At a glamorous affair attended by the world’s most revered wine writers at the Royal Academy of Arts, local journalist Malu Lambert was honoured with the title of Montblanc Emerging Wine Writer of the Year Award 2019.
The entries for the 15th annual Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards were praised variously by judges as “well researched”, “beautifully written”, “absolutely brilliant” and “thought-provoking”. As Charles Metcalfe, the chairman of the judges, noted “each year I think the entries must be as good as it gets, but each year it gets better”.
The entries were judged by a panel of esteemed industry heavyweights, the panel comprised a mix of previous winners, journalists, editors and picture editors, who spent hours debating and assessing the over 600 entries.
Malu was up against stiff competition from writers hailing from California, Australia, Amsterdam and Denver. She won the judges over with her emotive piece on JancisRobinson.com on Clairette Blanche in South Africa (read it here). www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/clairette-a-rising-star
When asked what the award means to her Malu says:
“Everything! I am beyond happy to be recognised by the most prestigious wine writing awards in the world! In my early twenties I worked as a waiter to pay for my studies, and continued to do so when I started writing for a magazine—worked all night, wrote all day! I have pushed myself and took many, many leaps of faith. To be recognised like this makes it all so worthwhile.
The outpouring of support from the industry at large in the wake of the award has truly moved me, what an incredible industry we have and I am so proud to bring this award home for us.”
Read some of Malu’s work here:
Featued image taken by Georgia East