DWWA 2013 South Africa Judging Panel
Fiona McDonald is a trained news journalist who began her wine journalism career when she helped a friend organise a wine show, which resulted in her writing a weekly wine column. With Fiona's previous roles including those of specialist medical reporter, night news editor, sub editor and newspaper designer, she was then headhunted by WINE magazine in Cape Town. The eight years Fiona spent as Editor of WINE saw her 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. Although a freelance writer, Fiona edits two magazines, Cheers and Whisky, as well as contributing to a number of other publications. 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.