Wine Communicators Australia announces 2018 Awards finalists

Record number of entries over the nine categories received

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Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) has announced the finalists in the 9 categories of the 2018 Wine Communicator Awards.

Following judges feedback in 2017, the ‘Best Wine Book’ award was condensed into one award cover all book publications in consumer, technical & trade.

13 experienced and respected wine industry professionals have judged the entries in the award categories, with four panels each assessing one or two categories each. This includes renowned wine judges Huon Hooke, Judy Saris, and masters of Wine Alison Eiserman-Cterteko and Philip Reedman.

The New Wine Writer of the Year Award is judged independently by Gourmet Traveller WINE Editor Judy Sarris, contributing Editor Huon Hooke and WCA Deputy Chair Angie Bradbury.

The overall Wine Communicator of the Year Award will then be chosen from the category winners by the WCA Board and announced at the awards night in Sydney on Wednesday 7 November 2018.

WCA Chairman Angus Barnes says, “A record number of over 70 entries across the 9 categories were received this year. Yet again the calibre of the 2018 nominations were of an incredibly high standard, making the judges job a difficult but very rewarding one.”

The finalists for each category are:

Best Wine Public Relations Campaign (Individual or Team) – Awards partner WCA

  • Brian Olson - Taylors Wines
  • Mary Hamilton - Hugh Hamilton Wines
  • Simone Bannister - Domaine Chandon Australia

Best Published Feature Articles or Wine Column – Awards partner Treasury Wine Estates

  • Jane Faulkner
  • Max Allen
  • Tony Love

Digital Wine Communicator of the Year – Awards partner Liquid Ideas

  • Henschke Wines - Justine Henschke
  • Mastermind Consulting - Trish Barry
  • REVEL Global - Dan Sims

Best Wine Website or App – Awards partner Purple Giraffe Marketing

  • Jack Scupham - d'Aremberg Wines
  • Cassandra McDonald - eBev
  • Kate Powell - WSET

Best Wine Educator – Awards partner Adelaide University

  • Armando Maria Corsi - Ehrenberg-Bass Institute
  • Dan Sims - REVEL Global
  • Kerry Wilkinson - The University of Adelaide

Best Wine Publication (technical & trade) – Awards partner Pernod Ricard Winemakers

  • Australian and New Zealand Grapegrower& Winemaker
  • Wine Australia RD&E News
  • Wine & Viticulture Journal

Best Wine Publication (consumer) - Awards partner Pernod Ricard Winemakers

  • Judy Saris - Gourmet Traveller WINE
  • Dan Sims - Pinot Palooza Magazine
  • Peter Simic - Winestate Magazine

Best Wine Book (consumer, technical & trade) Awards partner - Calabria Family Wines

  • Fiona MacDonald - Hill of Grace: 150 Years of Henschke Under Southern Skies
  • Julie McIntyre & John Germov - Hunter Wine: A history
  • Peter Forrestal & Ray Jordan - The Way it Was

Best New Wine Writer of the year – Awards partner Gourmet Traveller WINE

  • Guy Pack - The Lure of Languedoc
  • Kirsty Petrides -The Greek Sparkling you Need to Know About

Find more details of the awards here »

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