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Published:  23 July, 2008

Harpers' contributing editor Neil Beckett was named the Lanson Champagne Writer of the Year (The Noble Cuve Brut Award) last week for articles published in the Harpers Champagne Supplement (March 2004). In the opinion of the judges, Neil's articles showed a good grasp of the serious subject matter, written in an accessible style. The articles were well-researched, well-pitched and just right for the trade.' Other winners included Observer wine writer and ex-Harpers editor Tim Atkin, who was named Wine Writer of the Year at both the Glenfiddich Food & Drink Awards and the Lanson Awards (the Black Label Award). Also at the Lanson awards, Simon Woods won the Wine Book of the Year for I Don't Know Much About Wine... But I Know What I Like (Mitchell Beazley). Hamish Marett-Crosby won Wine Presentation of the year for his radio series on BBC Radio Jersey The Empire Strikes Back'. Oz Clarke's Pocket Wine Book 2004 (Time Warner) was named Annual Wine Guide of the Year, and Christine Austin was named Regional Wine Writer of the Year for articles published in the Yorkshire Post. At the Glenfiddich Awards, Best Drink Book went to spirits specialist Dave Broom for Rum (Mitchell Beazley). The Drink/Bar Writer Award went to Roger Protz for work in the Guardian and What's Brewing. Guy Dimond as awarded the prize for Best Restaurant Critic for reviews in Time Out London, and he also picked up the Glenfiddich Trophy as most outstanding category winner. GQ/Glenfiddich Food & Drink Personality of the Year was Heston Blumenthal, chef/proprietor of the Fat Duck. Randolph Hodgson, owner of Neal's Yard Dairy, won the Independent Spirit Award.