2015 ‘Born Digital’ Shortlist Announced
The awards, now in their third edition, were relaunched in 2015 with the support of the Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre campaign in order to highlight the best content about wine being published online today.
The shortlist was drawn up from 227 submissions from 19 countries, including Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Serbia and Turkey. Most importantly, these submissions were received in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Portuguese and split into four categories, namely:
- Best Investigative / Journalistic Wine Story
- Best Editorial / Opinion Wine Writing
- Best Tourism Content with a Wine Focus
- Best Wine Themed Video
The Awards’ renowned judges* were selected from the wine industry and briefed to compare writing and video content from across the world to find new voices and sources of wine stories, as well as stories that made responsible use and took positive advantage of the digital medium in some way.
118 entries made it to the final stage, where judges scored each of them on multiple criteria in order to create the shortlist of entries, from which the winners will be selected. The shortlist includes well-known as well as new names from the USA, UK, France, Spain and Greece.
The shortlist is included here (in alphabetical order, by entry title) and available on our site, including links:
Best Editorial / Opinion Wine Writing
|Alder Yarrow||A Grape By Any Other Name|
|Simon Woolf||Cornelissen’s way – making wine without sulphur|
|Charles Jennings||Disorientation: Graham’s 1948 Vintage Port|
|Jeff Siegel||Downton Abbey claret – wine merchandising for dummies|
|Paul Keers||Empty statements: what your recycled wine bottles say about you|
|Simon Woolf||How Valais put the charm in Chasselas|
|Matt Walls||Madeira quake|
|Wink Lorch||The Three Wine Events That Won’t Occur in 2015|
|Marc André Gagnon||Vous voulez boire du vin avec moins de sulphites?|
|Wink Lorch||What’s the Big Deal about Jura Wine?|
Best Investigative / Journalistic Wine Story
|Erika Szymanski||Do “hand-picked” grapes mean better wine?|
|Alder Yarrow||Do You Need to Worry About Arsenic in Your Wine?|
|Cathy Huyghe||How to Market Wine When It’s Forbidden to Market Wine|
|Erika Szymanski||How to replicate a wine from 1500 year-old grape seeds|
|W. Blake Gray||Josh Jensen’s Succession Plan? “Never to Die”|
|Becca Yeamans-Irwin||The Effects of Climate Change on The Global Wine Industry|
|Yolanda Ortiz de Arri||Un día recogiendo uvas en Rioja|
Best Tourism Content with a Wine Focus
|Alder Yarrow||Austria: The Wine Lover’s Dream Destination|
|Yolanda Ortiz de Arri||De bodegas y tapas por El Puerto y Sanlúcar|
|Pauline Versace||Œnotourisme : escale à Marlborough en Nouvelle-Zélande|
|Sophie McLean||Re-birth, Re-match, Re-think: Wines of Argentina|
|Louise Hurren||Real Men Don’t Wear Ponchos|
|Louise Hurren||Swallow (or spit) and stroll: Languedoc wine walks|
|Ted Lelekas||There’s an idea: PDO Wine Tourism in Greece!|
Best Wine Themed Video
|Jason Stubblefield||All About That Rhone|
|Mark Ryan||Austrian Wine: Vienna|
|Lisa Mattson||Cab Wars: The Fruit Strikes Back|
|Fabien Lainé||Montirius – Piece of Heaven|
|François Desperriers||Pommard, le Temps Vigneron|
|Helena Nicklin||Winebird’s VINALOGY: Tempranillo|
The BDWAbyWIM 2015 winners will be announced at the 2015 Digital Wine Communications Conference (DWCC) in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on Saturday October 24th 2015. Winners will receive cash prizes as well as tickets to the 2016 DWCC.
Said Stylianos Filopoulos, director of Wine in Moderation-Art de Vivre: “With its innumerable stories, wine culture is an effective way to reveal the wider and diverse world of wine in a responsible way, putting wine appreciation and enjoyment in a broader social context, so we are delighted to have sponsored the Born Digital Wine Awards and in this way, encouraged responsibility in the communication and appreciation of wine.”
Awards co-founder Robert McIntosh commented: “The shortlisted entries are a very interesting selection of well respected online voices as well as a number of names that many of us will not have heard of before. The awards process has delivered a shortlist full of quality content, but has also rewarded originality and style.”
*BDWA 2015 judges were: Richard Siddle (Chair of Judges), Sarah Abbott MW, Pedro Ballesteros MW, Hervé Lalau, Elin McCoy, André Ribeirinho and Luzia Schrampf
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Robert McIntosh, Founder,
Vrazon Digital Wine LDA.
+44 7813 769052
Wine in Moderation:
Director, Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre (WIM) Aisbl
+32 (0)2 230 99 70
NOTE TO EDITORS:
About Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre
The Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre (WIM) Programme was launched in 2008 across the European wine sector. It is the tangible and measurable contribution of the wine business community to reinforce responsible drinking patterns as a social and cultural norm. WIM is a common programme, centrally coordinated and implemented nationally, with the capacity to adapt to local needs, respecting cultural diversity and regional identities.
The Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre (WIM) aisbl is an international not-for-profit association founded in 2011 by the European wine sector to coordinate the WIM programme and expand its reach in Europe and beyond. Members of WIM include national wine associations from Europe and South America and leading wine companies who are known for excellence and a commitment to social responsibility.
About Vrazon and the BDWA
The Born Digital Wine Awards were launched by the Vrazon team in 2011 to focus attention on the range and quality of wine-related content being published online across the world in different languages. In its first two editions, the awards received over 500 entries from 24 countries and in more than a dozen languages.
The Vrazon team also organises the annual Digital Wine Communications Conference (DWCC) and is committed to championing online wine communication.