John Saker was born and educated in Wellington. He developed an interest in wine after living in France for several years where he played professional basketball. He has been writing about wine, with a specialist interest in New Zealand pinot noir, for the past 20 years. He has written for many publications, both in New Zealand and overseas, and is the author of three wine books, including Pinot Noir: The New Zealand Story. In 2008, he curated the New Zealand Portrait Gallery exhibition ‘The Face of New Zealand Wine’.