May 24, 2012: First it was Su Birch, CEO of Wines of South Africa, who won the award, and now there are two more winners, wine journalist Tim Atkin MW and Chester Osborn, chief winemaker and owner of d’Arenberg, who have received the Wine Intelligence 10 for 10 Business Award. The award ceremony was held on May 23 at the London International Wine Fair.
Wine Intelligence Associate Director Brian Howard and Chief Executive Lulie Halstead, presented the awards to the recipients who were selected by a panel of industry judges.
Osborn was selected for his “unique combination of technical excellence and unbridled irreverence” which “is delightful to observe and fun to be part of”.
In his acceptance speech, he joked, “I can’t believe I have won this award…I have never worked a day in my life, I am still making mudpies … so I think it is fantastic that I’ve won an award for still being a big kid”.
Atkin was recognised for his “willingness to challenge conventional wisdom whilst remaining the consummate professional who is admired by many the world-over”.
Acknowledging the honour, Atkin said, “I have been lucky to win a lot of awards in my life, but this one means the most to me because it is from people who are my peers and my colleagues.”
The Wine Intelligence 10 for 10 Business Awards were created to mark the 10th Anniversary of the founding of Wine Intelligence, which is now a global operation present in 20 countries. The awards are designed to celebrate individuals in the wine business who have made a significant contribution to the success of the global wine industry over the past decade.
Watch this space for the winner of the next Wine Intelligence 10 for 10 Award which takes place on Tuesday 29th May 2012, at Vinexpo in Hong Kong.
Read the article, “WINE’S WACKY WIZARD”, in Sommelier India Wine Magazine, April-May, 2012, describing the success story of Chester Osborne, the colourful owner of Australia’s d’Arenberg winery as it celebrates its centenary year — Ed