Two Australians announced as finalists in global wine communicator awards

Australian wine writer Nick Ryan. Photo: Matt Turner

67 Pall Mall, a private members’ wine club operating in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Verbier, has announced the finalists for its inaugural Global Wine Communication Awards, which includes Australian writers Nick Ryan and Ed Merrison.

The international judging panel whittled 642 entries down to a maximum of five finalists in each category.

“The quality of submissions was so high, we struggled to determine finalists,” said chair of judges Elaine Chukan Brown. “It has given me even greater enthusiasm for the future of wine communication to work through the various submissions. I am proud to be part of the effort and very proud to announce the finalists.”

Founder of the awards, Richard Hemming MW, who is head of wine, Asia for 67 Pall Mall said that the awards received a total of 642 entries from 223 entrants, across 23 countries.

“While the UK and the US comprised almost two-thirds of entries, there were sizeable contributions from Australia, France, South Africa, Singapore, Italy, New Zealand and Canada,” said Hemming. “Entries had been published on platforms including Instagram, Spotify, YouTube, TikTok, Substack and dozens of publications from personal blogs to national newspapers.”

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony in London on Friday, September 6th 2024. Individual entries from each finalist can be found at

Finalists for the 67 Pall Mall Global Wine Communicator Awards:

Best Wine Communicator in Audio

  • Nicholas Toole, United States
  • Brenna Quigley, United States
  • Peter Richards, United Kingdom
  • Samantha Cole-Johnson, United States
  • Barbara Drew, United Kingdom

Best Wine Communicator in Short-Form Video

  • Tom Gilbey, United Kingdom
  • Jono Le Feuvre, South Africa
  • Henna Bakshi, United States
  • Brooke Martin, United States
  • Alessandra Mastrantonio, United Kingdom

Best Wine Communicator in Long-Form Video

  • Agnese Gintere, Latvia
  • Emma Saclier Di Gregorio, France
  • Peter Richards, United Kingdom
  • Vincent Anter, United States
  • André Hueston Mack, United States

Best Wine Communicator in Short-Form Writing

  • Matt Walls, United Kingdom
  • Sophie Thorpe, United Kingdom
  • Tom Hewson, United Kingdom
  • Nick Ryan, Australia
  • Henry Jeffreys, United Kingdom

The Gusbourne Estate Award for Long-Form Writing

  • Ed Merrison, Australia
  • Malu Lambert, South Africa
  • Henna Bakshi, United States
  • Farrah Berrou, Lebanon
  • Arnica Rowan, Canada

The Berkmann Award for Best All-Round Communicator (across all three disciplines)

  • Barbara Drew, United Kingdom
  • Amanda Barnes, Argentina
  • Samantha Cole-Johnson, United States

The awards are free to enter, and the other judges were Isis Daniel, Konstantin Baum MW, Olly Smith, Natalie Wang, and Max Allen.

“Earning a living from wine communication may not be getting any easier, but the standard of entries we received in our first year of the competition is testament to the quality and diversity of wine communication around the world,” said Hemming.

“Hundreds of people continue to dedicate themselves to the craft; the 67 Pall Mall Global Wine Communicator Awards is our way of celebrating everyone that keeps wine communication in the prime of life.”

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