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 Writers, Pavilion Books (Oz Clarke’s publishers) and Wine Australia with the aim to encourage new wine writing potential.
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…
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.
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.