Congratulations to all of the 2014 Roederer Awards shortlisted wine writers and photographers from across the world. Choosing them with the other judges yesterday was a very tough but amicable process, rounded off by a great lunch at Chez Bruce, my favourite London restaurant

Jacques Lardière by Matt Wilson

Tasca d’Almerita vineyards by Andrew Barrow


Labours au Clos Vougeot by Thierry Gaudillière

Guill and Katherine by Adrian Lander

John Kongsgaard by Clay McLachlan

CATEGORY 1 – THE ARTISTRY OF WINE AWARD 2014
          Andrew Barrow
          Thierry Gaudillère
          Adrian Lander
          Clay McLachlan
          Matt Wilson
CATEGORY 2 –DOMAINES SCHLUMBERGER EMERGING WINE WRITER OF THE YEAR 2014
          Evan Dawson
          Emma Harrison
          Lucy Shaw
CATEGORY 3 – RAMOS PINTO ONLINE COMMUNICATOR 2014
          Tim Atkin
          Christy Canterbury MW
          Michael Fridjhon
          Julia Harding
          Victoria Moore
CATEGORY 4 – DOMAINE FAIVELEY INTERNATIONAL WINE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2014
          The Champagne Guide 2014-2015 – Tyson Stelzer
          Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne and sparkling wine – Tom Stevenson & Essi Avellan MW
          Jura Wine­ – Wink Lorch
          The New California Wine – Jon Bonné
          The World Atlas of Wine 7th Edition – Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson OBE MW
CATEGORY 5 – DOMAINES OTT INTERNATIONAL FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR 2014
          Tim Atkin
          Michael Edwards
          Richard Mayson
          Anthony Rose
          Gabriel Savage
CATEGORY 6 – CASTIGLION DEL BOSCO INTERNATIONAL WINE COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR AWARD 2014
          Tim Atkin
          Nina Caplan
          Richard Hemming
          Will Lyons
          Francis Percival
CATEGORY 7 – INTERNATIONAL SHORT COPY COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR 2014
          Susy Atkins
          Tom Bruce-Gardyne
          Michael Fridjhon
          Joanne Gibson

  1. And what precisely is wrong with that? The IWSC has paying sponsors for its awards. Or is this simply a wine professional's knee-jerk reaction to wine marketing? (Since you are anonymous, I don't know)

  2. Robert, I think Anonymous is just elbowing the wine industry in the ribs, just as you do. Might you defend the comment if it were in a piece by The Hosemaster? And there's a category missing – Awards Ceremony of the Year. Kids used to do sport, now they do wine. If you don't win at this ceremony, there'll be another one along next week.

    The Secret Wine Adviser

  3. I wasn't being witty (this is the original Anonymous btw). I recognise that individual awards are 'up for auction' for sponsors. Just that in this case they all are part of the MMD stable and therefore it's a bit like the 'Me 1', 'Me 2', 'Oh, Me again' awards…

  4. I don't think it makes that much difference who sponsors an award to be honest. (Which does raise questions over the value of this kind of sponsorship) and have no problem with MMD using its agencies (and possibly helping to manage its budgets)

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