Received notification via Tim James of Grape.co.za regarding the formation of a New Zealand organisation committed to encourage excellence and integrity in wine writing and to provide a platform for the exchange of information amongst its members was announced recently.
Wine Writers of New Zealand is open to authors, broadcasters, journalists and lecturers, in fact anyone professionally engaged in communicating about wine in this country.
The impetus for this initiative stemmed from recent commentary in the wine press and social media regarding the pros and cons, ethics and otherwise, of wine critics/reviewers being paid by producers to review their wines.
A “Declaration of Independence” was circulated amongst the current New Zealand wine media on Friday 17 June and it was immediately signed by a large number of writers. These writers have declared that they do not accept payments from wine producers for published reviews, and that they’re also committed to maintaining high standards of independence and integrity in their field.
For a list of current members or to contact WWNZ please visit www.winewriters.org.nz
The question is: Does South Africa need the equivalent?