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23/03/2015

Tyson Stelzer wins communicator of the year

Tyson Stelzer, award-winning wine writer and author of 14 wine books, has been announced as a joint winner of The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) communicator of the year, together with wine author and American restaurateur, Joseph Bastianich.

For the first time in the history of the competition; the judges couldn’t separate the two nominees, so the decision was taken to award the communicator trophy to both candidates.

Announced at the fair’s opening Gala Dinner in Verona on Saturday, the annual award highlights an individual who demonstrates exceptional contribution to increasing awareness of wine and/or spirits.

Stelzer, who is also an active campaigner against teen alcohol abuse, said the award will give him a greater voice to tell the remarkable stories of wine and Champagne, while furthering the cause of saving under-age teens from alcohol abuse.

“It is a tremendous honour to be awarded the International Wine & Spirit Communicator of the Year, yet as a communicator I am but a voice for the great stories of the world of wine, and the true honour is deserved by those to whom these stories belong,” he said.

Commenting on his joint win, Bastianich said he was honoured to have been nominated, and to have won the award which has seen a succession of big names in the industry over the years.

“This year, the satisfaction increases by sharing the prize with a communicator with the calibre of Tyson Stelzer, a great joy,” he said.

As the joint 20th recipients of the award, both Stelzer and Bastianich join the IWSC hall of fame of past winners, including; last year’s winner TV wine expert and writer Jane Parkinson, whisky specialist Dave Broom, wine critic Jancis Robinson MW and wine writer and presenter Olly Smith.

Ewan Lacey, IWSC General Manager, said both Stelzer and Bastianich were worthy winners.

“They both have very different achievements in the drinks industry and are leaders in their field,” Lacey said. “I’d like to personally congratulate them on becoming our first joint IWSC Communicators of the Year.”

Tyson will be hosting a tasting at Vinitaly; ‘The Wine Closure debate, Same Wines, Different Closures, You Decide’ at Tasting Ex..Press, Sala Iris, Palaexpo, Ingresso A1, on Monday 23rd March at 3:30pm.


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