This must have been the third or fourth time I’ve entered, not as an Online Communicator (sponsored by Ramos Pinto) or even as an Emerging Wine Writer but under the Artistry of Wine category. I loitered at the back of the hall, enjoying the Louis Roederer champagne and the company of my guest (well I had to have SOMEONE to talk to) and enjoying a rather good range of canapés. After the opening speaches the winners were announced. And bugger me if it wasn’t my name projected up on the screen as the winner.
Yep, little old me is now the holder Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2015 Roederer Artistry of Wine Award. I get a rather nice brass(?) trophy with my name engraved on a little plaque, which was a touch tricky to carry home on the pedal bike.
I have no idea who the other category winners were, even though we were corralled on to the stage for a group shot. I was preoccupied trying to send a photo of the trophy to twitter and facebook, but the phone battery was so low it just wasn’t playing.
I’ve been asked to show the photos that I submitted. You are asked to send four to be judged, they all have to have been published somewhere. One was printed out and displayed on an easel, which I guess is the ‘winning’ image. In my case it was the orange tiled concrete tanks (from Juve I Camps winery in Cava country, Spain). The others are a broom and wine rack in Chablis, a Bordeaux barrel cellar and the stainless steel tanks at Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, also Bordeaux.
Thanks to everyone for their congratulations across the various social streams and direct messages. The images are below.
Louis Roederer Artistry of Wine Award 2015 – winning photos
All four photographs are available to buy.