Richard Siddle to chair the judging of the Born Digital Wine Awards, brought to you by Wine in Moderation

Wednesday, 13th May 2015

Vrazon, organisers of the Born Digital Wine Awards, brought to you by Wine in Moderation (BDWAbyWIM), are very pleased to announce that Richard Siddle has agreed to become the Chair of Judges for the 2015 edition of the awards.

Richard Siddle brings a wealth of journalism and awards experience to this role and has been an editor of business magazines for nearly 20 years, including the last eight years on the UK trade title Harpers Wine & Spirit. A long term supporter of online wine communication, Richard has attended and spoken at several editions of the Digital Wine Communications Conference (DWCC).

Richard said: “I am delighted and honoured to be given this responsibility. Throughout my time as editor of Harpers I looked to celebrate and promote strong wine and business writing and hopefully give good writers a platform or break in professional journalism. I am very excited to be able to play my part in these vital and innovative awards and look forward to seeing the entries from all over the world.

BDWAbyWIM Logo_WhiteThe full list of judges will be announced soon, and will include wine and journalism experts from around the world of wine to represent different cultures and languages. BDWAbyWIM submissions will open at the end of June and the results will be announced at the 2015 Digital Wine Communications Conference in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

The BDWAbyWIM awards were recently relaunched with the support of Wine in Moderation-Art de Vivre (WIM) Association to showcase the best digital content about wine, but also help to support and protect responsible online communication and a positive culture of wine.

  • The categories of entries that are being considered for the awards are:
  • Best Investigative / Journalistic Wine Story
  • Best Editorial / Opinion Wine Writing
  • Best Tourism Content with a Focus on Wine
  • Best Wine Themed Video
  • Best Commercial Content
  • Best Wine Photo Essay
  • Best Educational Content

Vrazon is working with Wine in Moderation supporters and Ambassador Brands to sponsor these individual award categories, but wine brands with an interest in supporting social responsibility campaigns are also invited to get in touch with contacts at Vrazon or Wine in Moderation.

More information will be available soon on: http://borndigitalwineawards.com

For further information on the Born Digital Wine Awards, brought to you by Wine in Moderation, please contact:

Vrazon:
Ryan Opaz
Founder & CEO, Vrazon Digital Wine LDA.
ryan@vrazon.com
+351 927 605 381

Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre (WIM) Aisbl:
Stylianos Filopoulos
Director, Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre (WIM) Aisbl
styl@wineinmoderation.eu
+32 (0)2 230 99 70

ENDS

NOTE TO EDITORS

* About Vrazon
The Vrazon team also organises the annual Digital Wine Communications Conference (DWCC) and is committed to encouraging online wine communication.
http://www.vrazon.com

** About Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre
Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre (WIM) Programme launched in 2008 by the European wine sector, is the tangible and measurable contribution of the international 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 into 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 to coordinate the WIM programme and expand its reach and impact in Europe and beyond.
http://www.wineinmoderation.eu

Vrazon and Wine in Moderation announce the 2015 Born Digital Wine Awards

Friday, 20th March 2015

The Born Digital Wine Awards, launched in 2011 by Vrazon, announces the 2015 edition brought to you by Wine in Moderation. The BDWA will continue to champion the best content produced online, but with an even greater focus on the culture of wine.

Thanks to the sponsorship of Wine in Moderation-Art de Vivre, BDWA will reveal, in April, a revised list of categories, prizes, judges and sponsors for the Awards. The goal will be to spotlight the best wine content published digitally, promoting a positive culture of wine in the world of communication. The Born Digital Wine Awards ceremony will be held at the 2015 Digital Wine Communications Conference (DWCC) later this year.

Wine is the complement of food and conviviality, and Wine in Moderation is all about the unique wine culture. By supporting the BDWA we aim to honour the work of today’s wine communicators which reveals the link between wine culture and ‘art de vivre’” said Stylianos Filopoulos, Director of Wine in Moderation-Art de Vivre, “our aim is to encourage responsibility in the communication and appreciation of wine.

Ryan Opaz, founder and CEO of Vrazon said, “We are proud of what we built and achieved with the Born Digital Wine Awards. They are the only awards to accept entries in different languages, and with a systematic approach to judging that really helps to promote new voices alongside the established names.

The Born Digital Wine Awards were launched 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, and past winners include Tim Atkin MW, Jim Budd, Wink Lorch, but also less well-known names such as Nick Stock, Giorgia Guarienti and Andrea Frost.

