International wine maestro’s and Pinot Noir 2010 speakers, Oz Clarke and Tim Atkin MW, have both been recognised at the prestigious Louis Roederer 2009 International Wine Writers’ Awards. The annual awards were announced in London on September 7.
Oz Clarke, raconteur, TV personality and acclaimed author received the Louis Roederer Award for best International Wine Book and Tim Atkin MW has been named best International Wine Columnist.
Among the judges of this year’s awards was wine writer Andrew Jefford – another Pinot Noir 2010 speaker and panelist.
“It’s great to see Oz and Tim honoured in this way,” said Pinot Noir 2010 Chairman Alastair Maling MW.
“It is also testimony to the significance of Pinot Noir 2010 that both of them as well as Andrew Jefford are making their way to New Zealand in February next year,” he said.
Oz Clarke will be part of the panel which, on the last day of Pinot Noir 2010, will look to benchmark New Zealand Pinot alongside some of the great Pinots from Oregon, Burgundy, California and Australia.
Tim Atkin MW and Andrew Jefford join a panel which looks to explore the character of our Pinot Noir grown using biodynamic or organic production philosophies.
“Pinot Noir 2010 brings together a stellar cast of internationally renowned speakers our top 100+ producers and through a combination of formal and informal tastings exposes our wines to some of the best palates and wine minds in the world.
“This, combined with some of our finest cuisine and home grown entertainment makes Pinot Noir 2010 a not-to-be-missed occasion,” says Alastair.
Other international speakers include, Leslie Sbrocco, Simon Tam, James Halliday, Jonathan Butt, Evan Goldstein MS, Jamie Goode and more.