DWWA South Africa Judging Panel
- Thursday 24 May 2012
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Fiona McDonald is a trained news journalist who helped a friend organise a wine show which resulted in an additional weekly wine column to her list of duties. Having worked as a specialist medical reporter, night news editor, sub editor and newspaper designer, Fiona was then headhunted by WINE magazine in Cape Town. Her eight years as Editor saw Fiona play a large role in documenting the changing face of South African wine, particularly as her tenure coincided with the industry's post-apartheid era. Now a freelance writer, Fiona contributes to a number of South African publications and websites on the topics of food and wine, and more recently, whisky. In addition to serving as a judge at a number of international wine competitions, she is also a member of the Platter Guide tasting panel and writing team.