Sommelier Journal Sweeps Golds In Prestigious FOLIO: Magazine Awards

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Sommelier Journal, The Essential Guide For Wine Professionals, dominated the Full Issue and Single Article Food Service/Hotel categories, winning two golds and a bronze medal.

Gold medal winning February 28, 2012, issue of Sommelier Journal

"We're honored that such a prestigious institution found our work the best produced in our category in 2012," said Sommelier Journal editor David Vogels.

Sommelier Journal won gold medals for editorial excellence in both B‐to‐B Food Service/Hotel categories and added a bronze medal in the Single Article category at the 2012 Folio: Magazine Eddie Awards.

In the Full Issue category, Sommelier Journal won gold for the February 28, 2012, issue: the magazine’s annual special issue, which in this case focused on wine lists. The centerpiece of was an extensive roundtable discussion that explored wine lists in detail. Writer Timothy O’Neal won the Single Article gold for his feature story, “Revisionist Theory,” detailing a series of experiments he conducted on his wine list. The issue also included an examination of wine list dos and don'ts from a visual perspective, a look at rebuilding the wine list, and the magazine’s regular departments and columns.

“We’re honored that such a prestigious institution found our work the best produced in our category in 2012,” said Sommelier Journal editor David Vogels. “We believe the wine-list issue was full of useful content for anyone running a wine program. The wine-centered content in the issue was also first-rate—from an interview with Becky Wasserman-Horne to an exploration of Shake Ridge Vineyard in Amador County, we provided our readers with the wide ranging, in-depth coverage they have come to expect.”

The Eddie Awards and its sister, the design-oriented Ozzie, are among the largest magazine award programs in the country, dating back more than 20 years. More than 2,000 entries were received this year.

“The article was a blast to write,” said O’Neal said of his gold-medal-winning feature. “Just conducting various wine-list experiments opened up our eyes and engaged our staff and clientele. Many of the positive experiments are still in use on our list today and will be for some time to come.”

Jason Tesauro, winner of a Folio: Magazine silver medal in 2010, won a bronze this year for his feature article on Moldova in the November 30, 2011, issue. “Every adventure changes your life a little; the discovery of Moldova changed my life a lot,” Tesauro said. “I am grateful to the many Moldovans who invited an American for rarefied tastes of what has so long been hidden behind the Iron Curtain. Thanks also to Sommelier Journal for championing long-form journalism in the vibrant field of wine and spirits.”

Sommelier Journal is published eight times a year by a Denver-based company with more than 40 years of experience in the magazine industry. Anyone interested in starting a subscription for as little as $29 a year can do so at

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