No prizes for guessing why I’m posting on this today. The sad rule about competition shortlists is that – aside from a few notables – most people who aren’t shortlisted suddenly lose interest!
I’m delighted to note that I’ve been shortlisted in the Best Investigative Wine Story category of the Born Digital Wine Awards, for this piece: Pressure Sensitive.
Looking across the category I’m also delighted to see that Jim Budd has been shortlisted for his Campogate, no Pay no Jay story. Quite right too. This (a joint effort between Jim and Harold Heckle) is proper investigative wine writing, part of a long exposé which has seen him belittled and inappropriately criticised by Robert Parker, as well as threatened with legal action by the subject of the cash-for-review scandal, Pancho Campo. And the ultimate outcome clearly indicates that Budd was on the right track all along; Jay Miller resigned (apparently agreed before the scandal broke, but – reading his posts on the Parker bulletin board yesterday – he clearly associates his departure with the scandal) and Campo left the wine world, resigning his MW, which has the effect of preventing the IMW report becoming public.
I hope Jim wins the category. He deserves it.
The full list is as follows:
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
There is also a photo-essay category, details (and images) on the Born Digital site.