Jury du Born Digital Wine Awards

Richard Siddle
Chair of Judges

Richard Siddle is an award-winning business editor with over 25 years experience working across a number of fields including computing, supermarkets, grocery, FMCG, convenience and independent retailing and travel.

He has launched The Buyer for the UK Premium On-Trade, and was previously editor of Harpers Wine & Spirit where he was widely recognised for having turned one of the UK’s oldest publications into an agenda setting, must read for the drinks industry.

Throughout his career Richard has built a reputation for campaigning journalism that gets to the heart of the business issues that really matter to his readers. Richard has a strong track record of creating content that helps his readers do their jobs more effectively and better understand the opportunities for their businesses and the communities they serve.

Ted Lelekas
Judge & Vice-President FIJEV
Ted is a wine communicator based in Athens, Greece. His activities in the wine world cover a wide spectrum, including journalism, blogging, educating and consulting. He is a member of the editorial team of “Oenohoos”, Greece’s premier national wine magazine, he was the first Greek wine blogger, and he has been educating amateur and professional oenophiles since 2007.   In his 11-year career in wine, some of the most recent highlights include being named among “The top 20 wine influencers” in social media around the world, as well as getting elected Vice-President of the International Federation of Wine & Spirits Journalists and Writers (FIJEV) and, more recently, in the Committee of the Circle of Wine Writers.   Ted is an ambassador of the #winelover community; he travels extensively across the world to take part in wine events and conferences, as well as to judge in major wine competitions. His areas of professional focus include the wines of Greece, wine tourism, Champagne, as well as e-commerce in the wine & spirits sector.

Elin McCoy
Award-winning journalist Elin McCoy is the author of The Emperor of Wine: The Rise of Robert M. Parker, Jr. and the Reign of American Taste, which has garnered international praise. Foreign editions are available in Brazil, the U.K., Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Russia. It won the World Gourmand Cookbook Award and was a finalist for James Beard and IACP wine book of the year.   She is the wine columnist for Bloomberg News, the New York columnist for Decanter magazine, and writes frequently for World of Fine Wine and other international publications.   Her own website and blog are at www.elinmccoy.com. In her long career, she has written widely for other national and international publications and has co-authored four other books on wine and gourmet topics. She is at work on two wine books, one set in Sonoma.   She serves regularly as wine competition judge in the U.S. and abroad and is a frequent keynote speaker and moderator on wine at industry events such as VinExpo, and the Hong Kong Wine and Spirits Trade Fair.

Carrie Patsalis
Expert Judge - Video
Carrie is a producer with 20 years experience in broadcast TV and digital video communications. She runs Mad Cat Media, a successful digital content company producing videos and animations. In the past, she has won an award at the Cannes Corporate Film Awards for her work. In addition, Carrie and Mad Cat Media have worked on numerous video projects associated with the EWBC and DWCC events.