The Amazing Wine Drinking Ass
My email box tends to be full most of the time. Not as full as others, but full enough. The cool thing about FERMENTATION is that most people who want to write an email about something I’ve written tend to just post a comment.
But sometimes they send an emal and don’t comment. Sometimes they don’t leave a name either. Sometimes there vocabulary is, well, descriptive. For example:
"You and your F*cking wine blog awards can kiss my wine-drinking ass. You are nothing but a self promotional whore who’s opinion is worth about as much as the ones and zeros they are delivered by. Nothing!!!
"How coincidental that that two of "wark communications" clients won awards. What a scam. The least I can say about you is at least you didn’t give one to yourself. How did that happen Mr. Fermentation?
At least folks like the Wine Spectator and the other wine rags are up front about being bought out. Their ratings are their payback. But your little awards are deceptive, there to promote your clients, and just another way to get your name on the Internet.
I have an idea on how to change them: Junk them."
Is it just me, or is anyone else curious top see this e-mailer’s "wine drinking ass" in action? Maybe that’s not exactly what he meant.
I’m not sure what to make of this e-mail other than someone is angry. I understand that. I get angry too. But it might also be an indication that there are others who have questions. So for the record, no Wark Communication clients won any of the Amerian Wine Blog Awards. As for the "self-promotional" part of the charge, There’s no question that visits to Fermentation jumped as folks were making nominations and voting. However, it should be noted that in the press releases that announced the finalists and the winners that was sent over the wires and to about 600 wine and food writers, I could have made Fermentation the only link in the release, rather than placing links to all the finalists and the winners. That sure would have driven traffic to Fermentation.
I’d also note, for the record, that there is no evidence and has been no evidence that the Wine Spectator sells ratings. Imagine the one thing that could put that magazinie out of business: Selling ratings. Doesn’t happen and won’t happen. And if you think it does that only means you recently got a rating for your wine from them that you didn’t think was deserved or you have no idea what you are talking about.
So yes, my e-mail box is often full. But today there is one less e-mail sitting there.