Archive for the ‘Wine Blogs’ Category

Jun 15, 2015

The Annual Wine Blog Filter Is Announced

Finalists in the Wine Blog Awards have been announced and public voting is open. What’s notable about this year’s crop of finalists is the relatively high number of new blogs that have never showed up at this point in the process. Another way of putting it is that many of the “old guard” that have often appeared as nominees over the past several years have been eclipsed by a new crop of writers. {{{{PLEASE GO INVESTIGATE THE NOMINEES AND VOTE!}}}}…

May 27, 2015

The Cynic Vs the Wine Bloggers

The Hosemaster of Wine, the wine industry’s real curmudgeon, believes it’s time for professional wine writers (Karen McNeil in Particular) to deliver to wine bloggers a very specific message: “You aren’t any good at what you do and you are unworthy of respect.” The Hosemaster imagines Karen McNeil addressing the coming Wine Bloggers Conference in this fashion: “Even if it is what you want to be, I’ve read most of the nominated and award-winning wine blogs, and you don’t have…

Nov 20, 2014

Thoughts After A Decade of Wine Blogging

Over the last ten years this wine blog has published 2,873 posts. This equates to 1.1 posts per week day since November 2004. So, I can say, at the very least, that I’ve achieved the “Daily” part of this blog’s name: FERMENTATION: The Daily Wine Blog. I can’t say for sure what else I have accomplished. I never set a goal for this blog at the outset or since. I only wanted to say things about wine, culture, politics and…

Aug 19, 2014

Sober Advice From Two Wine Publicists

What is the value of courting the media if you are a wine industry participant? To whom in the media ought wine or product samples be sent? Should winery owners express and publicize their political positions? What constitutes “news” in an industry built around producing a beverage that will get you drunk? When should you offer a member of the media an exclusive story? Is there ever a good reason to ask a wine reviewer to re-taste a wine after…

Jul 22, 2014

Wine Bloggers and Their Awards Deserve a Change

This blog was recently honored with “Best Industry/Business Wine Blog” at the 2014 Wine Blog Awards. That achievement made me very proud. I’ve spent nearly a decade working fairly diligently at FERMENTATION. In many ways spending almost a decade pondering, writing and generally getting stuff off my chest keeps me sane and centered. Along those lines of writing and pondering, and to a degree staying sane, I have some ideas about The Wine Blog Awards, and particularly how I think…