More information will be available soon on: http://borndigitalwineawards.com

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For further information on the Born Digital Wine Awards, brought to you by Wine in Moderation, please contact:

Vrazon:

Ryan Opaz, Founder & CEO,
Vrazon Digital Wine LDA.
ryan@vrazon.com
+351 927 605 381
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Wine in Moderation:
Stylianos Filopoulos
Director, Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre (WIM) Aisbl
styl@wineinmoderation.eu
+32 (0)2 230 99 70

ENDS

NOTE TO EDITORS:

About Vrazon

The Vrazon team also organises the annual Digital Wine Communications Conference (DWCC) and is committed to encouraging online wine communication.
http://www.vrazon.com

About Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre

Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre (WIM) Programme launched in 2008 by the European wine sector, 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 into 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 aisbl include national wine associations from Europe and S. America and leading wine companies, highly respected for their excellence and their social responsibility.

http://www.wineinmoderation.eu

2012 Born Digital Wine Awards Winners

Today, the much anticipated results of the Born Digital Wine Awards 2012 are unveiled. The inaugural awards proved an instant success, with an enthusiastic number of entries (in excess of 300), coming from 24 different countries across the world. The aim of the awards is to give value to writers, photographers and videographers who are successful at creating wine content online – it must be “born digital” to qualify – ie be published first online.

The panel of judges comprises leading figures both in wine journalism and general publishing from around the world:

  • Ulf Sjödin
  • Tim Atkin
  • Elin McCoy
  • Patrick Schmitt
  • Fongyee Walker
  • Hervé Lalau
  • Richard Ross
  • Wink Lorch

“Blogs are now an essential part of wine information, and to find one’s way in the jungle of wine blogs, a competition like BDWA, with peers as judges, is incredibly useful” comments Herve Lalau, a judge at this years Born Digital Wine Awards.

The judges had a tough job indeed and it was a very close call….but without further ado…..

The winners of the Born Digital Wine Awards 2012 are:

Best Editorial Wine Writing

  1. Andrea Frost (The New Ruby Press): The Invention of Wine
  2. Paul Keers (Sediment): Just Looking: The Joy of Wine Browsing
  3. Amy Corron Power (Another Wine Blog): Wine Intelligence admits Bias, Ulterior Motives in “Wine Blogger Distrust” Release

Best Investigative Wine Story

  1. Jim Budd (Jim’s Loire): Campogate, no Pay no Jay
  2. Evan Dawson (Submitted Piece to Palate Press): Message from California Winemakers: Stop Slandering Our Pinot!
  3. Chris Kissack (Wine Doctor): Pressure Sensitive

Best Wine Tourism Feature

  1. Nick Stock (Post Ferment): Preserving Home Turf: A very special part of the world
  2. Louise Hurren (Submitted Piece to Wine Travel Guides): Authentic wines and hearty cooking in Bucelas outside Lisbon
  3. Tom Florina (The Vine Route): Contextual pleasures: NYC chic meets Corsican mystique

Best Winery Self Produced Content

  1. Ryan O’Connell (O’Vineyards): Who Visits Vineyards
  2. Gavin Quinney (Bauduc Blog): 13 Unpalatable Facts about the UK Wine Duty
  3. Kerith Overstreet (Brulium Wine Blog): Insufferable

Best Wine Themed Video

  1. Giorgia Guarienti (Off Road Strade Creative): Wine: Got to Deserve It
  2. Richard Hemming (Purple Pages): An MW student’s guide to remembering appellations
  3. Ophélie Neiman (Miss Glou Glou): Au coeur du bouchon de liège

Best Wine Photo Essay

Click any image to see it large, and use your arrow keys to navigate through the photos in each set.

1. Matt Wilson (MattWilson.cl): Small Wine Producers in the Maule Valley Chile

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These are a series of photographs I made during three visits to a group of small wine producers in the Maule Valley in Chile. They own one or two acres of old carignan, pais grancahe and mouvdre vines. They use horses and old farming methods. The wine is fermented and stored in ceramic jars called “tinajas” The vines are up to 100 years old and they have been grafting some of them.

2. Mick Rock (Cephas): A biodynamic day at Dr Bürklin Wolf

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Some of the many tasks being undertaken on a day in late May at Dr. Bürklin Wolf, who are based at Wachenheim an der Weinstrasse in the Pfalz region of Germany. In 2005 the decision was made to convert all their vineyards to biodynamic viticulture. Today this is being done under the guidance of consultant Monty Waldin.

3. Giacomo Tincani (La Basia): Tie (Legare)

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This photo essay shows the binding of vine-shoots, traditionally done with willow branches. After pruning, when the tiny buds of this year’s growth have just appeared, vine-shoots are gently bent along the wires and tied with a flexible willow branch in one quick movement.
 
Photographs were shot in late winter in the vineyards of La Basia, a small winery in the Lake Garda region (Italy). The photos show a patient, careful manual method, passed down from father to son over many generations. The work, and thus the images, depict a quiet and meditative relationship between man and environment.
 
