Soothing, Arting, Blogging, Producing
1. Very Promising New Wine Blog
Arthur Przebinda had been known for his Red Wine Buzz web site, but it’s his new blog, "Wine Sooth", that I’m taken with. Arthur’s first posts are smart, opinionated and well-informed, a deadly combination. It strikes me as the kind of wine blog that could gain a wide audience if the pace of posts is kept up. As an aside, Arthur was published in the LA Times today with his response to Joel Stein’s disastrous column of a few days ago.
2. Art, Wine and the Guerrilla
I came across what appears to be a new winery that has done a beautiful job of incorporating what I think is stunning artwork into its label design. Wine Guerrilla appears devoted to Zinfandel and the vineyards that make it great. But its Sean Colgin’s art on the labels that is really worth a look. It’s noteworthy the the winery has procured grapes from both Coffaro and Forchini in Sonoma County.
3. Wine Blogger Conference & Ethics
It seems likely that the issue of Ethics and Wine Blogging will get a good airing out at the upcoming Wine Bloggers Conference set for October in Sonoma County. Already folks at Open Wine Consortium, one of the producers of the Conference, have a very interesting discussion of the topic underway. The question I have is this: Ought the ethics of wine bloggers be any different than the general set of ethics that are applied to columnists at any other journalistic endeavor? I can’t see why they would be. But I’ve been wrong and uneducated before.
4. Productivity & Reward
By 10am today, I shot a scorching 64 on a little par 62 executive course here in Sonoma—a personal best, I got out 4 very good, well crafted and unique story pitches to four publications for a client, I put the finishing touches on some marketing materials for a new wine, I designed and sent off to the printing new business cards and I sketched out the
attack positions I’ll take when I debate sit on a panel with Craig Wolf of the Wine & Spirit Wholesalers Association at the upcoming National Conference of State Liquor Administrators. I LOVE being productive. And that’s the thing about this blog…writing it always feels like the reward I give myself for being productive.