“Money, Taste & Wine” Honored as 2016 “Best in the World” Wine Writing


My new book Money, Taste, and Wine: It’s Complicated received this  year’s prize for “Best in the World” Wine Writing from Gourmand at the awards ceremony in Yantai, China on May 28, 2016.

My University of Puget Sound colleague Prof. Pierre Ly (shown above) accepted the award on my behalf, speaking in both English and Chinese. Pierre is in China lecturing and gathering material for the book that he and Cynthia Howson are writing about the Chinese wine industry.

Congratulations to all the winners, especially Gerard Bertrand (Le Vin à la belle étoile) and Andrea Zanfi (Prosecco on the Road) for best wine book and Suzanne Mustacich for best digital wine book (Thirsty Dragon).gourmand

Congratulations and a personal shout-out to Beate Joubert. Her book Taste of the Little Karoo won the “best in the world” bronze medal in the Local Cuisine cookbook category. We had a delicious lunch at Beate’s restaurant at the Joubert-Tradauw winery in Barrydale when we visited South Africa. Her husband Meyer and son Andreas are featured in the final chapter of Money, Taste, and Wine.

Thanks to Gourmand International for this honor. Thanks to my publisher Rowman & Littlefied and my editor Susan McEachern their valuable contributions to Money, Taste, and Wine. Special thanks to Pierre Ly for teaching me so much and representing me at the awards ceremony and to Édouard Cointreau for his encouragement and support.

14 responses

  1. Considering the high quality of the other nominees in the competition, you deserve to feel smug, and preen your feathers. This feeling will last until someone asks, “So Mike, what’s your next book about?”
    Enjoy the moment. You earned it.

  2. Mike,

    Congratulations on your award. I am headed to Cape Town in a couple of weeks. Will ping you for some recommendations.

    Jim Brown ’78

  3. Congratulations Mike! Well-deserved I’m sure, by chance do you know where in the SF Bay Area I can buy a copy? I could not make it to New York again this year, did you attend again?

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