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Wink Lorch wine writing award

I have been a member of the Circle of Wine Writers for many years and for 18 months until January 2017 was the editor of its journal, Circle Update. In 2022 I joined the committee.

My writing credits include articles for wine magazines in both the UK and the USA, including World of Fine WineDecanterHarpers Wine & Spirit, Sommelier Journal, Club Oenologique, Jancisrobinson.com, Wine-Searcher. and most recently The Drop from Pix. In 2017 I was shortlisted for best Online Wine Writer in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards for contributions to Wine-Searcher and posts on this blog.

My latest book, Wines of the French Alps: Savoie, Bugey and beyond was published in July 2019, won the Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et le Vin (OIV) prize in the category ‘Wines and Territories’ in 2019 and was shortlisted for the André Simon Awards. My first book, Jura Wine was published in 2014 and won the award for best wine book in the André Simon Awards 2014. Both books are available to buy from Academie du Vin Library for distribution worldwide and some other selected stockists worldwide. Digital books as ePub (for iPhone etc) can be purchased direct on this site, or as Kindle from Amazon.

The following are my Wine Writing Speciality areas:

  • Jura and/or Savoie and/or The French Alps
  • Mountain wines or High Altitude wines
  • Beaujolais and the Loire Valley
  • Wine Tourism in France and worldwide
  • Wine Basics – Wine education
  • Wines of South America

“@WinkLorch is a wonderful wine writer.” Felicity Carter, editor of the Drop from Pix Wine.

“It would be hard to imagine a more successful introduction to any corner of the wine-growing world, and few corners suffer from less-justified neglect… She offers far more comprehensive coverage than anyone not already familiar with her book on the Jura would expect from any regional guide.” David Schildknecht in World of Fine Wine reviewing my book Wines of the French Alps, December 2019.

“An indispensable reference not only of biggish names like Jean-Francois Ganevat but little ones, plus excellent details on geology, the region’s unique grapes … and history. A smart, perfectly timed addition to the nerd’s canon.” Jon Bonné on my book Jura Wine, October 2014.

“Just wanted to thank you, Wink, for all the invaluable help you have given with our forthcoming massive book about grape varieties (Sept 2012).  We are very lucky to have you as an informant – and I hope Jura and Savoie truly appreciate all you do for them too!” Jancis Robinson, August 2011.

Here are a selection of Published Examples of my Writing:
Access all my articles on the Drop from 2022
What can We do Better? CWW The Circular (Warning refers to suicide)
From Languedoc to Jura with Love
Lord of the Gringets: An appreciation
France Greenlights Anti-Hail Nets
Jura, Jerez and Tokaj’s Flor Show
The War of the Rosés is Over At Last
What’s the Big Deal about High Altitude Wines
Don’t Supersize My Wine Glass
What’s the Big Deal about Rare Grapes
What’s the Big Deal about Cru Beaujolais

Natural Wine Spreads to Brazil
Chile’s Red Wines Come of Age
Q&A with Damien Yvon of Clos Henri
Looking Through the Lens at Winemaker Kevin Judd
The Three Wine Events that Won’t Occur in 2015
Jura’s Yellow Fever in Decanter
Wine Days out in the French Alps – my award-winning wine tourism feature
A Capital Approach to Wine Tourism on Palate Press
Wink’s chapters on Jura and Savoie that appeared in Tom Stevenson’s Wine Report 2004 – 2009 inclusive may be downloaded free of charge.

Books to which I have contributed include:
The Oxford Companion to Wine 4th and 3rd editions
Opus Vino/The Wine Opus
Tom Stevenson’s Wine Report (2004-2009)
1001 Wines You Must Try before you Die
Le Cordon Bleu Wine Essentials
William’s Sonoma The Wine Guide
The Global Encycopedia of Wine

I also updated the Jura and Savoie sections of the former annual Oz Clarke’s Pocket Guide or A-Z and have helped update the Jancis Robinson/Hugh Johnson World Atlas of Wine.

Magazines for which I’ve written include:
Club Oenologie
Meininger’s Wine Business International
Sommelier Journal
Harpers Wine & Spirit Journal
World of Fine Wine
VinCE (Hungary)

On the Web you will find me among other places on:
Wandering Educators
The Drop from Pix
and of course …. on the Jura Wine Blog and the Wine Travel Guides Blog.
I also write regularly for the Association of Wine Educators and Circle of Wine Writers journals.

I’ve also worked for specialist wine book publishers making sure some of the best wine books in the business are in good shape, more details on my Wine Editing and Translations page.