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Published:  23 July, 2008

The New France: A Complete Guide to Contemporary French Wine by Andrew Jefford has won the Best Drink Book of the Year 2002 Award from the Andr Simon Memorial Fund. Released in October 2002, the book has received critical acclaim from the likes of Harpers' Tim Atkin MW, Joanna Simon, Malcolm Gluck, Richard Ehrlich and others. Publisher Mitchell Beazley claims it has been one of the highest selling wine books in bookstores throughout the winter. Nicholas Faith, in his review of the book in Harpers, 15 November 2002, said: This is a passionate and sophisticated defence of France and its wines, a work beyond the capacity of any other wine writer in its passion, its panache, its evident empathy with the regions, their landscape and so many of their winemakers.' Past winners of the awards include Jancis Robinson MW, Anthony Hanson MW, Stephen Brook, Hugh Johnson and Oz Clarke. The main judging criteria are originality, educational importance, high quality of the book's production, value and accessibility. The New France was adjudged over hundreds of books to have best incorporated all these principles. Jefford said: I am happy and honoured to win the Andr Simon Award, partly because the two other shortlisted books [by Michael Broadbent MW and John and Erica Platter] are both outstandingly good, and the generous prize money will help buy me a little more writing time for my next book.'