Samantha Payne is a drinks communicator, sommelier and wine consultant, spending her days travelling around the world to discuss fine wine, working with winemakers in various wine regions. She is known for her speciality in Australian wine, often speaking on panels and hosting events about the Australian wine and food landscape, both nationally and internationally. She is also a wine judge and educator. 

Payne also writes about wine, spirits, food and travel as the drinks writer for Gourmet Traveller, and has also been featured in Concrete Playground, Broadsheet, Decanter (UK), Conde Nast Traveller (USA) and hosted the wine video channel How to Drink Wine with Samantha on The Guardian alongside regular features in The Guardian Australia.