The winner of the Honorary Australian Woman in Wine – USA was Christina Pickard of Wine Enthusiast Magazine. This special award recognised a woman who lives and works in the USA making a positive impact in the US wine industry through the promotion of Australian wine.
As part of the 2019 Australian Women in Wine Awards, Wine Australia was proud to Sponsor the Honorary Australian Woman in Wine Award – USA. This special award recognised a woman who lives and works in the USA making a positive impact in the US wine industry through the promotion of Australian wine.
The winner of the Honorary Australian Woman in Wine – USA was Christina Pickard of Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Christina has had an illustrious career within the wine industry with a career stretching over a decade during which time she has written, presented, educated and judged wines from Australia and around the world.
She is regarded as a leading observer of and commentator on the Australian wine scene and introduces new and exciting perspectives on thousands of wines that are produced in the 65 wine regions across more than 100 different grape varieties from Australia.
Christina has contributed extensively to sharing the beauty of unique and diverse aspects of Australian wine contributing to publications such as Decanter, Food&Wine Magazine, Australia’s Gourmet Traveller Wine and James Halliday’s Wine Companion. She also co-hosted one of the wine world’s first podcasts, The Crush: Wine Talk unfiltered.
Commenting on the win, Christina said;
'I don’t think we get to be really, genuinely surprised very often in life and on the night of the Australian Women in Wine Awards, I truly was! I had the pleasure of living and breathing Aussie wine while living down under up until 2015, and, now back in my native USA, I am fortunate enough to be able to shine many lights on the diversity, quality, creativity and just plain deliciousness that Aussie wine has to offer.’
‘I am grateful for all of the talented souls down under who put their blood, sweat and tears into growing and making the kinds of wines that make my job so much easier; And, of course, a massive thanks to Wine Australia, the Victoria State Government, and The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society for this wonderful recognition.' Pickard continued.
As part of the Honorary Australian Woman in Wine Award – USA, Christina has also been awarded a bursary prize for the winner to explore Victorian wine regions supported by the Victorian government.
The Australian Women in Wine Awards ceremony coincided with the launch of Far From Ordinary: Aussie Wine Month, which brought Australian wineries across the globe for the largest Australian wine promotion ever held in the USA. These activities have been made possible by the Australian Government’s $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package.