Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) has today announced the finalists in the seven categories of the 2016 Wine Communicator Awards.

The extended awards program is now in its 4th year. The Wine Communicator of the Year award was introduced in 2004 and the awards extended to enable WCA to celebrate the depth and diversity of wine communication in all of its forms.

Ten experienced and respected wine industry professionals have been selected to judge entries in six of the awards categories, with three panels each assessing two categories.

The New Wine Writer of the Year Award is judged independently by Gourmet Traveller WINE editor Judy Sarris, contributing editor Huon Hooke and WCA Deputy Chair Angie Bradbury.

The overall Wine Communicator of the Year award will then be chosen from the category winners by the WCA Board and announced at the awards night in Sydney on 8thNovember 2016.

WCA Chairman Angus Barnes said “we are thrilled with the diversity and calibre of entries this year. We received more than 50 entries across all seven categories and the feedback from the judges has been tremendous.”

The finalists for each category are:

Best Wine Book (Technical, Trade or Consumer)
Sponsored by: Calabria Family Wines

  • Tipsy
  • Paired: Champagne and Sparkling Wines
  • Kay Brothers: The first 125 years

Best Wine Publication (Technical, Trade or Consumer)
Sponsored by: Pernod Ricard

  • Gourmet Traveller Wine
  • Wine and Viticulture Journal
  • Explore Wine

Digital Wine Communicator of the Year
Sponsored by: drinks Association

  • Jane Thomson
  • Frank Brown
  • James Scarcebrook

Best Wine Website or Wine App

  • Gourmet Traveller Wine
  • Elderton Wines
  • St Hugo

Best Published Feature Articles or Wine Column
Sponsored by: Treasury Wine Estate

  • Ben Canaider
  • Jeni Port
  • Jane Faulkner

Best Wine Educator
Sponsored by: The Wine Society

  • Jenny Polack
  • David Roe
  • Alex Prichard

Best New Wine Writer Award
Sponsored by: Gourmet Traveller WINE

  • Fergal Gleeson
  • Josh Martin
  • Ben Moroney

Angus went on to say that “the judges were delighted to see such a broad representation of entries from long-established wine businesses to new individuals and brands helping to take the Australian wine message to the world.”

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