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What are the Born Digital Wine Awards?

The Born Digital Wine Awards reward great content which is first published on the web and not in print to highlight the wealth of wine content being created online by writers everywhere. We are currently working on the BDWA Awards 2013 process and will announce details in January 2013 on this site.
Please subscribe below to ensure you are the first to hear.
Contact Us here for any press, sponsor or submission questions.


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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.



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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


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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.

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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The II Annual Born Digital Wine Awards successfully closed its submission process last week having experienced a soaring 50% increase in qualified entries compared to last year. This is an incredible achievement for the awards program that also saw a 30% increase in the number of countries participating in the awards program.

The final count for the second edition of the Born Digital Wine Awards showed over 300 submissions from 24 countries, including: Australia, Belgium, China, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, The Netherlands, New Zealand and Turkey.

The BDWA is also excited to announce the success of a new category for the Awards Program: Best Wine Photo Essay, that received entries from over 13 different countries. This category was added, by popular demand, to showcase amazing photography that tells an engaging and meaningful story.

The qualifying submissions will now begin the judging process. Thanks to our translation sponsor, “U Can Have It“, who have been exceptional at providing us with high quality translations in a short period of time, all entries in all languages are being judged together.

The shortlist of top entries in each category will be announced in the beginning of May 2012 and we will be announcing the winners at the London International Wine Fair. More information about this event will be shared in the near future.

For now, we would like to thank our sponsors Laithwaites Wine and Virgin Wines for making this year’s Born Digital Wine Awards possible, while extending our  deepest gratitude for all of your submissions. We wish all entrants the very best of luck!


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Great news! The Born Digital Wine Awards website is now in 6 languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Italian! So please take a moment to peruse the website at your leisure in a language that suits you best. Hopefully, in the near future we’ll be adding more languages as the awards program takes off in the far corners of the globe.

Remember, there are only 24 days left to submit your work, and potentially win 1,000 euros, so please submit your best video, written and photography pieces today in ANY language!

Good luck!


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We all love a story about unearthing a previously little-known talent, bringing their best work to a wider audience and maybe giving them “a big break”. We especially love it in wine.

We all know stories about innovative importers who have done this, finding new wine producers with great wines, but this is also very much the mission of the BDWA too.

The Born Digital Wine Awards is the only digital program supporting both recognized and emerging wine content creators, producing a wide range of digital content, but doing so regardless of language or geographical location. These individuals are passionate, creative, innovative but often unrecognized for their work, and the Born Digital Wine Awards is a way for their voices to be heard and amplified around the world.

It is not easy to find a sponsor that has the same vision we do – companies that value a global perspective, are as mad about wine as we are, but are also digitally focused, so we are proud to announce a partnership with Laithwaites Wine and Virgin Wines.

Laithwaites is a family business, started by Tony Laithwaite in 1969, and remains a family affair today, despite its phenomenal growth. The Laithwaites story has always been one of discovering (and buying direct from) small producers, and bringing their wines to a new audience. This is no small feat when you realise that Laithwaites offers a vast selection of wines from 22 countries, including Hungary, Croatia, Moldova, and in the near future, Turkey! Not only this, but they sell their wines to an amazing diversity of consumers in the UK, USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Poland. Their unique appeal to consumers is the stories and long-held relationships behind their wines which are passed on to customers to entertain and enhance the enjoyment of wine overall.

Virgin Wines has been a pioneer in the online wine retail sphere, combining a fun, approachable communication style, the reach of the web plus the expertise of trained advisers. This commitment made them one of the leading and longest standing specialist wine retail brands on the web and today they are still growing fast and expanding to operate not just in the UK, but also the USA and Australia.

Both companies are veterans of the “direct” retail experience both online and off and really understand the value of quality communication with the enthusiastic wine consumer, and as such are very keen to promote talented wine communicators from all around the world of wine.

With this support, we hope the BDWA will make the world of wine online in 2012 even more varied, even more exciting and even more deliciously satisfying. I’m sure we can all raise a glass to that!

We encourage you to take a moment to check out both Laithwaites Wine and Virgin Wines in the New Year and see if maybe they can get the creative wine juices flowing.

 

 

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We are extremely excited to announce that the 2011 Born Digital Wine Awards will begin accepting submissions in exactly one month’s time. On December 1st, 2011, the BDWA will seek out writers and artists from around the globe for their content published online in a free and unrestricted manner.

