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Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards Shortlist

Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2013 Shortlist

PRESS RELEASE – 17th July 2013

The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2013 Shortlist Announced

On Wednesday 10th July the Roederer Awards Judging Panel met at the Maisons Marques et Domaines headquarters in London to discuss in detail their scores for the entries in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2013.

Despite a series of computer crashes, late nights and weekends spent marking to ensure all the scores were ready on time, the panel were alert and sharp-witted and spent a number of hours engaged in good-humoured debate as to whose submissions were worthy of making it onto the prestigious shortlist for 2013.

Charles Metcalfe, Chairman of the Judges, concluded that ‘we had more entries this year than ever before and the sheer quality of the entries in several categories made for lively debate before we decided on the winners.’ The effort put in by such a distinguished panel of judges mirrors the quality of some of the submissions and there was a remarkable degree of unanimity in the scoring, although picking the overall winners was a lengthier task.

However, by lunchtime, the shortlist was agreed upon and the judges were rewarded with a glass of Louis Roederer Cristal 2005 followed by a delicious lunch at Chez Bruce which was complemented by the wines from our 2013 category sponsors Domaines Ott, Ramos Pinto, Domaine Faiveley and Meerlust Estate.

An invitation-only Awards Ceremony will be taking place to announce the winners at the Royal Academy of Arts on Tuesday 10th September 2013.

Champagne Louis Roederer and the Judges of the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Awards 2013 are delighted to announce this year's shortlist:

CATEGORY 1 – THE ARTISTRY OF WINE AWARD 2013

- Rocco Ceselin

- Matt Wilson

- Alisdair Nicol

- Jon Wyand

- Alain Proust

- Michel Joly

- David Eley

The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2013 Shortlist Announced (continued)

CATEGORY 2 – MEERLUST ESTATE EMERGING WINE WRITER OF THE YEAR 2013

- Simon Woolf

Various from www.timatkin.com / www.palatepress.com / www.themorningclaret.com

- Lucy Shaw

Articles from www.drinksbusiness.com

- Ella Lister

Articles from www.finewinemag.com

- Rupert Millar

Articles from www.drinksbusiness.com

- Evan Dawson

Articles from www.palatepress.com

CATEGORY 3 – RAMOS PINTO ONLINE WINE COLUMNIST / BLOGGER OF THE YEAR 2013

- Blake Gray

Articles from www.palatepress.com

- Alex Hunt

Articles from www.jancisrobinson.com

- Kate Thal

Articles from www.greenandbluewines.com

- Sarah Abbott

Articles from www.timatkin.com

- Robert Joseph

Articles from www.timatkin.com

- Joe Wadsack

Articles from www.joewadsack.com

CATEGORY 4 – DOMAINE FAIVELEY INTERNATIONAL WINE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2013

- Pomerol

Neal Martin

- Sherry, Manzanilla & Montilla – A Guide to the Traditional Wines of Andalucia

Peter Liem and Jesus Barquin

- Wine Grapes

- Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding, José Vouillamoz

- The Finest Wines of Germany - A Regional Guide to the Best Producers and Their Wines

Stephan Reinhardt

- Bordeaux Legends

Jane Anson

CATEGORY 5 – DOMAINES OTT INTERNATIONAL WINE WEBSITE OF THE YEAR 2013

- www.timatkin.com

Entered by Tim Atkin M.W.

- www.thewinedoctor.com

Entered by Chris Kissack

- www.wine-pages.com

Entered by Tom Cannavan

- www.wineanorak.com

Entered by Jamie Goode

Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2013 Shortlist

The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2013 Shortlist Announced (continued)

- www.palatepress.com

Entered by David Honig

- www.wine-searcher.com

Entered by Rebecca Gibb

CATEGORY 6 – INTERNATIONAL WINE COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR 2013

- Tim Atkin M.W.

