Awards and citations:

1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Winners of the 2010 Born Digital Wine Awards

Many congratulations to the winners of the first edition of the Born Digital Awards:

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 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 between 1st December 2011 and 31st January 2012 for work first published on the net during 2011.

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.

Further announcement from Vrazon Global:

We’re very excited to announce our first keynote speaker, American journalist and author George M. Taber! A reporter and editor with Time magazine in the US and Europe for 21 years, Taber reported on the famous “Judgment of Paris” tasting where California wines were ranked alongside France’s best in an event that revolutionized the world of wine. His four-paragraph story about the tasting has been called “the most significant news story ever written about wine”. In 2005 Taber published a book about the event and more recently has also written, “To Cork or Not to Cork” and “In Search of Bacchus”.

The EWBC 2011 will take the theme of “storytelling” and online wine communications, and also include several streams of smaller group sessions to generate and nurture practical discussion. Guest speakers will host these hands-on workshops, which will focus on the four disciplines of video, photography, writing and oral reporting.

Taber will speak on the topic of Telling Someone Else’s Story and draw on his many years’ experience as a reporter, editor and author to inform and inspire some 200 wine communicators who will travel from around the world to attend EWBC 2011.'

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