The shortlist for the 2012 Born Digital Awards was just announced and considering the tough competition across the globe, I am humbled that my story, ‘Has the term ‘California Grand Cru’ Gone too Far?’ was shortlisted in the Best Investigative Wine Story category. The winners will be announced on May 23 at the London International Wine Trade Fair and streamed live on vrazon.com
I’d like to thank those who made this story possible: the Sommeliers who brought this issue to my attention, and many of the contributors, including Sea Smokes Vice President, General Manager, and Director of Winemaking Victor Gallegos, the World Trade Organization, the Center for Wine Origins, Thibaut Le Mailloux, Director of Communications at the Le Comité Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne (CIVC), the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), and the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC).
Congratulations to everyone who made the shortlist, selected from over 300 submissions and 24 countries!
Best Editorial Wine Writing
Amy Corron Power: Wine Intelligence admits Bias, Ulterior Motives in “Wine Blogger Distrust” Release
Andrea Frost: The Invention of Wine
Paul Keers: Just Looking: The Joy of Wine Browsing
Quentin Sadler: Minerality in wine – flight of fantasy, fact or terroir?
Evan Dawson: Il Dimenticato: Piedmont’s New White Star Has a Mysterious and Forgotten Past
Best Investigative Wine Story
Pamela Heiligenthal: Has the term ‘California Grand Cru’ Gone too Far?
Jim Budd: Campogate, no Pay no Jay
Evan Dawson: Message from California Winemakers: Stop Slandering Our Pinot!
Carly Wray: Malbec in Argentina
Chris Kissack: Pressure Sensitive
Best Wine Tourism Feature
Mariella Beukers: Culinair genieten in Süd Steiermark
Louise Hurren: Authentic wines and hearty cooking in Bucelas outside Lisbon
Tom Florina: Contextual pleasures: NYC chic meets Corsican mystique
Nick Stock: Preserving Home Turf: A very special part of the world
Wendy Crispell: The Carso, They’ve got the stones to produce great wine and cheese…………
Best Winery Self Produced Content
Iris Rutz-Rudel: Balade de Juin dans la vigne
Gavin: Quinney: 13 Unpalatable Facts about the UK Wine Duty
Ryan O’Connell: Who Visits Vineyards
Brian Overstreet: Born to Sell
Kerith Overstreet: Insufferable
Best Wine Themed Video
Ophélie Neiman: Au coeur du bouchon de liège
Heiko Michels: Es Gart
Giorgia Guarienti: Wine: Got to Deserve It
Richard Hemming: An MW student’s guide to remembering appellations
Debra Meiburg: Grape Moments: Length Matters
Best Wine Photo Essay
Giacomo Tincani: Tie (Legare)
Lannon Harley: 2011 Riesling Harvest at Four Winds Vineyard
Matt Wilson: Small Wine Producers in the Maule Valley Chile
Mick Rock: A biodynamic day at Dr Bürklin Wolf
Lannon Harley: Rolling out the nets at Four Winds Vineyard
Check out the full details here and wish me luck!