Going for the gold star

Happy New Year and welcome to our annual Sunday Business Post Wine Awards, writes Tomás Clancy.

6th January, 2013
Best new wine merchant: Gareth Hamilton of Williams & Allen in Dundrum. Photo: Tony O'Shea

Reflecting on the dozens of award ceremonies I have attended this year, it is clear to me that the elephantine length of such ceremonies is deliberate.

No matter how upset the nominees who come up short are, after four hours of interminable speeches, the fight is gone out of them. The judges can slope away in safety.

One other thing about award ceremonies that must be expunged in 2013 is . . . the ....

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