Bonne Chance, Jean Smullen!

Jean Smullen on short list for IWSC award

Jean Smullen is one of five international wine journalists to be shortlisted for the IWSC Wine Communicator of the Year 2013 award.  The award is given to the individual who the industry panel decides has contributed the most to consumer communication about wine or spirits.   Previous winners include Hugh Johnson, Jancis Robinson MW, Matthew Jukes Tim Atkins MW and Oz Clarke.

In Ireland Jean Smullen proffers her expertise through organising various wine events, shows and tastings,  through her performances in radio and TV shows: Newstalk’s Movies & Booze, RTE Afternoon Show, in the printed media: Sunday World, Prudence, Retail News and through the new media channels, not least with her Wine Diary...

Jean is a ubiquitous presence in the Irish and International Wine Trade, having started her wine career more than 20 years ago in the Wine Development Board.   She excels in communication disciplines spanning all aspects of Marketing, PR and Journalism.  This nomination is a very fitting accolade for one who has, and continues, to dispense her unstinting energy promoting knowledge and understanding of the wines of world to an ever increasing audience of wine consumers, both at home and on the world stage, as you can see from the nominees’ shortlist below, she is in very good company:

IWSC Communicator of the Year 2013 Shortlist:
Eric Asimov - Wine critic New York Times (USA)
Dave Broom - Award-winning author and whisky expert (UK)
Arto Koskelo - Writer, presenter, director (Finland)
Jean Smullen - Wine journalist, broadcaster and consultant (Ireland)
Jan Petersen - Wine journalist, broadcaster, lecturer and photographer (Sweden)
Richard Paterson - Whyte & Mackay Partner (Scotland)

The winner will be announced on 6th April 2013, at Vinitaly in Verona.

I am sure that many will want to join in wishing Jean all the best for 6th April and she may be contacted at: