Meet the four contenders shortlisted for the IWSC Wine Communicator award

Nina Caplan, Elaine Chukan Brown, Anne Krebiehl MW and Melissa Monosoff MS are the four wine professionals that have been shortlisted for this year's IWSC Wine Communicator trophy

Words by Club Oenologique Editors

IWSC Wine Communicator 2020 nominees
The shortlist: Nina Caplan, Anne Krebiehl MW, Elaine Chukan Brown and Melissa Monosoff

Four wine communicators, including two Club Oenologique contributors, have been shortlisted for this year’s IWSC Wine Communicator trophy. The award – this year’s is the first with an all-female shortlist –  is sponsored by Vinitaly and recognises a professional whose communication skills have made an exceptional contribution towards increasing public awareness and interest in wine over the past 12 months. Applications were taken from across the worlds of publishing, journalism, broadcasting and education, before a panel of experts narrowed the entries down to four top communicators.

The winner will be announced at the IWSC awards ceremony, being broadcast on YouTube on 18 November, and will follow in the footsteps of last year’s Wine Communicator, Madeline Puckette, the co-founder of wine education company Wine Folly. Past title holders include Tom Cannavan, Joe Wadsack, Tyson Stelzer, Jane Parkinson and Jancis Robinson MW.

The 2020 IWSC Awards Ceremony will take place at 6pm GMT on Wednesday 18 November, broadcast on YouTube. (Subscribe to the IWSC YouTube channel and turn on notifications to attend, or see below for further details.) After the announcement, IWSC and Club Oenologique will work closely with the 2020 Wine Communicator in a series of activities throughout the year.

Meet the nominees:

Nina Caplan IWSC Wine Communicator nominee
“I have made it my mission to bring the pleasures of this magical drink to a hitherto unengaged audience: the people who ‘don’t know much but know what they like’; who think talking about wine is boring; and that caring about what you drink is only for snobs."

1. Nina Caplan

Nina Caplan is an award-winning author and wine, travel and arts journalist, as well as a speaker, editor, consultant and editor. Alongside her two long-standing columns in The New Statesman and Times Luxx, Caplan writes features for publications on three different continents, including a regular column for Club Oenologique, plus National Geographic Traveller, Conde Nast Traveller, Time Out Montreal, and Gourmet Traveller Wine. Find out more

IWSC Wine Communicator nominee Elaine Chukan Brown
“For me, working in wine is a form of service to the larger community. The Wine Communicator 2020 award would grant me the opportunity to serve to an even larger, more prestigious audience."

2. Elaine Chukan Brown

Elaine Chukan Brown has worked broadly across the wine trade, where her work has both a geographic and media spread. She has written at length and with authority on the wines of  North America and New Zealand. Beyond writing, Chukan Brown has been a celebrated keynote speaker for events in wine and philosophy and has also appeared in wine-centred video content.  Find out more

IWSC Wine Communicator 2020 shortlist: Anne Krebiehl MW
“The early years were hard, very hard, because I was insecure, shy, riddled with imposter syndrome and it was so, so hard to make a living. But all that has changed now and I am thrilled to be so active and to be living the dream.”

3. Anne Krebiehl MW

Anne Krebiehl MW grew up in Germany and attended Birbeck College, University of London, an institution specialising in evening courses to providing students, like Krebiehl, with an education to fit around their working lives. Her wine writing has since found an audience in Wine Enthusiast, The World of Fine Wine,, Decanter and Falstaff, while she recently published her first book “The Wines of Germany.” . Find out more

IWSC Wine Communicator 2020 shortlist: Melissa Monosoff MS
“The idea of communicating information in a meaningful and understandable way was a skill honed over many years, beginning with my days as a sommelier. It was essential to success – not only with the guests but with the service staff as well.”

4. Melissa Monosoff MS

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Melissa Monosoff MS honed her communication skills at the top restaurants of Philadelphia as a cook, sommelier, bartender and beverage director. Monosoff earned her Master Sommelier Diploma in 2010; she is the 17th woman in the world to hold this title. Find out more