminds me of a great time with people I rarely see and it's also the exact moment I became fascinated with wine.

Holding empty bottle of wine

My 'gateway' wine in Bordeaux.

Fast forward to today and wine is a huge part of my life. 

I’ve got my WSET Level 2 award in wine (with distinction I may add πŸ˜‰), I’m currently studying for the WSET Level 3 award, I co-wrote a book on wine, and I’m now running things here at WineTurtle.com.

Jamie Smith holding WSET level 2 certificate

The next step is to make Wine Turtle a physical presence and open a wine shop and tasting venue in my home town (it needs one!) but that’s for another day. I’ll keep you posted on our socials of any developments anyway.

Jamie Smith certificate for WSET Level 2 in wine

If you want to keep up to date with life here at Wine Turtle I post daily on our Instagram page and once or twice a week on our YouTube channel. There’s also our email newsletter that goes out twice per month. 


✍🏻 You can browse my published work at Wine Turtle here.

🍷 Keep up to date with what I've been drinking and what I've been rating recently on my new Vivino profile


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Tim Edison

πŸ“š Published Author πŸ“š

Tim Edison for WT

I started Wine Turtle way back in 2015.

It was basically started as a means for me to write about the things I'm passionate about and connect with other like-minded people (I always wanted to start a forum too but I've never had the time. Watch this space!).

Fast forward to today and we have visitors from over 150 countries, and that's something I'm really proud about.

You can get acquainted with my wine related qualifications on my LinkedIn profile.

πŸ“– My book is available here πŸ“–


πŸ“£ Big Wine Turtle Update (August, 2022) πŸ“£

I've got big news! All good things must come to an end and I've recently handed over the reins at wineturtle.com to Jamie πŸ˜₯

I'm pursuing other avenues of work and combined with family commitments I just don't have the time to spare anymore.

I'll still write the occasional article and hopefully contribute to the blossoming YouTube channel too.

But, I've left you in very capable hands. Jamie has some exciting moves planned for the future of Wine Turtle! Please support him like you've supported me! πŸ‘

✍🏻 You can browse my published work at Wine Turtle here.




Wine Turtle in the Press

πŸ† Wine Turtle was recently awarded the title of 'Most Informative Wine Enterprise 2023' in the Lux Life Magazine Perfect Gift Awards πŸ‘

We've Been Featured In:

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How to Contact Us

You can reach us over on our 'Contact' page, directly by email, phone, or even write to us.

  • For general enquiries: [email protected]
  • For more exciting/urgent matters: [email protected]
  • Tel: (971) 300-4724
  • Snail mail: Wine Turtle, 10350 N Vancouver Way, #1024 Portland, OR 97217



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