Following on from her earlier nomination as International Wine Communicator of the Year, our dear friend Curly Haslam-Coates has been nominated for The Julian Brind Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Achievement in the Wine Industry, though the International Wine + Spirit Competition.
This international nomination is, in Curly's words 'an amazing opportunity to shine a light on the incredible achievements of our industry in Tasmania.'
From IWSC :"This prestigious title will be awarded to the individual who demonstrates they have the courage of their convictions, dedication to the industry and passion for real wine. The recipient will have established an early track record in their field, be seen to be ‘going places’, and will already be taking part in the wider aspects of the wine trade, showing commitment and determination in everything they do."See her IWSC interview here
With her wealth of experience as an ambassador for all that we hold dear to the Tasmanian experience, we think it only fitting that we band together as a community to get her to London for this award ceremony at the IWSC Banquet on the 28th November, this year.
To name but a few of Curly's recent adventures in food and wine, some of her most recent job titles/roles within the community include:
- Wine + Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Educator (through Vintage Tasmania, her own organisation).
Through bringing the world's wines to those working in Tasmania's wine industry (be they sommeliers, wine buffs, bottle shop staff or hoteliers alike), Curly has worked tirelessly to strengthen the knowledge base underpinning the Tasmanian wine experience for visitors + locals alike. This is a her legacy throughout the state.
- Food Curator Extraordinaire for MONA FOMA, 2019 + 2020
(food, wine + staffing for MONA's Tasmanian Summer Festival)
- Cooking with Curly,
as Tasmania's 'Beyoncé of Wine' on Helen Shield's ABC Hobart + Northern Tasmania Radio program fortnightly
- Following on from her twice-won Standout Northern Food Ambassador Award (2017-2018),
and continuing in that Ambassadorial vein, Curly will this year visit primary schools to educate, inspire and encourage young people to eat more healthfully, think about local and sustainable food choices and be engaged in their local food markets. Through her visits to TAFE colleges, Curly will also support students to participate in employment opportunities within the industry, for example at festivals such as MONA FOMA.
- Harvest Launceston
- Curly was this highly successful farmers' market manager for 2.5 years, championing local, fresh, sustainable and passionate businesses time and again, each Saturday from before dawn until the sun shone high in the sky.
The Harvest Hostess - Tourism Tasmania from Go Behind The Scenery on Vimeo.
The expenses Curly will be incurring on her journey to London will be as follows:
- return flight to London, ex Launceston
- accommodation in London and surrounds, for two weeks
- export/transportation of Tasmanian wines + spirits which will be part of the press/trade industry tastings (at private members club The Ivy, in London and The London Wine Fair)
- importation back into Tasmania of products for trade and industry report on the UK market (for distributors who are Australia - based)
Distribution of funds:
I (Amelia) will have no part in the administration of the funds, all funds will be disbursed directly to Curly's bank account, and information correlating to the funds will be administered by Curly.