About David Sly

After more than 35 years in print journalism, Adelaide-based writer and editor David Sly has a wealth of experience in wine and food writing, including national awards and a graduate degree in the University of Adelaide/ Le Cordon Bleu Gastronomy course.

Wine grew from a part-time lover into a full-blown affair after David became wine and food editor of The Advertiser newspaper in 1999, and he has since been a contributor to a raft of national and international magazines, from Australian Gourmet Traveller and Decanter to SALife Magazine, The Adelaide Review and James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine. He sporadically judges at wine shows, notably at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show.

He believes intently that wine should be enjoyed and assessed in the context of dining at table, and therefore focuses equally on wine and food journalism – one of few writers in Australia to pursue these disciplines equally. As a consequence, he draws a bead on the specialised regional output of South Australia, and has produced four SALife food and wine annuals since 2010.

David also writes extensively about many of his other consuming passions – music, theatre, comedy, snow skiing and travel – and lectures in journalism at Flinders University and Adelaide TAFE.