Carol Forest is a wine journalist based in HK and France, whose articles are currently featured on Tatler Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar Magazine , AppleDaily Deluxe (the most circulated newspaper in HK and Taiwan) , she also focus on writing for her own website, CarolForest.com, as well as her own wine experience company The Hedonist which she hosts tastings, wine consulting and supply to companies or connoisseurs.
Forest has been a freelance columnist since 2007. It was all started when a Hong Kong magazine invited her to be a new female figure for the magazine given her love of wine around the world. She joined as a columnist wrote for the Styles, Travel and Wine & Dining sections and launched CarolForest.com which she blogs and shares her wine and travel experience. Her blog is 100% non-commercial meaning she is not working with any brands nor merchants in order to remain objective in her wine view.
In fact, Forest did not start off as a journalist at the beginning of her career. After graduate from University of Michigan, she joined UBS as a management trainee traveling between USA/HK/Singapore/Australia, she then became a stock trader after her 3 years with UBS. Spending 6 years in Finance, she decided to quit and became a professional makeup artist and as well the International Creative Director for an International Label on their cosmetic division also having London agency representing her for her makeup artistry in Europe. In 2005, Forest moved to Paris and took her Master in Design Studies at Central Saint Martin in London before she became a full-time wine journalist with years in fine wine around the world.
Forest travels around the world for wineries and tasting events.
She firmly believes great wine is an expression of culture and, aside from walking the earth where the grapes are grown, it’s important to meet the people who grow the grapes and make the wine, to eat the food of the region and to understand the community. She still lives part of her every year in Biarritz which is a stone’s throw away from Bordeaux and at the border of Spain, which explains her good relationships with vintners and expanding knowledge of wines in the old world.
Forest always feel that some part of the wine culture overemphasizes book learning to begin with, despite she is in her WSET Diploma level in London. It somehow makes people feel that they cannot simply enjoy wine unless they understand everything about it first. She also believes wine is more than the juice itself but as well the winemakers’ stories and history of where the grapes come from, these set the reasons she started The Hedonist, a company that creates tasting and wine dinners that aim to build a closer bridge between drinkers and winemakers she met and highly recommend of; at the same time a wine buying platform for everyone to enjoy wine enough to develop a curiosity about it instead of sturdy book learning.