Atlanta Wine Writer Wins Nationwide Cognac Writing Contest

Robin Austin, a wine and food writer in Atlanta, has been recognized by France’s Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) for her superior writing about Cognac.

An international panel selected Mrs. Austin’s article entitled “Cognac: Pleasing to Any Palate” as the winning article for a Cognac writing contest. The contest, sponsored by the BNIC and the Palate Press Advertising Network with the support of France and the European Union, was open to wine bloggers in the United States. Mrs. Austin beat out dozens of writers from around the country to take the top spot.

Mrs. Austin, 28, is the founder and editor-in-chief of, an Atlanta-based online wine and food magazine.

“My aim is to make wine fun and approachable, no matter a person’s experience level,” says Austin, a Certified Specialist of Wine. “I am honored that the BNIC selected my article and hope it will encourage those who may not be familiar with Cognac to give it a taste.”

As the winner of the Cognac writing contest, Mrs. Austin will receive an all-expenses paid trip to France for the Cognac Blues Passions Festival and tours of Cognac.

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac is a private institution entrusted with public service missions to develop and promote Cognac. The BNIC represents all Cognac professionals including growers, merchants and members of other activities related to the Cognac trade.

Click here to read Mrs. Austin’s article entitled “Cognac: Pleasing to Any Palate.”