db team shortlisted for Roederer awards

Two members of the drinks business editorial team and several contributors have been shortlisted for the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2014.

RoederersIn the 10th year of the competition, which a saw record number of entries, db’s Lucy Shaw has made the cut for the Emerging Wine Writer of the Year, while Gabriel Savage is on the shortlist for International Feature Writer of the Year.

Also shortlisted for International Feature Writer of the Year are Michael Edwards, who regularly writes for db on his specialist subject of Champagne, and contributing editor Tim Atkin MW, who is additionally in contention for Online Communicator of the Year and International Wine Columnist of the Year.

A further db contributor Tom Bruce-Gardyne has been shortlisted in a newly created category, International Short Copy Columnist of the Year.

“We have many more entries this year than ever before,” commented Charles Metcalfe, chairman of the judges, “and the standard is higher than ever.”

Although the winners will not be announced until an awards ceremony on 9 September, Metcalfe remarked: “The awards revealed why some of the best-known wine writers have earned the reputations they enjoy. On the other hand, they also brought some exciting new names to our attention.

“I particularly appreciated the international nature of the entries and enjoyed seeing high quality writers and photographers from countries such as the US and Australia.”

Metcalfe was joined on this year’s judging panel by Jamie Goode, wine columnist for The Sunday Express; Gabriella Opaz, co-founder of Catavino.net; Margaret Rand, general editor of Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book; and Robert Joseph, founder of Meininger’s Wine Business International.

Offering his own view of the judging process, Joseph declared:“Wine writing today is a very competitive environment; the Roederer Awards helps to sort the wheat from the chaff.”

The full shortlist for 2014 is as follows:

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

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