William Kelley became the North America Correspondent for Decanter Magazine in 2016 and began reviewing the wines of Burgundy for Decanter with the 2015 vintage. He contributes to other publications including Noble Rot and The Robb Report.
William was initiated into the pleasures of wine when he tasted a bottle of 1955 Château Lynch Bages at the age of 17. Under the guidance of the late Hugo Dunn-Meynell, William cut his teeth as a taster on many of the great Clarets and Burgundies of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. During his time at Oxford University he served for four years as the president of the Oxford University Wine Circle, the world’s oldest tasting group of its kind, arranging weekly tastings with the world’s most celebrated wineries—ranging from grand estates such as Château Margaux to tiny producers like Yves Gangloff. He is particularly passionate about the wines of France, California, Germany and Piedmont.
In 2016 he was short-listed for the Louis Roederer Emerging Wine Writer of the Year Award. In 2017 he was awarded the Frank G. Prial Fellowship to the Professional Wine Writers’ Symposium at Meadowood, Napa Valley and has been shortlisted for the Louis Roederer Emerging Writer Award and Feature Writer of the Year Award. William is also a judge for the Decanter World Wine Awards.