Sally Easton MW wins award for WSET Vines & Vinification book

A book on winemaking and viticulture written by Sally Easton MW for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has won the Viticulture and Oenology category at the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) Awards 2018.

Vines & Vinification, released earlier this year, was commissioned by WSET as a learning support for students studying the Wine Production unit of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s (WSET) Level 4 Diploma.

The OIV presents awards each year to books within 10 categories, judged by an international jury representing member countries of the OIV, described by Jean-Marie Aurand, director general of the OIV as the “Nobel prizes of wine and literature.”

The illustrated book is intended to aid understanding of the viticulture and winemaking process, presented in as chronologically-relevant an order as possible, while also addressing key factors such as the influence of temperature, time, and oxygen in winemaking.

“This award recognises the hard work that has made this book such a comprehensive and authoritative exploration of all aspects of modern winemaking,” said Antony Moss MW, director of strategic planning at WSET, and responsible for this publication project. “The book deserves a wide readership, and OIV’s recognition will help achieve this.”

Author Sally Easton MW is a freelance educator, writer and consultant who has worked closely with WSET for many years, and has also written for the drinks business on many occasions.

On winning the award, Easton added: “I am proud to receive this award for a book that aims to inform and educate students clearly and logically. To have my work recognised by the OIV is hugely rewarding.”

The book is available to buy through WSET’s online shop.

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