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Celia Hay’s New Zealand Wine Guide competing for international award

celia_hay_with_nz_wine_guideuNew Zealand Wine Guide has won the Gourmand Drinks Award for Best Wine Tourism Book in New Zealand, and now goes on to compete in the Best in the World category with winners announced at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in June 2015.

Offering key insights into New Zealand’s major wine regions, Celia Hay explains, in a concise and informative approach, the leading grape varieties and internationally admired wine styles.

New Zealand’s distinctive world of wine comes alive in the book with over 30 full-colour photographs by acclaimed New Zealand winemaker-photographer Kevin Judd and a series of regional maps as well as illustrated explanations of the vine growing and winemaking processes and the prevailing mix of traditional and innovative winemaking techniques.

Its succinct and accessible format will appeal to all kids of readers, from wine lovers to students and wine professionals. The book also gives a much-needed boost to New Zealand’s wine tourism experience with helpful region maps and recommended wines to taste as visitors explore the country.

For those unfamiliar with her name and work, Celia is a qualified chef and holds the Wine and Spirit Trust (WSET) Diploma of Wine, and a Master of Education (Distinction) from the University of Canterbury (NZ). She is the founder and director of the leading New Zealand School of Food and Wine and has been teaching wine courses since the School was established in Christchurch in 1995. Following the Christchurch earthquakes, the New Zealand School of Food and Wine re-located to Auckland’s Viaduct district, where it flourishes today.

The Best in the World category results will be announced in Yantai, during the Grapes by the Sea Festival, from June 8 – 10, 2015.