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

Sunday, 23 December 2012

2012 André Simon shortlist for drink books announced

André Simon: 1877-1970 

 Wine Grapes weighs in@3.074 kilos
There are five drinks books shortlisted this year for the André Simon Memorial Awards. The winner will be announced on 14th March 2013. The winner receives £2000, while those shortlisted each gets £200.

Brunello di Montalcino by Kerin O'Keefe published by University of California Press

How to Love Wine by Eric Asimov published by William Morrow

Pomerol by Neal Martin published by Wine-Journal Publishing (self-published)

Sherry, Manzanilla & Montilla by Peter Liem & Jesús Barquín published by Manutius

Wine Grapes by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding, Dr José Vouillamoz published by Penguin Books 

The shortlist was drawn up by the trustees who include Julian Cotterell (chairman) Nick Lander, Sarah Jane Evans MW and David Gleave MW and the 2012 drinks book assessor Harry Eyres. David Gleave MW has replaced John Avery MW, who died earlier this year. As Lander is Mr Jancis Robinson he was not involved in the part of the discussion involving Wine Grapes. 

Although there was a stronger group of drinks books published this year, it will still be a major surprise if the blockbuster Wine Grapes does not win. 

The late John Avery MW at the 2011 André Simon Awards 

David Gleave MW  



Lalau said...

Don't see how wine grapes could not win - Heavy weight - doesn't box in the same category.

Happy xmas to you and slainthe.

Jim Budd said...

I agree Hervé. Difficult to see any other winner although there are some good books here.

Happy Christmas


Ian S said...

I'm glad Jancis got a nomination... she'll now be able to afford a copy of her own book ;¬)

... and it if she wins, then she'll be able to afford to post it home!

Seriously though, it's great (and a little surprising) to think that a book of that size still makes commercial sense. Indeed there have been a few significant tomes in recent years, and what with WofFW series, it's been a good couple of years for readers on the subject of wine.