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28/10/2014

WVJ editor Sonya Logan named finalist in 2014 Wine Communicator Awards

A big congratulations to Wine & Viticulture Journal (WVJ) editor Sonya Logan who has been selected as a finalist in the 2014 Wine Communicator Awards for the ‘best trade technical writer’ category.

Logan has served the wine industry as a journalist and editor for more than 20 years and will be attending the awards night at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney, courtesy of Winetitles.

Two of the WVJ’s regular writers have also been nominated for the award – Cathy Howard and Tony Hoare.

“With the Wine & Viticulture Journal represented in three out of the four finalists, we’ve got a good chance of coming home a winner one way or the other,” Logan said.

The awards and their finalists (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Digital communicator of the year, sponsored by drinks association: Robyn Lewis, Dan Sims and Cake Wines
  • Best trade or technical wine writer, sponsored by FULLER: James Atkinson, Anthony Hoare, Cathy Howard and Sonya Logan
  • Best wine publication (trade or consumer), sponsored by Pernod Ricard Winemakers: Alquimie, Gourmet Traveller WINE and James Halliday’s Wine Companion
  • Best wine book (trade, technical or consumer), sponsored by Vintec: Barossa Shiraz — Discovering The Tastes Of The Barossa’s Regions by Thomas Girgensohn, The Champagne Guide by Tyson Stelzer and Spirit of the Swan – 180 Years of Winemaking in the Swan Valley by  Michael Zekulich
  • Best wine website or app, sponsored by vin65: Vinomofo, Winehound and Wineosphere
  • Best single feature article or wine column, sponsored by Treasury Wine Estates: Avril Lavigne et Le Vin Naturel by Daniel Honan, Last of his generation by Jeni Port, Tasting the feel by Jeremy Pringle and Let’s be Franc by Dan Traucki.

Angie Bradbury, WCA chair, said the expanded Wine Communicator Awards, now in its second year, attracted some outstanding entries from a wide array of writers, website designers, wineries, wine businesses and wine communicators.

“Our 12 judges across four judging panels put in a lot of thought and hard work to choose the finalists and all commented on the quality exhibited by those who entered,” she said.

“Choosing just three or four in each award hasn’t been easy but we believe we’ve found the examples that represent best practice, smart and innovative wine communication.

The judging panel for the awards included Paul Mabray, VinTank chief executive officer; Christopher Waters, Canadian wine writer and editor; Jane Thomson, current Digital Communicator of the Year; Peter Fuller, FULLER director; Anne Duncan, AGWA program manager; and WCA national board members, Louise Radman, Roger Sharp and Angus Barnes.

The Gourmet Traveller WINE/WCA new wine writer award, which will be announced separately later this week, was judged by editor Judy Sarris, contributing editor Huon Hooke, and Bradbury.

“I can’t wait for November 19 to announce the winners at our awards night – it’s a great night to come together and celebrate the outstanding contribution to, and excellence in, wine communication in all its forms,” Bradbury said.

The coveted Wine Communicator of the Year will also be announced at the awards night, with the winner selected from a list of winning finalists by the Wine Communicators of Australia Board.

Best of luck to all finalists!

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