What’s the Best Wine Blog?
If you appreciate good wine blogs…
If you want to offer encouragement to the best wine blogs…
...Then you best get over to www.wineblogwards.com and nominate your favorite blogs for the 2010 Wine Blog Awards. The nominations process ends on April 7th.
Awards strike me as a matter of a "Meta criticism", an effort by a large, somewhat well informed group (rather than an individual) to identify the best in a category. This is most certainly what the Wine Blog Awards attempt. The very act of criticisms, as in film criticism, art criticism and literary criticism, is on the wane. The individual, well-read, expert critic is a dying breed as the citizen critic and meta scores seem to carry more and more weighty.
While I don't believe that the work of the traditional, single, lonely, well informed, educated critic is anything at all similar to the "meta score" or the Meta Critic that is an awards process, they do serve similar purposes. Both Robert Parker, Jr. and the Wine Blog Awards attempt to identify the best. That's a worthwhile process.
This is the 4th year the Wine Blog Awards have sought to shine the light on the best of this new genre. In my experience, this process of nominating blogs in different categories is the most important part of the process. This is the moment when that somewhat unknown blog can be nominated and eventually brought to the attention of the judges. This is the process by which we assure certain blogs don't bet overlooked.
I ENCOURAGE YOU TO NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITE BLOGS IN THE EIGHT CATEGORIES IDENTIFIED BY THE ADMINISTRATORS OF THE AWARDS!!!