American Wine Blog Awards Winners
The two things I was hoping to demonstrate with the American Wine Blog Awards was the diversity of voices and the excess of talent that exists in the world of Wine Blogging. This was important to me for a number of reasons.
Wine writing has traditionally been the domain of large books written by great palates and magazines devoted to a reverential approach to understanding wine. The talented folks who have dedicated themselves to writing about wine and educating the public about wine built created a new kind of sub genre inside literature and reporting and criticism. Quite an accomplishment.
But then came wine bloggers and not too long ago. They had the disadvantage of being bloggers. That is, blogging simply doesn’t have the cache that books and magazines carry. Yet, anyone who has been reading them for any time must realize there is some very impressive and important work occurring in the world of wine blogs. I hope the American Wine Blog Awards have demonstrated this.
With this introduction, we present the
2007 American Wine Blog Awards Winners
BEST SINGLE SUBJECT BLOG:
The Wine Collector Blog
Steve Bachmann of Vinfolio seemed to come out of nowhere in this category. The competition was thick. But take a look at the way Steve approaches issues of concern to wine collectors and wine aficionados. It’s a real service. Steve keeps his blog’s eye trained on the interest of his readers with every post
BEST WINERY BLOG
Josh is the proprietor of Capozzi Family Winery in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. Here’s the thing. Josh hasn’t released a single wine yet. But, his readers have followed him as he names his winery, gets a logo and label design created, deals with winery architects and even as he learns the wine industry. It has been a superb, intriguing effort backed by strong writing and insight.
BEST WINE PODCAST OR VIDEOBLOG
Wine Library TV
Gary Vaynerchuk has created something of a sensation with Wine Library TV. His devotion to his audience and to getting off regular episodes is just the beginning. It’s like watching "Live Action, Full Contact Wine Tasting." More important, Gary’s shows combine a real reverence for wine with an attitude that bleeds fun!
BEST WINE BLOG GRAPHICS
The Good Grape
Here’s a blog that is entirely unique. Its content is focused on business and culture as related to wine. That could be pretty dry. Thankfully it’s not because the author is dedicated to understanding the experience of wine. That pre-occupation with experience shows through in the visual experience he gives his readers. It’s a downright beautiful presentation.
BEST WINE REVIEWING BLOG
Alder Yarrow does not just review a wine, he slays it, dissects it and serves it up for his readers…guts, sheen, pimples, beauty and all. The reviews are in depth stories that bring the reader into the belly of the beverage. But then there are the ratings. Anyone who knows Alder will be at a big tasting looks forward to his mammoth reports on every wine he tasted. It’s a treat…as is this venerable blog.
BEST WRITING ON A WINE BLOG
Dr. Vino’s Wine Blog
Tyler Colman almost makes it nearly unfair for everyone else. His knowledge of the wine industry, the politics of wine and of wines in general is deep and broad. This shows up in his sterling prose that are straightforward, precise and thought provoking.
BEST WINE BLOG
Dr. Vino’s Wine Blog
Tyler Colman has developed a dedicated fan base that was able to put his blog over the top in these awards. Why do they follow Dr. Vino’s writings? Lots of reasons. The bottom line is that it gets it right on a number of levels. The content is diverse. The posts are short enough to be read all the way through yet never superfluous. Reading Dr. Vino is like hanging out with a really cool, very knowledgeable wine friend, not Wine Geek.
Congratulations to all the winners…now go Blog!