WCA Update August 2021
Starting on a positive note, congratulations to the winners of the 2022 James Halliday Wine Companion Awards. While there were some familiar names, there were also some exciting new entries. As usual, the finalists showcase the wonderful diversity – both regional and stylistically – that the Australian wine community delivers.
Andrew Stark 🍷
Whilst on the subject of awards, but less positively, we continue to plan for the Royal Adelaide and Sydney Royal Wine Show lunches but clearly are having to assess this as the Covid situation develops. We will keep you all informed as more information comes to hand; be assured that health and safety are our primary concerns so will only hold the lunches if we can do so safely. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and ongoing support.
Wine Communicators has several programmes running to help build skills in the industry. The first is the Wine Industry Mentor Programme, which is nearing its halfway stage. Feedback so far is overwhelmingly positive. It’s wonderful to have the privilege to make a difference to the wine careers of the participants, so I wanted to once again take the opportunity to thank the mentors and the programme partners for their support in making this possible.
Additionally, we’ve just closed applications for the 2021 SA Wine Media Cadet. This is focused on fast-tracking the career of a wine story-teller and is therefore close to our hearts. A huge thank you to the Great Wine Capitals programme for its support in helping to making this happen. Watch this space for news of this year’s winner over the next few weeks.
Don’t forget to put your entry in for the prestigious Wine Communicator Awards, which will be closing over the next few weeks. Click here for entry details.
Finally, in recent days we sent a link to WCA Members to participate in a survey. We’re always looking for ways to deliver even more value to members, so we appreciate your feedback on what you’d like to see more of from us. There’s a mixed dozen and an annual subscription up for grabs for one lucky participant, so have your voice heard!
WCA Executive Officer