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LRIWWA 2015 winners announced

LRIWWA 2015 winners announced

 

16th September 2015, London – At a spectacular event at 6 Burlington Gardens last night the winners of the 11th Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards were announced.

 

The evening opened with introductory speeches from Richard Billett, Managing Director of Maisons Marques et Domaines LTD, Charles Saumarez Smith, Secretary and Chief Executive of The Royal Academy of Arts, Michel Janneau, Executive Vice President for Champagne Louis Roederer and chairman of the LRIWWA judges Charles Metcalfe.

In addition to Brut Premier en magnum served throughout the evening, guests were treated to a taste of the latest vintage of Cristal – the 2007 – after the Awards presentation. In addition, wines from the LRIWWA sponsors were available all night from the bar. The wines were Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Framboisiere 2013, Domaines Ott* Blanc de Blancs 2012, Ramos Pinto 10 yr old Tawny Port and Pio Cesare Barolo 2011.

Champagne Louis Roederer and the 2015 judges are delighted to announce this year’s shortlist as follows:

CHAMPAGNE LOUIS ROEDERER ARTISTRY OF WINE AWARD 2015

–          Andrew Barrow – WINNER

–          Thierry Gaudillère

–          Michel Joly – COMMENDED

–          Adrian Lander

–          Steven Morris

–          Mick Rock

–          Jon Wyand

 

CHAMPAGNE LOUIS ROEDERER EMERGING WINE WRITER OF THE YEAR 2015

–          Mark Andrew

–          Dan Keeling – WINNER

–          Rupert Millar

–          Emily O’Hare

–          Lucy Shaw

–          Hamish Smith

–          Cathrine Todd

 

PIO CESARE FOOD AND WINE WRITER OF THE YEAR 2015

–          Natasha Hughes MW

–          Victoria Moore

–          Francis Percival – WINNER

RAMOS PINTO ONLINE COMMUNICATOR 2015

–          Jane Anson

–          Tim Atkin MW

–          Joss Fowler

–          Michael Fridjhon

–          Andrea Frost

–          Jamie Goode

–          W. Blake Gray

–          Victoria Moore – WINNER

–          Alder Yarrow

 

DOMAINE FAIVELEY INTERNATIONAL WINE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2015

–          Barolo & Barbaresco – Kerin O’Keefe

–          Native Grapes of Italy – Ian D’Agata – WINNER

–          Natural Wine – Isabelle Legeron MW

–          The Essence of Wine: Celebrating the Delights of the Palate – Alder Yarrow

 

DOMAINES OTT INTERNATIONAL FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR 2015

–          Jane Anson

–          Tim Atkin MW – WINNER

–          Michael Edwards

–          Richard Hemming

–          Anne Krebiehl MW

–          Margaret Rand

 

CHAMPAGNE LOUIS ROEDERER INTERNATIONAL WINE COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR AWARD 2015

–          Tim Atkin MW

–          Michael Fridjhon

–          Will Lyons

–          Victoria Moore – WINNER

–          Anthony Rose

 

 

In exceptional years, the judges agree on an individual whose efforts impressed the panel enough to cause debate, resulting in an additional Award being granted –The Chairman’s Award. Such was the case this year, with Alder Yarrow’s exceptional efforts notably kin the online category. He received a magnum of Cristal 2007 and a trophy.

 

 

The 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
NINA CAPLAN
Nina Caplan is the New Statesman’s wine columnist and a freelance arts, travel and food and drink journalist for publications including the Sunday Telegraph, the Financial Times, Conde Nast Traveller and Square Meal. She has been Guides Editor of The Guardian, Features Editor of Time Out and Editor of Metropolitan, the trilingual Eurostar magazine. Last year she won both the Roederers Wine Columnist of the Year and Fortnum & Mason’s Drink Writer of the Year. She tweets @ninacaplan and blogs, when she remembers, at www.ninacaplan.com.
DR 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 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. He was also the general editor of the award-winning Finest Wines series of wine guides, published in association with Aurum and University of California Press. He has won prizes for his writing on wine, is one of the two UK tasters on the Grand Jury Européen, and serves on the advisory board of the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers.
JANCIS ROBINSON OBE MW
Described by Decanter magazine as ‘the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world’, Jancis writes daily for JancisRobinson.com (voted first-ever Wine Website of the Year in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards 2010), weekly for The Financial Times, and bi-monthly for a column that is syndicated around the world. She is also editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine, co-author with Hugh Johnson ofThe World Atlas of Wine and co-author of Wine Grapes – A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours, each of these books recognised as a standard reference worldwide.

An award-winning TV presenter, she travels all over the world to conduct wine events and act as a wine judge. In 1984 she was the first person outside the wine trade to pass the rigorous Master of Wine exams and in 2003 she was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen, on whose cellar she now advises.

She loves and lives for wine in all its glorious diversity, generally favouring balance and subtlety over sheer mass.
GABRIEL STONE
Editor of international trade title The Drinks Business, Gabriel Stone joined the magazine after a degree in Classics, interspersed with work in various UK wine bars and a handful of South African wine estates, as well as being president of the Oxford University Wine Circle. Her work for db has taken her all over the wine and spirits world, and in 2011 she won the Louis Roederer Emerging Wine Writer of the Year award.

 

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For further information about the competition, or the awards presentation, please contact:

Marinel FitzSimons

Champagne Louis Roederer Brand Manager / Maisons Marques et Domaines Ltd

T : 020 8812 3380

E : marinel.fitzsimons@mmdltd.co.uk

www.theroedererawards.com      www.louis-roederer.com

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