WCA Update: 11 November 2016
The WCA Awards presentation was held this week at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney. Guests were treated to bountiful bubbles, mouth watering canapés and plenty of great conversation.
It has been an exciting year of judging, with the Wine Communicator or the Year being awarded to a business and not an individual. Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine were selected as this years winner by the WCA Board from the category winners, who this year are (from left to right above):
- Best Wine Book (trade, technical and consumer) – Tipsy (Award accepted by WCA EO, Lynda Schenk on behalf of Clare Burder)
- Best Wine Educator Award – Jenny Polack
- Digital Wine Communicator of the Year – Jane Thomson
- Best Wine Publication of the Year (trade, technical or consumer) – Gourmet Traveller WINE
- Best Wine Website or Wine App – Gourmet Traveller WINE
- Best New Wine Writer Award – Josh Martin
- Best Published Feature Articles or Wine Column – Ben Canaider (Award accepted by Alex Gilly, Engage Media - absent from photo)
- Wine Communicator or the Year - Gourmet Traveller WINE
Congratulations to all who participated in the 2016 WCA Awards, we are so very proud to have such outstanding talent in this great industry of wine.
We would also like to formally thank our 2016 WCA Awards sponsors:
- Event Partner - Riedel
- Calabria Family Wines
- Pernod Ricard Winemakers
- The Drinks Association
- The Wine Society
- Treasury Wine Estates
Our next webinar will be held, Tuesday, 29th November 1pm AEST. You will hear from industry expert, Ken Chan on Content Marketing.
"Content Marketing has become more than an industry buzzword – it’s now a core part of effective marketing plans. In this webinar, Senior Strategist for Dig+Fish, Ken Chan takes you through the foundations of building an effective and sustainable content marketing plan. From defining objectives and establishing processes, to creating content and measuring performance – you’ll learn about the core building blocks of effective content marketing."
Register today to learn more.
Wine Australia Export and Regional Wine Support Package $50M, presented by Andreas Clarke at their recent Export Update now made available. Click here to download the presentations.
Wine Australia are inviting the Australian grape and wine community to submit their ideas to help increase wine exports and inbound tourism to wine regions. To submit your idea's through the Survey Monkey link, before 9th December.
WCA congratulates Ben Hasko, Cru Wines for becoming the third Australian to complete the Master Sommelier examination. Read more here.
Other articles of interest
Here are a few interesting articles we found online:
Restaurant & Catering columnist Ben Canaider wins national wine-writing award (rca.asn.au)
Women dominate 2016 Wine Communicator Awards (drinkscentral.com.au)
Tier 2 cities, no longer a second thought (wineintelligence.com)
Nominees announced for new WSET Outstanding Alumni Award (thedrinksbusiness.com)
World wine prices — how does Australia compare? (foodprocessing.com.au)
The Macedon Ranges Wine and Food Festival, affectionately known as Budburst is being held 12th-13th November. Celebrate the buds bursting on a new vintage and have a taste of all our special wines. More information here.
Bicheno Food and Wine Festival, brings you up close and personal with leading local wine makers, chefs, food producers and gourmet trail blazers. being held Bicheno, Tasmania 19th November, for more information click here.