Young Wine Writer of the Year 2013

YWWA Smart PicksThe bus said it all as it travelled past Australia House on the Strand – there were going to be some smart picks at the Young Wine Writer of the Year awards, hosted by Wines of Australia.

Now in its thirteenth year the competition is going from strength to strength, with 49 quality entries, a record number. Sponsored by the Circle of Wine WritersPavilion Books (Oz Clarke’s publishers) and Wine Australia with the aim to encourage new wine writing potential.

YWWA Australia House

The guests start to arrive..

In the elegant surroundings of Australia House the Young Wine Writer finalists with members of the Circle of Wine Writers, Pavilion publishers and our Australian hosts enjoyed a tasting of tiptop Aussie wines as well as delicious canapés, gently serenaded by a fine pianist. However he didn’t play Waltzing Mathilda…

YWWA winesI was very keen, arrived early and managed to taste the 30 or so wines as well as, of course, chatting to some of the competitors and other guests.

Steven Spurrier, president of the Circle of Wine Writers then announced this years winner, Hugh Jones, whose winning entry was an intriguing story how he busked his way to buy a very special wine, Angelo Gaja’s 1997 Sori Tildin.

YWWA 2013 winner, Hugh Jones

YWWA 2013 winner, Hugh Jones, ready for Australia

Hugh wins a £1000 cheque (which would buy him a couple of bottles of Gaja’s wine!) presented by Pavilion Books, a two week trip of a lifetime to the wine regions of Australia, courtesy of Wine Australia and a year’s subscription to the Circle of Wine Writers.

The criteria for this year’s award:
All you have to do is write 1500 words about any aspect of wine.

The Circle of Wine Writers is pleased to offer this annual award, to help
develop promising young wine writers. The award is open to anyone aged 30
or under by the end of 2013 who is based in the UK. Applicants should not yet
have had a wine book published nor yet be an established wine columnist or
regular contributor to a magazine. We are looking for wine-writing potential
and commitment to popular consumer wine-writing rather than extensive
knowledge or experience.

So if you’re a keen young writer keep a look out for the Young Wine Writer of the Year competition next year.


 My post from last year.

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