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

Monday, 10 September 2012

Alan Lodge International Young Spirits Writer of the Year Award launched

Alan Lodge, who died suddenly in February aged 29 

From Patrick Schmitt, The Drinks Business:

The first ever award for spirits writers under the age of 35 has been officially launched in memory of Alan Lodge, news and website editor of the drinks business, who died tragically in February this year, aged 29.

The award, conceived by ourselves and friends of Alan, is designed to reward able young writers worldwide who have a passion for spirits.

It was inspired by the urge to celebrate Alan’s journalist talent and the realisation that although there are awards for wine and beer scribes, there is no international award for those who write about spirits.

We have recruited a totally independent team to judge the entries, while Ardbeg, Alan’s favourite Scotch, has kindly agreed to support the award, offering £1,000 in prize money for the winner and an all expenses paid trip to the Ardbeg distillery.

The award is free to enter and submissions must be published in English either in print or online between September 2011 and September this year.

Up to four entries can be submitted and should reach us by 28 September. Please email them to with the subect box heading: “Alan Lodge International Young Spirits Writer of the Year Award”.

The winner will be announced at The Spirits Masters Awards lunch in central London on Tuesday 20 November, where the winner will (we hope) attend as our guest.

For further information please contact Daisy Jones, associate publisher, The Spirits Business on + 44 (0) 20 7803 2452 or email

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