Last year, the inaugural awards proved to be success, with over 200 entries from 16 different countries around the world. Many of the category winners have accepted our invitation to join our judging panel among leading figures in wine journalism, videography and general publishing, including:

Tim Atkin (UK) – Wine Writer www.timatkin.com, blogger – 2010 Winner of Best Editorial Wine Writing

Wink Lorch (France) – Wine Writer,  Wine Travel Guides, blogger – 2010 Winner of Best Wine Tourism Feature

Richard Ross (UK) – Wine App Developer and writer, www,wine-lines.com, blogger – 2010 Winner of Best Investigative Wine Piece

Jay Selman (USA) – Co-founder, Grape Radio and founder, Grape Visions, blogger – 2010 Winner of Best Wine Themed Video

Michel Bettane (France) – Author of Grand Guide des Vins du France and  writer, Bettane et Desseauve, blogger

Hervé Lalau (Belgium) – Deputy-Chief Editor at In Vino Veritas and writer, Chroniques Vineuse, blogger

Fongyee Walker (MW candidate) (China) – Co-founder, Dragon Phoenix Fine Wine Consulting, author, blogger

Patrick Schmitt (UK) – Editor, Drinks Business 

Elin McCoy (USA) – Writer Bloomberg and author, blogger

Ulf Sjodin MW (Sweden) – Head of Category Management, Systembolaget and writer

The Born Digital Wine Awards is different from other competitions in that the BDWA accepts submissions in any language. The awards are not a wine blogger competition, but are open to any content creator, so new voices can be placed alongside articles by established writers, photographers and videographers.

This year, based on feedback from online wine communicators, the BDWA is also excited to announce a new category for the 2011 awards: Best Wine Photo Essay. This category was added to reward amazing photography that tells a engaging and meaningful story.

We are also excited to announce the support of the Circle of Wine Writers. Founded in 1960, the CWW aims to support quality wine communication across all mediums, of which digital has become the most prevalent.

We will be publishing more information about the awards in the coming weeks and hope everyone will begin reviewing their work for possible submission pieces.

Note: Submissions are open to all content published first in electronic format in a free and unrestricted manner between the dates of January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011 in any language. Each person may submit a total of 3 pieces over all categories. 


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Building on last year’s success, the Born Digital Wine Awards (BDWA) announces the new 2011 judging panel and awards category. The BDWA awards recognize writers and artists internationally for content first published online in a free and unrestricted manner.

The Born Digital Wine Awards is different from other competitions in that the BDWA accepts submissions in any language. The awards are not a wine blogger competition, but are open to any content creator, so new voices can be placed alongside articles by established writers.

The judging panel for the 2011 edition combines winners from last year’s BDWA along with highly regarded wine professionals from around the world. Submissions – published in the 2011 calender year – will open on December 1, 2011.

Based on feedback from online wine communicators, the BDWA is also excited to announce a new category for the 2011 awards: Best Wine Photo Essay. This category was added to reward amazing photography that tells a engaging and meaningful story.

To learn how to submit work, or to help support the Born Digital Wine Awards, please go to their website: http://www.borndigitalwineawards.com

The categories for the 2011 awards include:

Best Investigative Wine Writing: for a distinguished example of investigative reporting by an individual or team, presented as a single wine article or series (video, written text)

Best Editorial Wine Writing: for outstanding examples of wine writing, giving prime consideration to literary quality and originality

Best Wine Tourism Feature: Speaking about a particular region as a tourist destination with a focus on wine (written text, video)

Best Wine Themed Video: Video content that either educates, demonstrates or builds awareness for wine

Best Winery Self Produced Content: for outstanding examples of content created by wineries to promote their brand and reach out to key audiences (video, written text)

Best Wine Photo Essay **NEW CATEGORY**: A set of 2 to 10 photos, published in one online location, that focus on a wine theme or story. (photo)

Members of the new 2011 Born Digital Wine Awards judging panel will be:

Michel Bettane (France) – Author of Grand Guide des Vins du France and  writer, Bettane et Desseauve, blogger
Hervé Lalau (Belgium) – Deputy-Chief Editor at In Vino Veritas and writer, Chroniques Vineuse, blogger
Fongyee Walker (MW candidate) (China) – Co-founder, Dragon Phoenix Fine Wine Consulting, author, blogger
Patrick Schmitt (UK) – Editor, Drinks Business
Elin McCoy (USA) – Writer Bloomberg and author, blogger
Ulf Sjodin MW (Sweden) – Head of Category Management, Systembolaget and writer
Tim Atkin (UK) – Wine Writer www.timatkin.com, blogger
Wink Lorch (France) – Wine Writer,  Wine Travel Guides, blogger
Richard Ross (UK) – Wine App Developer and writer, www,wine-lines.com, blogger
Jay Selman (USA) – Co-founder, Grape Radio and founder, Grape Visions, blogger

About the Born Digital Wine Awards
Founded in 2010 by Robert McIntosh from The Wine Conversation (http://wineconversation.com) and Ryan and Gabriella Opaz from Catavino (http://catavino.net), the annual awards aims to recognize international works on wine originally published online.

 


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As we have promised in the past, the 2011 Born Digital Wine Awards will be adding 2 further categories to broaden the scope of the awards and highlight more effectively the best in wine content online.

We have brainstormed our own ideas, and there are a few we feel are most relevant, but the people who we should ideally be getting input from, is you. Thus, we are now opening the floor to your suggestions.

Leave a comment below and “vote” for your favorite suggestions with the “like” button on each comment. We’ll take all suggestions into account as we decide the new categories.

The deadline for suggestions, comments and ‘votes’ is June 20th, and the new Categories will be announced by June 30th.

