IWSC names Communicator of the Year

The International Wine & Spirit Competition has named UK wine writer and presenter Jane Parkinson as its Communicator of the Year 2014.

Jane ParkinsonAnnounced at a gala dinner on Saturday to open Vinitaly, the award is sponsored by fair organiser Veronafiere and is designed to reward an individual “who demonstrates exceptional contribution to increasing awareness of wine and spirits.”

Former deputy editor of the drinks business, Jane currently appears as a wine expert on BBC show Saturday Kitchen, as well as writing for Stylist and being wine editor for Restaurant Magazine. Her first book, Wine & Food, is due to be published later this year.

Responding to the award, which saw her beat three other shortlisted candidates, Jane said: “Countless heroes and heroines of mine in the drinks industry have been recipients of this award in the past, so to say I’m delighted to win this year’s IWSC Communicator of the Year award is a huge understatement!”

Among the previous winners of this award are fellow wine writers and presenters Jancis Robinson MW, Oz Clarke and Olly Smith, as well as last year’s winner, the whisky specialist Dave Broom.

Explaining the competition’s decision, IWSC general manager Ewan Lacey said: “The judges thought Jane was a natural choice as this year’s winner. She is appealing and likeable to both trade and consumer and brings a fresh, modern voice to the industry.”

Following her win, Jane will host a tasting on the theme of “Sip and Sample – the wonder of Sherry” at Vinitaly on Monday 7 April.

To keep up to date on all the news, entry deadlines and results from the IWSC, visit www.iwsc.net.

 

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