AFJ Awards Have Booze Columnist Seeing Double

The latest Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) award nominations include an especially tasty Best Newspaper Food Column category. That’s because two of the three finalists are the same person.

Alongside Jennifer Bain of the Toronto Star, freelance writer Jason Wilson is nominated for his work last year in the San Francisco Chronicle as well as for his contributions to the Washington Post. Can’t blame the guy for toasting himself on Twitter:

Wilson has been writing his Washington Post booze column “Spirits” for the Food section since March 2007. It was twice previously a finalist for the Best Newspaper Column award and a winner in 2008.

As far as the Chronicle is concerned, Wilson tells FishbowlLA he earned the nomination for “The Brew,” a since discontinued column about beer. “It ran once a month, and it was short-lived for various reasons,” he explains via email. “But please feel free to note I’d be more than happy to revive the column if a paying editor is interested.”

Winners of these 2011 calendar-year AFJ awards will be announced September 6. Kudos are also in order for the LA Weekly, nominated twice but more conventionally in two different categories (Best Newspaper Food News Story, Best Food Blog). Congrats to all finalists.

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