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News, Notes & Dusty Bottle Items - Friday Night Edition

More detritus from the wine world that does not make it into full blog post …

American Wine Blog Awards

A quick reminder – get your nominations in for the 3rd Annual American Wine Blog Awards – last chance to vote is midnight on February 8th.
Go here to vote. 

Keith Olbermann v. Bill O’Reilly

One thing about the wine world online is it is generally a genteel bunch, much like the wine industry proper – you do not see a lot of rancorous dissension.  That fosters a very collegial bunch of folks, but it also does not necessarily advance the cause.  To paraphrase a leadership quote, “If three people are discussing a business issue and everybody agrees then you probably don’t need the other two.”
The point is that sometimes disagreeing is a good thing.  Keith Olbermann, archliberal pundit on MSNBC and Bill O’Reilly, archconservative commentator on Fox News, certainly know this as they have jousted publicly on several occasions from very different points of view.

Frankly, in the wine blogosphere, I am glad I have my Bill O’Reilly. 

As my wife says, “You are just like a political commentator – you are polarizing, you have opinions and you call people out.” Hmm … I guess that is one way to look at it, even if I have never considered it in those terms and it should be noted that my wife has more compassion then a pacifist practicing Buddhism, so conflict is not her deal anyways.

That as a preface, Steve Heimoff and I do not seem to agree on much.  Today he has a post as a counterpoint to my post yesterday, and it is about the 6th time he and I have bumped into each other from different sides of the aisle.

Steve’s rich pedigree and credibility in the wine business as a critic and an author means #1 I am flattered that the guy even reads my site and #2 I am glad for somebody to call my bluff so I can keep my proverbial knife sharp.

Check out his post here, just make sure you are clear that I am Keith Olbermann and NOT Bill O’Reilly in this analogy.

Fun with Public Relations

Um, I am not sure what to make of the Riedel-related email I received from a Jessica Guida who breathlessly filled me in on deals at the Riedel web site with coupon codes, while mentioning the American Wine Blog Awards, but it is a curious tactic. 

What are the odds that somebody would randomly email me with coupon codes out of the goodness of their heart?  I am not sure, but it feels like the email I get from the Nigerian woman who has $1M that she needs help wiring to the US.

Check out the email here. 

You are What You Blog?

A really cool site that tries to approximate a Myers-Briggs Test by analyzing blog writing.  This is a must check out - Typealyzer.

I am, apparently, a “Doer” somebody that is:

The active and playful type. They are especially attuned to people and things around them and often full of energy, talking, joking and engaging in physical out-door activities.

The Doers are happiest with action-filled work which craves their full attention and focus. They might be very impulsive and more keen on starting something new than following it through. They might have a problem with sitting still or remaining inactive for any period of time.

A few of your favorite wine bloggers:

Vinography – Doer

Dr. Vino – Doer

Fermentation – The Mechanic

Good Wine Under $20 - Doer

1 Wine Dude – Doer

Steve Heimoff - Doer

Interesting that five of the six are doers.  The categories for analysis include:

The Mechanics
The Duty Fulfillers
The Scientists
The Thinkers
The Doers
The Performers
The Guardians
The Artists
The Socializers

If you have a blog, what is your blog personality type?

Wine Business Network

A little over a year ago I started the Wine Business Network group on LinkedIN.  This past week it crossed the 3,000 member mark making it what LinkedIn calls a “SuperGroup” – a Top 5% group in terms of number of members.  If you’re in or around the wine business, including being a blogger, and a member of Linked IN, make sure you join this group.
You can find the group here.


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On 02/07, Dirty wrote:

That Riedel email is almost a work of art.

“As a frequent reader of your blog”...

“from what I understand, Riedel is a sponsor of the 2009 American….”

What get me here isn’t that they are emailing a special deal (that is fine)-  But that it is such a shill and a lie…

I came up as a “doer” as well.

On 02/07, Jeff wrote:


I was going to put you in that list on the personality assessment, but after seeing the nominations for the Am. Wine Blog Awards, I realized you’re already rockin’ a fan club bordering on cult.  wink


On 02/11, Sonadora wrote:

Oddly enough, my blog comes up as not one of the choices on your list…I’m apparently a socializer.

On 02/11, Jeff wrote:

Ah, you are right, Sonadora—not sure how I missed that.  I updated the post, and checked Wannabe Wino—indeed you are a Socializer—but, then, I knew that, having seen you in action at WBC.

I hope to catch up with you at WBCII this summer and socialize with you!


On 02/12, el jefe wrote:

I seem to be a Doer too - that was fun, thanks!

On 09/16, Promotional Bottles wrote:

Bloggers unite!


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