May 28 2011
A little over a year ago, Tom Wark (PR whiz, wine shipping advocate, blogger at Fermentation and founder of the Wine Blog Awards), and I had an email exchange in which I noted that there seemed to be a, “Been there, done that” sense in the online wine writing scene. My contention was that the genre hadn’t advanced enough and was, “Running to stand still,” to borrow a phrase.
Tom didn’t respond to my thoughts specifically, a pocket veto of sorts. Flash forward 15 months and not only was my observation off base, it was off the map. Tom was right.
Today, online wine writing offers an incredible panoply of voices, niches, and quality, ever-growing and impossible to keep up with. Whatever your wine fetish, you’re going to find a community within a community and quality writing that will educate and entertain with personality and verve.
To wit, already populated by great diversity, the 5th Annual Wine Blog Awards are currently accepting nominations until May 31st. Ceded by Tom for the greater good and now organized by the same group of people who organize the Wine Bloggers Conference, the principal complaint against the Wine Blog Awards has been that they are insider-ish and don’t represent the diversity of writers and voices who are toiling at a high-level in pursuit of the good grape. I have a hunch that won’t be the case this year; the entire contest could be marked by nominated finalists and winners who haven’t previously been acknowledged by these awards.
To nominate your favorite online wine read, please hit the links below.