Disclosure

Since 2011, I have made an annual disclosure of earnings:

  • 2011: £38,090 in the UK (Nov 1 – October 31) and €22,401 in France (Jan 1 – December 31).
  • 2012: £35,165 in the UK and €21,286 in France
  • 2013: £47,150 in the UK and €10,942 in France
  • 2014: £45,167 in the UK and €21,834 in France
  • 2015: £47,692 in the UK and €22,615 in France

From 2013, I have offered a basic breakdown of earnings, in the interest of greater transparency.

  • Journalism (£24,240 in the UK and €4,420 in France)
  • Consultancy (£8,450 in the UK and nothing in France)
  • Wine Tasting and Judging Fees (£6,900 in the UK and nothing in France)
  • Authorship, Royalties and Photocopying Fees (£3,355 in the UK and nothing in France)
  • Lecturing and Tour Guiding (£4,205 in the UK and €6,522 in France)

The equivalent figures in 2014 were £45,167 in the UK and €21,834 in France.

  • Journalism (£23,012 in the UK and €1,232 in France)
  • Consultancy (£7,210 in the UK and nothing in France)
  • Wine Tasting and Judging Fees (£9,410 in the UK and nothing in France)
  • Authorship, Royalties and Photocopying Fees (£4,574 in the UK and nothing in France)
  • Lecturing and Tour Guiding (£900 in the UK and €20,602 in France)
  • Photography (£60 in the UK and nothing in France)

The equivalent figures in 2015 were £47,692 in the UK and €22,615 in France.

  • Journalism (£28,925 in the UK and nothing in France)
  • Consultancy (£7,800 in the UK and 1,352€ in France)
  • Wine Tasting and Judging Fees (£8,035 in the UK and nothing in France)
  • Authorship, Royalties and Photocopying Fees (£1,761.12 in the UK and nothing in France)
  • Lecturing and Tour Guiding (£800 in the UK and €21,263 in France)
  • Photography (£371 in the UK and nothing in France)

Thus my earnings for 2015 equate to a total of £67,247 (or €77,811 or $87,616​) at exchange rates prevailing on 17 August 2016. Journalism accounts for 44.4% of these earnings, and non-journalistic activities for 55.6%.

Note that my tasting, judging and lecturing fees are often earned outside both the UK and France, but invoiced either to the UK or to France.

The earnings here disclosed cover almost all the living expenses of four people. Tax is paid on UK earnings in the UK, and on French earnings in France.

My consultancy work is for the wine list of one London restaurant.

I pay some of the travel expenses involved in the research which my work requires, but much of my travel is funded by others (usually generic-promotion organisations). Full details are available on request.