Fridjhon wins coveted International Columnist of the Year award

Date posted:
September 25, 2012

Michael Fridjhon, who writes for Business Day, has won the coveted International Wine Columnist of the Year category at the 2012 Roederer Awards in London sponsored by Champagne Louis Roederer.


The judges of the Roederer Awards announced the winners of all 9 categories at a glittering ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel on Park Lane in London. The presentation was attended by wine writers, journalists, artists, members of the wine trade and publishers from around the world. 


Entries in 2012 from international writers were up by a third and the book category was huge, adding to the judges’ already heavy workload!


The winners in 2012 are:


Category 1 - The Artistry of Wine Award  2012

-          Colin Hampden-White


Category 2 - Emerging Wine Writer of the Year 2012

-          Erika Szymanski for


Category 3 - Online Wine Columnist / Blogger of the Year 2012

-          Andrew Jefford for


Category 4 - International Wine Website of the Year 2012

-          Peter Liem for


Category 5 - International Wine Publication of the Year 2012

The World of Fine Wine Johanna Wilson, Publisher, and Dr. Neil Beckett, Editor

Category 6 - Regional Wine Writer of the Year 2012

-          Tom Bruce-Gardyne Articles from The Glasgow Herald


Category 7 - International Wine Book of the Year 2012

-          Summer in a Glass Evan Dawson


Category 8 - International Wine Columnist of the Year 2012

-          Michael Fridjhon Columns from Business Day, South Africa


Category 9 - International Wine Feature Writer of the Year 2012

-          John Stimpfig The Financial Times How to Spend It


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