Awards and citations:

1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Thursday, 15 March 2012

2011 André Simon Memorial Award: Companion to Beer wins

Winner Garrett Oliver and David Gleave MW (this year's Drink Book assessor)

The 2011 André Simon Memorial Award for drink books has been awarded to The Oxford Companion to Beer edited by Garrett Oliver and published by Oxford University Press. The Companion has some 160 contributors. This is the 34th edition of the André Simon Memorial Award.

Garrett Oliver 

A special prize for presentation was awarded to The Finest Wines of Rioja and Northwest Spain by Jesús Barquín, Luis Gutiérrez and Víctor de la Serna with photos by Jon Wyand and published by Aurum Press. This is a particularly achievement as the book was written in English by three Spaniards.  

Jesús Barquín, Jon Wyand and Luis Gutiérrez 

Jon Wyand: the impeccably dressed photographer

Neil Beckett: the general editor and eminence grise behind the Finest series

The Food Book Award went to Dan Lepard's Short and Sweet published by Fourth Estate. The winner in each category receives a cheque for £2000 and each runner-up one for £250. 

Dan Lepard with the winning Short and Sweet, Julian Cotterell (chairman of the awards) and Xanthe Claythe 2011 Food Book Assessor  

Dan Lepard with his envelope and cheque

The shortlist:

Authentic Wine: Jamie Goode and Sam Harrop MW, University of California Press

In Search of Pinot Noir: Benjamin Lewin MW, Vendange Press

The Oxford Companion to Beer: Garrett Oliver, Oxford University Press

The Finest Wines of Rioja and Northwest Spain: Jesús Barquín, Luis Gutiérrez and Víctor de la Serna, Aurum Press.

Xanthe Clay announcing the food book award

Many congratulations to the winners as well as to all those shortlisted.

More text and photos to be added shortly.

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