At a presentation held last night at Australia House, members of the Circle of Wine Writers and the wine trade gathered together for the announcement of the winning ‘Young Wine Writer of the Year 2010.’ The event, now in its 10th year, is sponsored by Pavilion Books, (publishers of Oz Clarke and Michael Broadbent) and the Circle of Wine Writers, together with Wine Australia.
After much deliberation the judges had short-listed (in alphabetical order): Barley Blyton, Daniel Briggs, Gemma Dring, Jim Gore, Anne McHale, Anna Noble, David Stewart and Oliver Styles. The two runners-up were Daniel Briggs and Gemma Dring who each received a bottle of Australian regional wine presented by John McDonnell, of Wine Australia.
The Young Wine Writers Award winner 2010 was announced as Anne McHale for her entry
This year’s winner, Anne McHale, works for Berry Brothers & Rudd, the UK’s oldest wine merchant. She was over the moon to have been crowned Young Wine Writer of the year and gave a short interview which you can listen to by clicking below:
The prizes for the 2010 winner include a £1000 cheque presented by Pavilion Books and, courtesy of Wine Australia, a two-week trip of a lifetime to the wine regions of Australia, plus an engraved glass decanter.
Fiona Holman of Pavilion Books said: “This award aims to encourage new writing talent within the world of wine and to provide a real opportunity for some inspiring travel around vineyards and wineries across the globe. We are looking for wine writing potential rather than extensive knowledge or experience. We had a record number of quality entries this year which was most encouraging. I urge all this year’s entrants still eligible to enter again next year.”