Storytelling with wine – and sharing the moment

The post below is my submission for the The Born Digital Wine Awards 2011.Born Digital Wine AwardsIt was submitted in the “Best Wine Photo Essay” category which is a brand new category this year.

These are the rules for this category:

  • 3-5 photos, linked by a common story in the eyes and mind of the photographer
  • Exploring any aspect of wine – production, consumption, culture or business
  • Value will be given to the artistic value and engaging story linking the images rather than solely on the quality of the image

This is the second year for BDWA.
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Storytelling with wine – and sharing the moment

There’s a common phrase that says ”a picture can tell a thousand words”. We all know that to be true, but those thousand words would easily be based on the combination of what you see and what you already know.

Brett Jones, in one only picture sharing an important part of his life.
– Brett Jones, in one picture only, sharing an important part of his life.

But just as important it is to share the exact opposit. A thousand words from a knowledged wine person can paint a whole new and different picture within your own mind – and by doing so quite possibly transfer some fragments of the magic, which in turn will enrich your own storytelling.

Louise Hurren telling her wine story in her own special way.
– Louise Hurren telling her wine story in her own special way.

But there is more to it. For a wine lover the moment when sharing a bottle of wine is in itself a golden opportunity to exchange stories, memories, expectations and true feelings – whether they are happy or sad. And a great will wine possibly get even greater when enjoyed in company.

Magdalene Beverari and Luiz Alberto sharing the joy of wine.
– Magdalene Beverari and Luiz Alberto sharing the joy of wine.

Sharing is believing. But without the sharing there would not be that many believing and happy wine persons around. Wine is definitely a social product – that we all know. And by sharing it – in any aspect of the word, we also make sure our verdict will be heard.

Francicorta producer Emanuele Rabotti share his story on Monte Rossa.
– Franciacorta producer Emanuele Rabotti share his story on Monte Rossa.

So, each time you drink a new wine; make sure you keep on telling what you think of it. Take pictures, write or blog, tell others – because that is really the only way to make sure that the wine world eventually get your opinion. Just like the participants of the European Wine Bloggers’ Conference did in Italy last year….

A fine collection of EWBC 2011 participants in Brescia, Italy.
– A fine collection of EWBC 2011 participants in Brescia, Italy.