The Terroirist Has Arrived
That said, go read TERROIRIST: A Daily Wine Blog.
It's new, it's good, it's smart, it's daily and it's on my "to read" list.
TERROIRIST is the creation of David White, a Washington, DC based writer and communications consultant who has an eye for the curious, the cultural, the political and the sweet delights of wine. Just as important, White can write! In fact, if you want an extended example of White's writing talents I highly recommend a story he wrote for the recent issue of The World of Fine Wine: "States of the Nation", an outstanding piece on the state of wine regulations and laws in the United States. It is superb.
The challenge that White has laid down for himself is of benefit to his readers, but truly a challenge that many a wine blogger has failed at:
"Some wine blogs offer value recommendations. Others seek out hidden gems or catalogue tasting notes of impossible-to-acquire bottles. Some cover politics, others examine different viticultural and vinicultural techniques. Many cover the wine industry. Just about all sit dormant for weeks at a time. Terroirist.com was launched on November 9, 2010 to change all that – by covering everything, daily."
Daily blogging is hard. I can tell you that from experience. But, being a writer by profession, I have confidence that White will make a go of it. He'll be aided in this effort with the help of a crew of "Terroirists" who also write on the blog including Ainsley Adams—a graduate student and wine geek in Baltimore, Greg Golec—a project manager from Chicago, Kristin Redding—working at a creative consulting firm in Chicago, Andrew Feldson—A New York City-based wine geek, and Robbie Scrum—a colleague of David's at Keystone Communications in DC.
The content is spectacularly diverse and compelling at TERROIRIST. You'll find everything from a defense of Robert Parker and commentary on the FourLoko controversy to reviews of winery visits and round-ups of the news. Posts at TERROIRIST are not overly long. They are festooned with photos and they are generously linked. Again, all very, very good.
It makes me very happy when I can write posts about new and compelling wine blogs. Today I'm happy.