Richard Baudains was born and bred in Jersey in the Channel Islands (United Kingdom) and trained to be a teacher of English as a foreign language in order to satisfy his wanderlust. After several years in various foreign climes, Baudains settled down in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, having had the good fortune to reside previously in the winemaking regions of Piemonte, Tuscany, Liguria and Trentino-Alto Adige. Baudains wrote his first article for Decanter in 1989 and has been a regular contributor on Italian wines ever since. His day job as director of a language school conveniently leaves time for a range of wine-related activities including writing for the Slow wine guide, editing, translating, leading tastings and lecturing in wine journalism at the Università delle Scienze Gastronomiche.


‘Tuscany’s Quiet Italian’, Decanter Tuscany Supplement 1991 p.34-37.

‘Italy’s Brilliant Subversives’, Decanter, April 1992, p.47-51

‘Theme and Variations’, Decanter July 1992 p.54

‘A Cautionary tale from Chiantishire’, Decanter November 1992, p.20

‘Medieval Maverick’, Decanter June 1994 p.42

‘Letter from Italy’, Decanter June 1995, p.27

‘Local hero’, Decanter April 1997p.73-76

‘Italy’s Original Tuscan’, Decanter Feb 1999.

‘Identity Crisis’, Decanter May 2001, p.68 

‘Lambrusco’s return,’ Decanter Italy 2011 supplement, p.36

‘Whither Tuscany?’, Decanter Italy 2014 supplement, p.4-9

‘A Suitable Alternative’, Decanter Italy Supplement (unknown date), p.56-59.

‘Heart of the Matter’, Decanter Italy Supplement (unknown date), p.48-56


DWWA, Decanter World Wine Awards 2017.