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Jancis’ Website Wins Roederer Award

Posted: Wednesday, 15 September 2010 14:58

Jancis’ Website Wins Roederer Award

The official wine website of the well- known English author and wine journalist Jancis Robinson MW  has been voted International Wine Website of the Year 2010 at the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards announced in London on Monday.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have been voted International Wine Website of the Year 2010 in last night's Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards announced at the top of the bulbous skyscraper in the City of London known as The Gherkin,’ says the website of the top UK wine critic and writer, internationally known for compiling and editing the famous ‘Bible’, ‘Oxford Companion to Wine’ and her journalistic excellence.

Although the website  known for its Purple Pages has managed to keep itself a subscription-based paid site like Robert Parker’s, it does include some interesting articles which have loads of free information for the wine novices and buffs alike.

One of the articles which was posted for free viewing on her website at the same time as
Indian Wine Academy website was the one penned by Angelo Gaja, reflecting on the state of affairs of Italian wines today and the steps that ought to be taken.

‘Mad Man of Barbaresco Angelo Gaja has just sent me the following Cri de Coeur entitled 'The Crisis and World Markets Hobble Italian Agriculture'… but probably more accurately reflects the current state of the Italian wine market (see Italian wine prices plummet, Minister unconcerned). I assume, perhaps wrongly, that the non-100% 'Italian' products to which he refers so disdainfully are what make up most of the ocean of 'Pinot Grigio' exported from Italy - presumably based on white wine imported into Italy and made thoroughly eGrigious (her way of making ‘egregious’ witty),’ she writes in the same article titled as ‘Gaja Rails against Italian Wine.’

Feeling proud of the recognition Jancis thanks the judges, organisers and the readers for their support and encouragement and says it's great to have all the efforts noticed and appreciated.

If the strong short-list for this award, featuring Tom Cannavan's, Jamie Goode's and Gabriella Opaz's  feels British, it mostly is (Gabriella runs it from Barcelona)! But as everyone knows, UK may not have been a producer of recognition (though things have been changing at a pace swifter than in India) but they have been one of the world’s biggest consumers of wine for centuries and consequently wine writing has emanated from there.

Here is the list of some of the other winners who also appear to be from UK (these international awards remind one of the infamous World Series in the field of various sports in the US), according to her website.

International Wine Feature Writer of the Year 2010
John Stimpfig (FT - How to Spend it magazine)

International Wine Columnist of the Year 2010
Andrew Jefford (Decanter and Waitrose Food Illustrated)

International Wine Book of the Year 2010
Michael Edwards (The Finest Wines of Champagne)
Regional Wine Writer of the Year 2010
Tom Bruce-Gardyne (The Saturday Herald)

International Wine Publication of the Year 2010
Neil Beckett & Sara Morley (The World of Fine Wine)

International Online Wine Columnist/ Blogger of the Year 2010
Simon Woods (

Emerging Wine Writer of the Year 2010
Rebecca Gibb (

Subhash Arora

September 15, 2010

Tag: Jancis Robinson


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