Cheers,

The Born Digital Team!


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Today, the much anticipated results of the Born Digital Wine Awards 2010 are unveiled. The inaugural awards proved an instant success, with an enthusiastic number of entries (in excess of 200), coming from 16 different countries across the world. The aim of the awards is to give value to writers 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 of leading figures both in wine journalism and general publishing, renowned here in the UK and internationally:

  • Jancis Robinson MW
  • Evan Schnittman
  • Elin McCoy
  • Patrick Schmitt
  • Robert Joseph
  • Hervé Lalau

Here’s what some of the judges said…

“I enjoyed reading through the entries and found the submissions both entertaining and educational, particularly those from the winery and investigative categories. Without the constraints of print, particularly strict word counts and savage sub-editors, the internet provides a free rein for full and opinionated analysis of current topics. It was interesting however that the best entries tended to be from those with a background in traditional media. ”

PATRICK SCHMITT

“It was a true pleasure to judge the first vintage of the Born Digital Wine Awards! I was impressed by both the high quality (of writing) and the lively diversity (of topics and voices), especially in the Editorial and Investigative categories. Those really showed the strength and importance of online wine writing. I found entries from Wineries, on Tourism, and the Videos much more mixed, with some entries far exceeding my expectations; others falling short, but showing potential. In the future, I’d like to see blogs from more wineries show up in the list, more surprising and compelling wine tourism stories, and better production values in the videos. That being said, there were a few stunners among them all.”

ELIN MCCOY

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 2010 are:

Best Wine Tourism Feature

  1. Wink Lorch Wine Days Out in the French Alps
  2. Tom Fiorina Corsican Wines and Corsica, a twenty-year journey of discovery
  3. Joe Roberts Endangered Species: Santorini Wine Fights for Its Survival

Best Editorial Wine Writing

  1. Tim Atkin Towards a New Chile (Part 1)
  2. Blake Gray The 10 Most Overrated Wines
  3. Jamie Goode Wine Tasting: Subjective or Objective

Best Winery Self-Produced Content

  1. Randall Grahm On a Mission: The Germ of an Idea***
  2. Bernhard Fiedler Alkohol-Zunahmi
  3. Brian Overstreet Hubris – It’s Not Just for Icarus Anymore

Best Investigative Wine Piece

  1. Richard Ross Phylloxera– the English connection
  2. Blake Gray : Sustainable Wines and Whole Foods Market
  3. Alder Yarrow The Coming Carnage in the California Wine Industry

Best Wine Themed Video

  1. Jay Selman (Directed by Mark Ryan) The Scent of Black
  2. The Quoff Boys Palm Trees & 100 Year Old Port
  3. Adrian Franklin Opening a Bottle of Port with a Feather

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

Entries for the 2011 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 2011 BDWA Awards the content must have been published during 2011; the maximum for written pieces is 3,000 words and for videos, 10 minutes.

***The article was changed to its current, correct, version.


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We are extremely excited to announce the Shortlist for the 2010 Born Digital Wine Awards! Though the competition was very tight, our judges came through with flying colors narrowing down the large number of entries from around the world to a very concise and deserving list of “Top 5” for each category (the one exception being the Editorial category which had such a breadth of high-scoring entries from every corner of the world).

We are very appreciative to everyone who took part and entered such great material. The winners will be announced at the London International Wine Fair, on the Access Zone, on May 18th 2011 at 10:30 (GMT). 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 encourage you to check them all out and make up your own mind before the announcement of the winners:

Best Editorial Wine Writing

Oliver Styles: Sherry Cartels and Bordeaux Negociants
Erika Szymanski: Top Ten Microbes in Your Wine
Tim Atkin: Towards a New Chile (Part 1)
Blake Gray: The 10 Most Overrated Wines
Jamie Goode: Wine Tasting: Subjective or Objective
Alder Yarrow: The Philosophy of Wabi-Sabi and Wine

Best Investigative Wine Story

Best Winery Self Produced Content

Bernhard Fiedler: Alkohol-ZunahmiEnglish Translation
Randall Grahm: Love Among the Vines
Kerith Overstreet: Hubris – It’s Not Just for Icarus Anymore
Randall Grahm: On a Mission: The Germ of an Idea
Brian Overstreet: Anatomy of a 91 Point Wine Score

Best Wine Tourism Feature

Marc Hinton: Madrid to Ribera del Duero
Wink Lorch: Wine Days Out in the French Alps
Joe Roberts: Endangered Species: Santorini Wine Fights for Its Survival
Ryan Reichert: A Long Walk Thorugh the Wines of Spain
Tom Fiorina: Corsican Wines and Corsica, a twenty-year journey of discovery

Best Wine Themed Video

Jay Selman: The Scent of Black
The Qwoff Boys: Palm Trees & 100 Year Old Port
Adrian Franklin: Opening a Bottle of Port with a Feather
Zev Robinson: Life on the Douro
The Qwoff Boys: Peter Lehmann Kitchen

Congratulations to all the short listed entrants! We look forward to announcing the winners in 2 weeks!