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Harpers at the Lanson awards

Published:  23 July, 2008

Excellence recognised

Harpers' contributors scooped three of the top awards at this year's Prix du Champagne Lanson presented to the Fourth Estate at The Institute of Directors on 22 May by Madame Mora, president of Champagne Lanson. John Stimpfig won The Black Label Award as wine writer of the year for his work in Financial Times, Giles Fallowfield won The Noble Cuve Award as Champagne writer of the year for articles in Harpers, Decanter and Wine & Spirit International, and Jim Budd won The Ivory Label Award for wine presentation for his work with Michael Schuster's Essential Winetasting won the book prize, completing a Liverpool-style hat trick of awards in 2001, and John Platter's 2001 South African Wine Guide was the wine guide of the year. The five winners received a travelling scholarship for 1,000, a trophy and 12 magnums of Lanson Vintage Champagne. Georges Alnot, managing director of Champagne Lanson, said that he was "impressed at the overall quality of the entries, especially in the Champagne and audio-visual sections. The standard of the journalism was particularly high." Alnot was joined on the judging panel by Laura Jewell MW of Sainsbury's, author and wine writer Stephen Brook, Gerald Duff of Unwins, author and broadcaster Charles Metcalfe, Rosemary George MW, chairman of the Circle of Wine Writers, and wine consultants David Molyneux-Berry MW and Pamela Gregory.