These photos are part of a larger ongoing project to document the various unique stages in the seasonal cycle of a family winery, where traditional techniques coexist alongside modern technology. Rather than a nostalgic vision of past times, they are intimate moments of a dynamic juxtaposition: a tie between old traditions and today’s practices.

The winner of each category receives 1,000 Euros, and a Circle of Wine Writers and Jancis Robinson Purple Page membership, and a pass to the 2011 European Wine Bloggers Conference.

Entries for the 2012 Born Digital Wine Awards should be submitted to from December 1, 2011 to January 31, 2012.

Editors’ notes:

The Born Digital Wine Awards (BDWA) are the brain-child of Vrazon, a company specialising in Social Media in the drinks industry and a fusion of Catavino (Ryan and Gabriella Opaz) and Thirstforwine (Robert McIntosh).

The Awards are international, with entries welcome from around the world and in any language. For the 2013 BDWA Awards the content must have been published during 2012; the maximum for written pieces is 3,000 words and for videos, 10 minutes.


Announcing the Shortlist for 2012 Born Digital Wine Awards

We are extremely excited to announce the Shortlist for the 2012 Born Digital Wine Awards! The competition was hard fought – with over 300 submissions from 24 countries, including: Australia, Belgium, China, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, The Netherlands, New Zealand and Turkey – and our judges completed the complex task of narrowing down the large number of entries to a concise and deserving list of “Top 5” for each category.

We really appreciate the efforts of everyone who took part, both as candidates and judges, and entered such great material, putting our new content and judging system though its paces. The winners will be announced at the London International Wine Fair, on the Access Zone, on May 23rd 2012 at 16:30 (London Time). As the Access Zone will be streamed live, you can join us at: www.vrazon.com/accesszone.

The “Top 5″ in each category, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER, are listed below. We are particularly pleased by the presence of so many names you may not be familiar with appearing on this list. We encourage you to check them all out and make up your own mind before the announcement of the winners:

Best Editorial Wine Writing

Best Investigative Wine Story

Best Wine Tourism Feature

Best Winery Self Produced Content

Best Wine Themed Video

Best Wine Photo Essay

Click any image to see it large, and use your arrow keys to navigate through the photos in each set.

Giacomo Tincani (La Basia): Tie (Legare)

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This photo essay shows the binding of vine-shoots, traditionally done with willow branches. After pruning, when the tiny buds of this year’s growth have just appeared, vine-shoots are gently bent along the wires and tied with a flexible willow branch in one quick movement.
Photographs were shot in late winter in the vineyards of La Basia, a small winery in the Lake Garda region (Italy). The photos show a patient, careful manual method, passed down from father to son over many generations. The work, and thus the images, depict a quiet and meditative relationship between man and environment.
These photos are part of a larger ongoing project to document the various unique stages in the seasonal cycle of a family winery, where traditional techniques coexist alongside modern technology. Rather than a nostalgic vision of past times, they are intimate moments of a dynamic juxtaposition: a tie between old traditions and today’s practices.

Lannon Harley (Four Winds Vineyard): 2011 Riesling Harvest at Four Winds Vineyard

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This is a series of pictures that shows the Four Winds Vineyard team picking the Riesling. The season was characterised by lots of rain and these pictures shows the team rushing to get the harvest in before the storm hits.

Matt Wilson (MattWilson.cl): Small Wine Producers in the Maule Valley Chile

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These are a series of photographs I made during three visits to a group of small wine producers in the Maule Valley in Chile. They own one or two acres of old carignan, pais grancahe and mouvdre vines. They use horses and old farming methods. The wine is fermented and stored in ceramic jars called “tinajas” The vines are up to 100 years old and they have been grafting some of them.

Mick Rock (Cephas): A biodynamic day at Dr Bürklin Wolf

[nggallery id=6]

Some of the many tasks being undertaken on a day in late May at Dr. Bürklin Wolf, who are based at Wachenheim an der Weinstrasse in the Pfalz region of Germany. In 2005 the decision was made to convert all their vineyards to biodynamic viticulture. Today this is being done under the guidance of consultant Monty Waldin.

Lannon Harley (Four Wines Vineyard): Rolling out the nets at Four Winds Vineyard

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The 2011 growing season was plagued with rain which resulted in wildly-long canes, walls of foliage and an over-all lushness that is usually reserved for Spring. This series of pictures shows the Four Winds Vineyard team putting on our Shiraz nets.

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Thank you to all the judges and supporters!

And congratulations to all the short listed entrants! We look forward to announcing the winners at the London International Wine Fair on Wednesday the 23rd of May at 4:30 London Time!

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