I am not used to getting awards, but passing home from Georgia I stopped over in London for the Louis Roederer award ceremony and took the ever dapper Doug Wregg from Les Caves de Pyrene as my escort. We drank champagne, chatted with other nominees and guests and in the end, I ended up going up to accept my magnum of Cristal, or the promise of one (should be arriving any day), for this very blog. The award? On-Line writer/columnist of the year.
Yes! It was a thrill.
This is a particularly heart warming award for a number of reasons; they are given on a body of work (not one article) and judged by a panel of peerless peers. That a company thinks well enough of wine writers to say to the world, we support you, we encourage you, we want to see more writing, we applaud you, wine writing is cultural writing, and on top of that there's also a cash award ? God bless them, that's all I can say.
Check out the list for the other winners.