Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) have revealed the finalists in the Wine Communicator Awards for 2019.

The awards are an annual recognition of outstanding contribution to and excellence in wine communication in all its forms. This year there are 10 categories of awards, including the new category for Best Wine Student.

Entries across the categories were judged by sixteen experienced and respected wine industry professionals, including an independent judging panel from Gourmet Traveller WINE for the New Wine Writer of the Year award. The overall Wine Communicator of the Year award is then chosen from the category winners by the WCA board.

Toni Carlino, WCA Chairman, said judging the high quality of entries this year was hard.

“The WCA Awards continue to grow from strength to strength, each year we continue to gain more and more entries over each category. Yet again the caliber of the 2019 nominations were of an incredibly high standard, making the judges job a difficult process,” she said.

“It is encouraging to see that the Australian wine community has such a high standard of talent.”

Winners will be announced at the awards night at Two Hands Cellar Door in Sydney on 13 November, with tickets available here.

See the finalists across all categories below.

Best Wine Public Relations Campaign (Individual or Team):

  • Barossa Grape & Wine Association
  • Pernod Ricard Winemakers
  • Taylors Wines

Best Published Feature Articles or Wine Columns:

  • Daniel Honan
  • Katie Spain
  • Nick Ryan

Best Digital Wine Communicator:

  • Christophe Priddle – The Grape Underground
  • Jane Thomson – The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society
  • Trish Barry – Mastermind Consulting

Best Wine Website or Wine App:

  • Barossa Grape & Wine Association
  • Gourmet Traveller WINE – Digital Edition
  • Hardys Wines

Best Wine Student:

  • Alexander Iasiello
  • Emily A. Palmer
  • Liang Chen

Best Wine Educator:

  • Armando Maria Corsi
  • Jenny Polack
  • Markus Patz

Best Wine Book (Trade, Technical or Consumer):

  • Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine VII – 30th Anniversary Edition
  • The Highly Improbable Audacious Adventures of Wirra Wirra 1894 to 2019

Best Wine Publication (Trade or Technical):

  • The Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker
  • The Wine Paper
  • Wine & Viticulture Journal

Best Wine Publication (Consumer):

  • Gourmet Traveller WINE
  • Halliday Wine Companion
  • Pinot Palooza

Best New Wine Writer:

  • The Four Seasons, Stuart Smith
  • Unsung Sunbury, Angharad Davies
  • In Her Rhone World, Stephanie Eyles

Brydie Allen

Brydie Allen is the Editor of National Liquor News. She has been with Food and Beverage Media since 2019, when she joined the company as a journalist across National Liquor News, Bars & Clubs, The...

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