A Great Wine Critic Takes On The Blog Format
Charlie Olken has a blog.
Big deal. New wine blog on the block.
But wait. Consider the context: If I'm not mistaken, Charlie Olken's foray into freely accessed, on-line publishing in a diary-like format marks him as perhaps the most wine-experienced blogger in America. Charlie has for more than 35 years been publishing the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, a newsletter that is and has been highly respected by winemakers, the wine trade and the wine obsessed.
There are a few other folks who have been involved with American wine publishing and commentary longer than Charlie and who, like Charlie, are still involved.
I've knew Charlie would stake a claim in the blog world before he knew it. I knew this because he is a semi-regular commenter on this blog and others. Frequently, when he leaves a comment it is longer and more insightful than the post upon which he is commenting. This is both somewhat depressing and edifying to me, but also inspiring. You've got to like it when smart folks comment on hour blog. However, it has been clear to me that a person with the depth of knowledge that Charlie possess and with the motivation to leave extensive comments on another person's blog and with a history of publishing under his belt, he is clearly a candidate for his own wine blog. And we finally have it.
The Connoisseurs' Wine Blog appears on the home page of the website for Olken's Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine.
It appears that we will be getting daily updates on the blog, with each day dedicated to a different category of posts such as:
In my view, based on reading the content of his new blog and his many comments on my and other blogs, Charlie Olken is at his best when he delves deep into the meaning of wine criticism, the history of the California wine industry, and, of course, when he reviews wines. I suspect (and hope) that these topics will flow regularly from his keyboard.
The bottom line here is that with the appearance of the Connoisseurs' Wine Blog we have regular access to the thoughts and analysis of one of the most experienced wine minds in America.
This is going to be a treat.