Meike and Dörte Näkel by David Weimann for Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020

Last night the prestigious wine photography awards category of the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020 were announced.

The awards ceremony is an annual event that draws 400 food and wine industry people to the Mall Galleries where the photographs of winners and runners up are exhibited. In previous years Champagne Taittinger and Errazuriz ensure that all the glasses are charged as the awards are announced by celebrity guests.

This year, with the world in lockdown, the event went ahead via live stream on the web and was a great success. Although anticipated as a compromise on having a live event, it was actually great fun and people watching chimed in on the comments section.

Hopefully, the organisers will consider doing some sort of annual live event in parallel to any physical awards ceremonies once the pandemic has passed. The wine industry, along with many others, has been hugely successful in pivoting online with industry, educational and entertainment focussed content building in what is likely to be an irreversible trend.

Caroline Kenyon, Founder/Director of the Awards said, “The world is in the grip of Covid19 and normal life, whatever that may be, has stopped for all of us. But photos such as these remind us of the ways and cultural habits that mean so much to us and bind us together. We are all the same.”

 2nd Erraz Produce Matt Wilson Wine Thief Delicacy
Matt Wilson, Chile, Wine Thief Delicacy for Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020

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Runners Up:

Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year (Places) 2nd Jon Wyand, UK, Late Afternoon in March, Vallée des Vaux Côte Chalonnaise

Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year (Places) 3rd LM Archer, USA, Patrimoine

Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year (Produce) 2nd Matt Wilson, Chile, Wine Thief Delicacy

Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year (Produce) 3rd Andrew Barrow, UK, Wine and Cheese

Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year (People) 2nd John Carey, UK, Michael the Wine Man in the Pie Room

Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year (People) 3rd Marina Spironetti, Italy, Time to Meditate

Chair of the Judges was the internationally-renowned food photographer David Loftus.

This year his panel included Magui Chadwick, Family Ambassador, Vina Errazuriz & Vina Sena; Patrick Grabham, Art Director, Decanter Magazine; Anthea Loucas Bosha, CEO, Food & Wine Victoria; Joanna Simon, wine writer; Joe Wadsack, Celebrity Drinks Expert; Vitalie Taittinger, President, Champagne Taittinger. Chris Dee, Director, Food & Home, Harrods; Per-Anders Jorgensen, Photographer and Founder, Fool Magazine; Josh Lustig, Picture Editor, Financial Times Weekend Magazine.

3rd Prize: Andrew Barrow, Wine and Cheese - Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year
3rd Prize: Andrew Barrow, Wine and Cheese - Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year

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Last week a picture was posted on Twitter of vines in Shabo, a large estate that lies to the west of Odesa on southern Ukraine’s Black Sea coastline. The image seemed benign at face value but the reality, of course, is that the city of Odesa has been bracing itself for attack by Russian forces. 


As COVID-19 conspires with the grimmest of winds and rain to force a societal retreat behind our own front doors, the word ennui springs to mind. The muddle of displeasure is pierced when Natalia hands me a large bulbous glass of a liquid I do not recognise.



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On the eve of Britain’s official departure from the EU, my partner and I decided to explore a small town on the Italian Riviera where thewintry cold doesn’t feel so much like cold war bite.

I had warned my significant other that I would be having an inverse departure party, a release of the sanity valve if you like!


Sitting inside the ancient castle walls inside the town of Soave, a short drive from Verona in northern Italy, the unique slightly almond aroma of the indigenous grape, Garganega, rises gently from my glass. The castle sprawls up the side of an extinct volcano that gives the region its variant soil structures that mark out the better quality of Soave wines.


Tanisha Townsend decided to move to Paris 4 years ago after regularly passing through the city en route to the world’s most famous vineyards. In fact, it was about 2 years ago at the Printemps de Champagne Bouzy Rouge tasting in Reims that I saw (who we shall now refer to as) GirlMeetsGlass chirpily speaking to her web followers on Snapchat.


The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of Saint James, rises out of the landscape, infested with antiquity. The rambling steep streets give way to shafts of dramatic light, emblazoned chapels, and tightly packed tapas bars, dusty, as old novels pressed together in antiquarian bookshops.


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