Monday 2 December 2013

Veritas Young Wine Writers Competition 2013

So, if you haven't heard yet, I am delighted to say that I was awarded 2nd place in the Veritas Young Wine Writers Competition! :)

The prize giving was held at Degrendel Wine Farm in Durbanville last week Monday, 25 November 2013, where several glasses of the cool climate Sauvignon Blanc and unreleased Chardonnay, were thoroughly enjoyed by myself and Marthelize Tredoux (the winner).

I was ecstatic to receive an email from Veritas a couple weeks ago, inviting me to join the prize giving function, with flights paid for from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Any chance to spend time in the Cape Winelands is much appreciated! Just imagine my surprise when my name was announced as the runner up to the competition? Absolute bonus! I don't think I stopped smiling and it was great to meet some wonderful people in the wine industry. 

To enter the competition, an article on one of the following two subjects had to be written:

  • What role does wine play in everyday life?
  • Describe the difference between wines to be enjoyed as 'quaffers' and wines that do justice to certain cuisine.
As well as a blog on:
  • What is the most unusual wine you have tasted and why?

Below is a link to my entries, which I will be posting to my blog shortly: 

To my international readers, or those of you perhaps not familiar with Veritas, here is a link to their website as well as a brief description of the organisation below:

The Veritas Awards is the longest running and most prestigious wine competition in South Africa and is synonymous with excellence in wine. The organisers, the South African National Wine Show Association (SANWSA), represents the full spectrum of the industry. 
After almost two decades the Veritas Awards has earned its reputation as one of South Africa’s most authoritative and credible competitions for market ready wines. The Awards with its coveted Veritas emblem, has become synonymous with top quality wines. The results are trusted implicitly when international as well as local wine buyers use them to assist in their buying decisions and also when the ordinary wine lover simply selects a bottle from the shelf to enjoy with dinner.

So I will end off by saying that I will definitely be entering the competition again next year, although this time I will be gunning for 1st position! :)

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