Miquel Hudin has won the Drink Writer of the Year title at the annual Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards for his contributions to The World of Fine Wine and Jancisrobinson.com.

Upon hearing the news, Miquel said, “Most every wine writer I know is always entering various contests and I'm sure we always do it with the realization that there are a lot of good writers out there and you probably won't be chosen. But the feeling when you are is a genuine shock and surprise, and for me it was fantastic that I was also given this award for my debut article with World of Fine Wine, for which I look forward to writing more in the future.” The WFW article that assisted Miquel in his win was “Catalonian Vi Ranci: The Finesse of Rancid Wine” (WFW54, December 2016).

The awards were hosted by Ewan Venters, CEO of Fortnum & Mason, Claudia Winkleman, and Hugh Bonneville. Because Miquel was honoring long-standing commitments overseas, he was unable to attend the ceremony, held in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason on London’s Piccadilly on Thursday, May 11, so WFW digital writer Katherine Houston accepted on his behalf.

Miquel is based in Catalonia in Spain and has authored several books in his Vinologue series where his most recently released title is Georgia: A Guide to the Cradle of Wine, which won the Geoffrey Roberts Award in 2016. Miquel’s website Wine on VI is a subsection of Vinologue and was a finalist in the annual Millésima Blog Awards. He also contributes to a number of other wine publications, including Decanter.

Hugh Johnson OBE, WFW editorial advisor, was highly commended for his book Hugh Johnson on Wine in the Drink Book category, won by Pete Brown for The Pub.

From left: Claudia Winkleman, Katherine Houston and Ewan Venters during the ceremony, Thursday May 11, 2017

The awards are now in their fifth year and have already established themselves as one of the most prestigious and exclusive events on the calendar, celebrating the very best writers, publishers, presenters, image makers, and personalities currently working in the food and drink industry.

"I am incredibly proud that, in just our fifth year, the Food and Drink Awards are already one of the most prestigious events in the foodie calendar," said Venters.

Venters oversees the panel of independent judges who select winners in 12 categories, assessing the candidates’ work in terms of professional skill and sound judgment in their contributions to appreciating good food and drink. This year, the judging panel included Susy Atkins, Ryan Chetiyawardana, Florence Knight, Will Lyons, Dan Saladino, and Marcus Wareing. Shortlists were released earlier in the year, with approximately three potential winners for each category.

The evening attracts some of the biggest names in the foodie scene, including Simon King and Dave Myers (‘The Hairy Bikers’), Mary Berry, Stanley Tucci, Michel Roux Jr, and many more.