Best of the wine blogosphere for March 30th through March 31st:
Archives for March 2008
Tom Wark has announced the winners of the American Wine Blog Awards and revealed the judges who not only determined the final nominations but also accounted for 30% of the final vote. And it seems this combination proved successful as the winners didn’t all come down to who could motivate their readers or listeners. In fact, nearly every winner was one I voted for.
Winning for Best Blog Writing and Best Wine Blog is Alder Yarrow of Vinography. Another double winner is Dr. Debs of Good Wine Under $20 for Best Single Subject Wine Blog and Best Wine Review Blog. Both very deserving winners.
Rounding out the rest of the winning blogs, Steve at The Wine Collector took Best Business Blog, my friends at Grape Radio were recognized for Best Podcast or Video Blog, Tablas Creek got Best Winery Blog and Chateau Petrogasm won Best Wine Blog Graphics.
I’ve been somewhat critical of these awards but my remarks have not been taken exactly in the way I’d intended. I never meant my comments here or in the OpenWine Consortium to be taken as an “alternative” to the American Wine Blog Awards but some have taken this view. Whatever the outcome of the discussion, I fully support what Tom is doing to recognize great wine blogs and am looking forward to next year.
So what wine goes with crow, anyway 😉
I read a lot of wine blogs each day and tag the best posts in Google Reader that appear on my blog sidebar. But most readers use blog aggregators to read Winecast so I will be publishing these links most every day. The first post is rather long as it covers nearly the entire month of March. A daily average is about 3-5 links.
Best of the wine blogosphere for March 2nd through March 29th:
- Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Wines From The 60Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s – Episode #432 –
- Rhone Ranger Rap –
- What I Learned about the Wine Industry –
- 2004 Ridge Vineyards “Monte Bello” Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains –
- Legacy is greater than Currency. –
- SFGate: Wine : After the leap: His celebrated winery sold, Warren Winiarski ponders his legacy – and his next move –
- Some of the Food Culture of La Rioja (warning may cause salivation) –
- Stop Whining About High Alcohol Wines –
- Should Wine Be a Family Affair? – When is it O.K. for parents to give teenagers a taste of wine?
- Portable Wine Tasting Device (no batteries required) –
- Living the Not So Big Wine Life –
- How Much Can You Drink? –
- The Best Grenache in California: Tasting Rhone Rangers 2008 –
- Wine Madness: Riesling and Supermarket brackets – vote your wines thru to the quarterfinals –
- The Limits of Our Knowledge –
- Tiny Shining Star: Matthiasson Wines: 2005 Napa Valley Red and 2006 Napa Valley White –
- The 80/20 Business ruleÃ¢â‚¬Â¦..heck Life –
- Tapping a Vein and Drinking the 2003 Hourglass Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon –
- Full Disclosure in the Wine World and a Few Little Known Secrets –
Instead of recording our Skype call and producing the show for later release, we will be streaming live from Talkshoe. We have invited another group of wine bloggers, writers and podcasters to discuss the burning issues of the day. If you would like a jump on the topics, just head over to our del.icio.us feed and look for “episode 8” links.
The best part of this arrangement is you can call in and be part of the conversation or you can hang out in our chat-room which I will monitor as we record.
We will start the show at 4:00 pm EDT this Sunday, March 30th.
So if you’ve wanted to be on Winecast, now is your chance.
Call in details:
Phone Number: +1 (724) 444-7444
Call ID: 16856
I’ll also record and release the podcast as usual on the feeds after we are concluded for subscribers.
Sometimes posts take several days, or even months, to get published here. Along the way, details are added and subtracted as I think about the story and form an opinion.
This is one of those posts.
I started writing this post on August 2, 2007 after 6 months inside what I began to call, “The Cult of Gary.” Of course, I was a lurker only commenting on the odd episode and not really participating with the discussion Gary Vaynerchuk has led for the past two years at Wine Library TV. And I think I nearly missed the point of why Gary connects with so many people; it’s his humanity.
But the first draft of this post did not mention humanity but focused on the ethics of using a scoring system in his reviews, lack of disclosure on the podcast of being a wine retailer and his unorthodox approach to palate training (I still would like to know what Bob Parker, Jim Laube or Steve Tanzer thought of Gary’s schtick on Conan O’Brien and Ellen). It also bothered me that Gary was so opaque to the wine blogger community who socialize on Twitter and often email each other on various subjects. Each time I hovered over the “Publish” button, something held me back from sharing my insights on the most celebrated wine podcaster in the world. Sometimes it would be to soften the language so it wouldn’t sound like sour grapes, other times it would be something Gary did that provoked more investigation.
So months past and the post stayed in my drafts folder waiting for more context in order to complete it. I found that context last week with this short video Gary published on his personal blog:
I have come to the conclusion that Gary is one of the most influential people in wine today not because he’s got the best palate — although he’s got mad skills there — but in the way he’s almost single handily changing wine marketing. He’s often quoted saying that the wine business is “broken” and he’s trying to fix it. I agree and applaud his efforts in demystifying wine and making it fun for those outside the wine blogosphere. Watching Robert Scoble’s video from last weekend shows this first hand:
My earlier concerns diminished as I realized that those of us in the wine blogosphere are not Gary’s audience. As the hardest working man in wine podcasting, he’s delivering the goods to tens of thousands who would be bored stiff reading about wine. Yes, I’d like to see some disclosure but this seems like a quibble when looking at the amount of good Gary is doing for wine podcasting and blogging.
So I think everyone interested in wine should watch Wine Library TV at least once a week. Because the kid has heart. And skills.