Blog: From medicine to wine: IWSC president Catena offers a good dose

James Wilmore | 13 November 2014

A large swathe of wine and spirits folk gathered for the IWSC's annual awards banquet at London's Guild Hall last night.  

Puncturing the seemingly endless awards (is there more every year?), was a charming speech by the IWSC's current president, Laura Catena. Her infectious manner, and quips about her whisk(e)y-swilling husband, enchanted much of the audience. 

Among Catena's anecdotes was the fact she performed a last-minute career swerve into wine after a tricky conversation convincing a buyer of the merits of Malbec. Up until that point a life in medicine awaited, but the Argentinian assured the audience she was still qualified to deal with emergencies. Thankfully, there were no obvious casualties during the proceedings. 

Incoming president Neil McGuigan, of Australian Vintage, will have a job to match Catena's speech next year. But as a straight-talking Aussie, I'm sure he'll give it a good go. 

For full details of award winners, click here



Sectors: Wine


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