Columns from Off Licence News

- Michael Fridjhon

Columns from Business Day, South Africa

- Francis Percival

Columns from The World of Fine Wine

- David Schildknecht

Columns from The World of Fine Wine

- Tom Bruce-Gardyne

Columns from the Glasgow Herald

- Nina Caplan

Columns from the New Statesman

CATEGORY 7 – INTERNATIONAL WINE FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR 2013

- Margaret Rand

Various features from The Drinks Business/Decanter/World of Fine Wine

- John Stimpfig

The Financial Times, How to Spend It

- Tim Atkin M.W

Various features from Imbibe/Decanter/World of Fine Wine/Gourmet Traveller Wine

- Jamie Goode

Various features from World of Fine Wine/Nature

- Michael Edwards

The Drinks Business

- Joanne Gibson

Classic Wine, South Africa

The Panel of Judges

CHARLES METCALFE

(CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDGES)

Author of numerous books including the Award-winning Wine and Food Lover’s Guide to Portugal, Wine Writer, Presenter, Co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, and occasional blogger thewinesinger.blog.co.uk

SUSY ATKINS

Susy Atkins is the wine columnist for the Sunday Telegraph Stella magazine, the drinks editor of Delicious magazine and a regular presenter on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen. She is the author of eight wine and drinks books, and for several years was co-editor of the Which? Wine Guide. Susy regularly speaks on wine at tasting events and food festivals across the UK.

Susy has won the Glenfiddich and Lanson awards for her wine writing, was the IWSC Communicator of the Year 2004 and last year won the Food and Travel Magazine Readers' Award for best drinks book.

ANDREW JEFFORD

Andrew Jefford has been writing about wine (as well as, less frequently, whisky, beer, travel, tea, food, philosophy and perfume) since 1988. He is currently a columnist and contributing editor for both World of Fine Wine and Decanter magazine, and writes a weekly blog column for www.decanter.com('Jefford on Monday'). After 15 months in Australia between 2009 and 2010, during which he was a Visiting Research Fellow at Adelaide University, he now lives with his family in the Languedoc, where he is (slowly) writing a book on terroir in Australia. Previous books have included The New France, Peat Smoke and Spirit and Andrew Jefford's Wine Course. He also writes haiku on twitter (@andrewcjefford).

ANTHONY ROSE

Anthony Rose is the wine correspondent of the Independent and the i newspapers in the UK. He is also a columnist with The Shanghai Daily and contributes, among other publications, to Decanter Magazine and The World of Fine Wine. He teaches the Leiths School of Food & Wine Certificate and trains restaurant staff on sake. He chairs the Decanter World Wine Awards Australia panel and the Decanter Wine Retailer Awards panel and has nosed his way around the world in wine competitions in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, California, Japan, China, Germany and France.

Anthony’s awards include the Louis Roederer International Wine Columnist of the Year 2008 and Glenfiddich Wine Writer of the Year 2005. He is a founding member of The Wine Gang at www.thewinegang.com, has a blog on his website: www.anthonyrosewine.com and is on Twitter @antrose33.

PATRICK SCHMITT

Patrick Schmitt is editor-in-chief at The Drinks Business. He writes for and manages the European and Hong Kong editions of The Drinks Business, as well as the printed product’s website thedrinksbusiness.com. He also chairs the publication’s annual awards programme, including The Drinks Business Awards for product innovations and environmental initiatives, as well as the magazine’s Champagne and Rioja Masters, for which he heads up a tasting panel of wine experts.

Patrick has been shortlisted two years running for editor of the year in the business and professional category for the British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME). He is currently studying for his Master of Wine qualification and, as part of this, has been awarded the Esterhazy and Reh Kendermann bursaries as well as the AXA Millésimes and Yalumba scholarships.

NEIL BECKETT

Dr Neil Beckett began his career as an academic historian. But equally interested in wine, he soon wanted to spend more time down in the cellar than up in the ivory tower. In 2000 he became senior feature writer for Harpers, of which he became contributing editor and for which he wrote a regular column. In 2004 he became the first editor of The World of Fine Wine, an award-winning quarterly review on which he works with Hugh Johnson and Andrew Jefford. Since 2009 he has also been general editor of the Finest Wines series of regional guides, published with University of California Press. He has judged around the world, won prizes for his writing on wine, and is one of the two UK tasters on the Grand Jury Européen.

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