Veritas Young Wine Writer 2013

Yes. Well. It seems that would be me.

In a wildly unexpected turn of events, I seemed to have won a competition I entered on a whim. Entrants were required to write an 800-word article on one of two topics. Either The role of wine in everyday life or Describe the difference between wines to be enjoyed as ‘quaffers’ and wine that do justice to certain cuisine. A 200-word blog post on the most unusual wine ever encountered was also a requirement.

The press release announcing the winner and runner up is here.

My original entries, written in Afrikaans, can be read here. And the runner-up, Ricardo Gouveia’s entry is here.

Apart from the obvious thanks that, in melodramatic award-winning style, goes out to my constant and regular support network of family, boyfriend, friends and an assortment of Tweeps, special thanks is owed to two people:

Nicolette Waterford (@NWaterford) for bringing my attention to the competition and encouraging me to enter, and @bigbigjoe1 for generously providing me with the Joostenberg Long & Late which was my inspiratonal “most unusual wine”.

I’ve had a few requests to translate my entries into English. I’ve done so and will post them separately in the next two posts.

Permit me a last moment of blushing, giddy excitement and gratitude to the judges, sponsors and organizers. The announcement left me speechless and anyone who knows me even a little bit will realize that takes some doing…