The polls have closed and the votes are in! We are proud to present the 6 winners of this year’s Millesima Blog Awards. We’re looking forward to welcoming our international group of wine bloggers, wine photographers and wine lovers in Bordeaux for En Primeur Week 2019. In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at our 6 talented winners!

James Flewellen

James is a New Zealand-born, London-based biophysicist, wine writer and educator. His day job sees him investigating the biomechanics of HIV and the immune system. Outside this he brings his scientific knowledge to bear on matters of the highest taste – wine! James learned his trade in taste during doctoral studies at Oxford University through the university’s Blind Tasting Society, followed by taking the WSET Diploma. He is the co-author of the original Concise Guide to Wine and Blind Tasting book, judges for the International Wine Challenge, and presents tastings to all-comers in wine in London and beyond. He writes wine essays at jamesflewellen.com.

James’s article « The Wine Scene in Cornwall » has won him the Wine Travel Award in the 2019 edition of the Millesima Blog Awards. The article contains detailed information on the various wine growing regions and producers of Cornwall, a land of “rolling hills, forested river valleys, tin mines, ancient stone-walled lanes and the sea on nearly every side.”

View his work at: https://www.jamesflewellen.com/essays/2018/5/28/the-cornish-wine-scene

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Fintan Kerr

Fintan is a wine educator and writer (Wine Cuentista) based in Barcelona, Spain. Passionate about wine, he loves learning and sharing his way through this complex world, which is always infinitely better with a glass of something delicious and good company to share it with. He has recently completed the WSET Diploma and looks forward to starting the Master of Wine course this 2019. Hopefully he discovers some beautiful bottles along the way!


Fintan’s article « Our Top 10 Unmissable Portuguese Food and Wine Pairings » has won him the Food & Wine Pairing Award in the 2019 edition of the Millesima Blog Awards. Fintan’s recommendations for perfect Portuguese pairings include flaky grilled fish with Arinto, wild boar stew with red blends from the Douro and Queijo da Serra cheese with vintage Port. Sounds delicious!

View his work at: https://lazenne.com/blogs/lazenneblog/our-top-10-unmissable-portuguese-food-and-wine-pairings

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With 11 years of experience in wine writing and communications both in English and his native Russian, Anton is an apologist of ironic texts, emotional content and entertaining writing, even for the most serious issues. From short funny notes to complex long-reads he is trying to combine integrity and fun, for he is sure: taking wine seriously is a dangerous path of overly complicating our wine lives. Anton runs his independent web-sites By-The-Glass.ru (in Russian), Wine Report Russia (in English) and is a regular contributor to Meininger’s Wine Business International and The Buyer. Anton holds WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits, which is, of course, not essential to write about wine.

Anton’s article « On the Rive Bank » has won him the Wine Reporter Award in the 2019 edition of the Millesima Blog Awards. His report offers an in-depth look at the “Rive” category included on the labels of some bottles of Prosecco. Introduced in 2009, this designation aims to bring a greater terroir focus on the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene DOCG subzones.

View his work at: http://winereport.ru/prosecco-on-the-rive-bank/

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Debbie Gordon

In her first wine class, Debbie was “that” person who bravely…. ok, naively… asked if the producer added grass to the wine to get those yummy Sauvignon Blanc vegetal notes. Recovering from that humiliation – and hundreds of study hours and bottles later – Debbie earned her certified sommelier pin from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Debbie brings a long history of communications, marketing research and journalism to her wine writing. Developing ad campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, founding a research centre for children’s media, the Toronto, Canada native is a born communicator.

Debbie has worked harvests in New Zealand and California and sampled vintages from Bordeaux & Hunter Valley to the Okanagan Valley & Napa, chronicling this delicious journey in her @amustreadblog Writing, she will tell you, is like making wine: it requires patience, humility and reminds you that sometimes the magic in the glass simply leaves you at a loss for words.

Debbie’s article « Bordeaux Breakdown: Do the Big Chateau have Social Savvy » has won her the Wine & Technology Award in the 2019 edition of the Millesima Blog Awards. This piece takes a thorough look at the various ways in which the great producers of Bordeaux use popular social media networks to target a new generation of consumers.

View her work at: https://amustreadblog.com/2018/08/17/bordeaux-breakdown-do-the-big-chateaux-have-social-savvy/


Xingyu CHEN

Xingyu is a NYC-based wine influencer and wine writer. She holds an advanced certificate with WSET and is currently enrolled in the Diploma program. Xingyu founded WineMemoir, a place where she shares the things she is most enthusiastic about – wines! She does it in her unique way by combining photography with artistic tasting notes – letting the photo tell the story of the wine and sharing her experience in a synesthetic way with the audience. In her mind, a photo tasting note is much more powerful and makes it easier to remember the wines that some have already tried, providing others with a better understanding of the wines they are about to try.

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Xingyu’s photo « Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet 2002» has won her the Wine Image Award in the 2019 edition of the Millesima Blog Awards. Her photo depicts a bottle of this precious Burgundy wine, surrounded by a fresh green apple, pear, lemon, a jar of honey and stones to represent the subtle flavors and aromas characterizing this wine.

View her work at: https://www.instagram.com/p/BiAGQCshhaJ/

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Hailing from Bergamo, Italy, Laura Donadoni was born and bred on classic Italian wine and creative cuisine. Her career started as a columnist and wine and food reporter for several prestigious Italian magazines and anchorwoman on the radio news for national radio networks; she had her own food and wine show on one of the national Italian broadcasting networks.  Upon moving to the U.S., she translated her passion into The Italian Wine Girl blog and her company, LA COM Wine Agency, a licensed wine importing company and a strategic P.R. and communications firm focused on the food and wine industry.

Laura is a Certified professional journalist and editor with a summa cum laude PhD in Communication Sciences, a professional speaker, a certified Sommelier with merit at the North American Sommelier Association and the World Sommelier Association, a Wset level 3 advanced. She is one of the few Vinitaly International Italian Wine Ambassadors and a certified wine educator. She is also an official wine judge for the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and many others international wine competitions, as well as a member of the Los Angeles Wine Writers Association.

Laura’s article « Intricate, Contradictory, Diverse: Sicily can’t be described, must be experienced » has won her the Public’s Choice Award in the 2019 edition of the Millesima Blog Awards. In this colorful piece, Laura shares her adventure across the vast winemaking landscape of Sicily, sharing some of her favorite wine regions, producers and local culinary specialties.

View her work at: https://laurawines.com/2018/09/14/intricate-contradictory-diverse-sicily-cant-be-described-must-be-experienced/

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