Restaurant & Catering columnist Ben Canaider wins national wine-writing award


Alex Gilly receives the award from Carolyn Coon on behalf of winning columnist, Ben Canaider

Engage Media is thrilled to announce that Restaurant & Catering magazine columnist Ben Canaider has won the 2016 Wine Communicator Award for ‘Best Published Feature Articles or Wine Column’.

The award was presented at the Wine Communicators of Australia gala held on the 8th of November at the Four Seasons hotel, Sydney.

Ben was awarded the prestigious prize for three stories published in Restaurant & Catering magazine over 2015-16 financial year: ‘Fizz and festivity’ (November 2015), ‘Last of the summer wines’, (February 2016) and ‘Drink like a local’, (April 2016).

The award was presented by Carolyn Coon, Director, Global Communications for Treasury Wine Estates, which sponsored the award.

“Treasury Wine Estates congratulates Ben, who emerged from a very strong field to win the category of Best Feature Article or Wine Column of the Year,” said Ms Coon.

“The entries were the largest number we have received in the history of the Awards and the calibre of entries was fiercely high,” said Lynda Schenk, Executive Officer of Wine Communicators Australia. “The judges had their work cut out for themselves this year and we wish we could have picked more finalists and more than one winner per category, but unfortunately this can’t be the case. We wish to congratulate all the finalists and in particular each category winner.”

“Canaider’s voice beguiles like a subtle pinot noir; he can be as dry as an Amarone, as flattering as late-harvest Reisling, as sharp as tannin,” said Restaurant & Catering magazine editor, Alex Gilly. “Clearly a man who enjoys drinking and writing in equal measure, Canaider’s joy is palpable in every sentence he writes.”

“As a talentless typist and a thoughtless career drinker of wine I’d like to apologise to the judges of the WCA for this error,” writes Ben. “It’s not their fault. The blame sheets home to Engage Media, who put me up for this. Then again I cannot but thank Engage Media enough for their commissions and regular invoice payments. Over 15 years their supremo—Rob Johnson—has always respected words and writerly style and the tone and mood that might result. I’m undeserving of this award; it should go entirely the people at Engage Media. I just ponce qwewrtily away; they work with real endeavour and purpose. My thanks goes to the WCA for bringing attention to such independent media companies.”

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