IWSC Wine Communicator 2020 shortlist: Nina Caplan

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Tue 10 Mar 2020

Wine Communicator 2020 - sponsored by Vinitaly - recognises someone whose communication skills have made an exceptional contribution towards promoting and increasing public awareness in wines in the last 12 months. This week, we'll be profiling four brilliant communicators who have been shortlisted for one of IWSC's top awards.

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 Club Oenologique, National Geographic Traveller, Conde Nast Traveller, Time Out Montreal, and Gourmet Traveller Wine, and many others.

Her first book The Wandering Vine: Wine, The Romans and Me, which was published in 2018 and discusses Ancient Rome’s influence on modern wine, went on to win both Book of the Year at the Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Awards, and Fortnum & Mason Debut Drink Book of the Year. Following its publication, Caplan has given talks at literary festivals across the UK, Ireland, Canada and Australia, alongside organising a series of popular wine evenings and dinners. She also works as a translator and consultant, and in January 2019 was the Keynote Speaker at the sold-out Pinot Noir Celebrations in Australia’s Mornington Peninsula.

“In more than 15 years of writing about wine, 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 caring what you drink is only for snobs,” Caplan says.

“My central message is that wine incorporates everything, from gastronomy to history, geography, religion, politics and economics, and that (to misquote Johnson) the man who is uninterested in wine is uninterested in life."

“I would see this award as indicating that my attempts to broaden wine’s reach are having the desired effect. Whether the communication in question is written, spoken or virtual, the IWSC Wine Communicator of the Year has a broader platform, and as someone who fervently believes that wine’s appeal is universal, broader can only be better.”

This year’s winner will be following in the footsteps of past winners including Madeline Puckette of Wine Folly, and Joe Fattorini of The Wine Show.