The Danish Guild of Wine Journalists
Laugsmagistrene - the Guild-Brothers - is a most extraordinary society,
probably the only one of its kind in the whole world. A guild providing
the setting for professional and informal gatherings of a circle of
members who have two things in common: a journalistic background and
interest, knowledge and affection for oenology.
The Guild was established in Copenhagen on
December 19th, 1955, with
the purpose of »cultivating the guild-brothers' knowledge of the noble
grape and of distilled spirits«. And for 50 years it has lived up to
its noble objective.
Several hundred arrangements through the years
have included tastevins
and expert palavers about all the aspects of wine and spirits.
In a way the Guild has developed into a kind of
folk high school for
wine-loving journalists and writers and has achieved an importance,
which can hardly be overrated, by widening their knowledge of wine and
spirits and imparting same to their millions of readers.
Wine consumption in Denmark as well as the taste
for wine have benefited greatly from the activities of the Guild.
At the 50th
anniversary the Guild counts 16 brothers
- three of whom form the council
- and 23 »brothers honoris causa«
who are not journalist but who have been invited to join the Guild
because of their outstanding contributions to Danish wine culture.
The members of the Guild have filled their small
but life inspiring and
important place in the ranks of the journalists and - in a spirit of
good fellowship - they have spent many hours which became glimpses of
brightness in the daily routine and a beneficial relish, just like a
glass of good wine.
Over the years the Guild has had six different
aldermen. On the
fifteenth anniversary in 2005 Ms. Jacqueline Jensen resigned having
served the Guild in this capacity for fourteen years. She is now the
deputy alderman, and webmaster of www.laugsmagistrene.dk
The present alderman is Mr. Ole Hoy Hansen