We couldn’t have been more thrilled with the standard and number of entries for this year’s GT WINE/WCA New Wine Writer Award.
Finalist Danni Chang is a health professional and wine enthusiast from Melbourne who recently achieved her WSET 2. A holiday around France proved the natural catalyst for spring boarding into the world of wine. Giving her a perfect score, Huon Hooke declared that her article ‘Campaigning for Champagne in the 21st Century’ was “outstanding in every way. She is a professional”.
Second finalist, Olivia Evans is manager and sommelier at Fleet Restaurant in Brunswick Heads. After six years working in wine, she’s grown to appreciate it as a reflection of agriculture. Judge Angie Bradbury had high praise for her article ‘Bryan, a Beer and Bushfires’. “It was really emotive and engaging.”
Our third finalist and well-deserving winner of this year’s award is Zachary Phillips who graduated from university after studying classics and ancient history. He then discovered wine was more fun and has been working in independent retail in Sydney since 2013. His story ‘The Characters’ scored top marks from the judges, with Hooke saying, “A great piece: original, thoughtful, observant, entertaining and well written. What more could we want”?
Read the winning article here.