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Published:  23 July, 2008

Harpers' editor and several leading contributors were honoured at the 2002 Le Prix du Champagne Lanson awards, held at The Royal Thames Yacht Club on 21 May. Tim Atkin MW won the Lanson Wine Writer of the Year Award for his work in Harpers and The Observer, Margaret Rand won the Wine Book of the Year Award for Grapes and Wines, co-written with Oz Clarke, and Anthony Rose was named Champagne Writer of the Year for articles in The Independent and WINE Magazine. The other two awards went to Andrew Jefford, Paul Kobrak, V Venema and L Reynolds (Wine Presentation of the Year for Audio/Visual work for BBC Radio Four's Liquid Companion') and Oz Clarke (Annual Wine Guide Award for his 2002 Wine Guide on CD-Rom). Atkin's articles across the two titles were described by the judges as well researched and written, erudite and clearly aimed at their target audiences'. His pieces, they added, drew the reader in' and were not afraid to be controversial'. They were also wide-ranging and informative and written in an accessible style'. The awards were presented by Georges Alnot, managing director of Lanson Pre et Fils, who was one of the judges. The other judges were Rosemary George MW, chairman of the Circle of Wine Writers; Charlotte Hey, publisher, The Drinks Business; David Molyneux-Berry MW, wine consultant; Peter Nixson, wine and spirit development manager, British Airways; Mike Paul, managing director, Western Wines; journalist John Stimpfig; and Debbie Tomlinson, director of trading, wines and spirits, Bass Brewers. The winners were each presented with a cheque for 1,000 and a case of magnums of Vintage Lanson Champagne.