2015 ‘Born Digital’ Shortlist Announced

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The Shortlist for the 2015 Born Digital Wine Awards, brought to you by Wine in Moderation (#BDWAbyWIM) is announced today, 13th October 2015.


The awards, now in their third edition, were relaunched in 2015 with the support of the Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre programme in order to highlight the best content about wine being published online today.


The short list 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 make 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 sponsor the Born Digital Wine Awards and in this way, encourage 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

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