Archive for the ‘Wine Blogs’ Category

Aug 6, 2021

Recategorizing the Wine Blog

The ongoing Wine Media Conference (formerly known as the Wine Bloggers Conference) isn’t the worst place to consider whether “wine blogs” matter enough or are of such consequence today, that they deserve to no longer be segregated into their own separate space? This was the implied question when Cyril Penn, editor in chief of Wine Business Monthly and keynote speaker at the conference today, noted that his publication was in the midst of redesigning their popular morning Daily News email…

Aug 5, 2021

How To Become A Professional Wine Writer

How do you create a career for yourself as a wine writer? This was the question a young, ambitious woman asked me on the phone yesterday. She wanted to reach out mainly to say hello in advance of the Wine Media Conference in Eugene, Oregon where both of us will be today. Our conversation turned to wine writing and the question was posed. I am sort of an odd person to ask that question of since I’ve only written a…

Jul 21, 2021

A Wine Conference for the Passionate

I think it must be clear to anyone to cares to take notice that today there is a far greater abundance of wine-related media at our disposal than at any previous time. I’m not talking about wine-related tweets and posts as these generally are devoid of any real substance or are links to or comments upon wine-related stories published elsewhere. I’m talking about the plethora of wine media offered up in the form of wine publications, wine blogs, podcasts, newspapers…

Apr 19, 2021

The Brave and Attractive Move in the Wine Writing World

One of America’s most prolific wine bloggers, Jeff Siegel, has abandoned his long-standing wine blog for the blue skies of Substack, the subscription newsletter format, and making a buck. The trail of free posts, free observations, and free access to “The Wine Curmudgeon” runs from 2007 to 2021. In that time, Siegel grabbed the mantle of champion of the drinker of cheap wine. Now, he wants to make a buck after 14 years of giving it away for free. I…

Feb 24, 2021

The Plain Facts of Diversifying Wine Writing

Diversity and inclusion in the wine industry have been top of mind for some while now within the trade. And it seems appropriate that this topic has been frequently addressed by the industry’s communicators: media, writers, and reporters. Let’s state for clarity the obvious: There is no downside to a diverse contingent within the communications side of the wine industry. If you need proof of this, think back to the time when blogs emerged on the scene and there was…