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Please Welcome Steve Edmunds

Dear readers, I am pleased to announce the addition of a new voice to Vinography. Steve Edmunds, proprietor and winemaker at Edmunds St. John winery in Berkeley will be a regular contributor to Vinography moving forward. Steve will be writing about his relationship with wine, his adventures in winemaking, and the unique perspectives he has on the mingling of his business, his life's work, and his passions.

I hope you'll give Steve a warm welcome, and I hope you enjoy his writing as much as I do.

Here is the official press release:

For Immediate Release: July 25, 2005


Edmunds St. John proprietor to be a regular
contributor of essays on wine and winemaking

San Francisco, Calif: Vinography.com, the world's leading wine blog, will now regularly feature the writings of winemaker Steve Edmunds of Edmunds St. John winery in Berkeley, California. The addition of Edmunds' writings about his experiences as a winemaker and wine lover firmly establishes Vinography.Com as the leading source for passionate new voices in the independent wine press.

Edmunds, in addition to being a full time winemaker, is an essayist, poet, and songwriter who, several years ago released a CD of his songs entitled Lonesome On The Ground. A self-taught vintner, Edmunds has generated a cult following for his high-scoring wines despite deliberate attempts to avoid courting the consumer market or the critics.

An Alternative Voice in the World of Wine
"As a winemaker I believe in letting the grapes tell their own story of who they are, and where and when they grew, which to me means not deciding ahead of time how the wine is going to taste," said Edmunds. "I take a similar approach to my writing about wine; it involves not only being moved (or not) by the wines I drink, but trying to find a way to let some facet of the experience express itself in words, in a way that may offer the reader a way of thinking about that experience differently from what one usually encounters in wine-tasting notes. Vinography provides an opportunity to speak about wine outside the conventions of traditional media outlets and to an audience focused on the stories behind the wine."

"The first time I read Steve's writing on wine, I knew I had met a kindred spirit," noted Vinography founder and editor, Alder Yarrow. "He writes with a passion and a clarity that is so rare in the wine world. Even if you know nothing about wine, reading Steve's work brings you close to the magic and the mystery that motivate winemakers and wine drinkers alike."

Edmunds will be a regular contributor to Vinography.Com, which will feature highlights from his collection of essays and newsletters as well as new work on an ongoing basis.

Vinography.Com is the leading wine blog on the Internet. Founded in 2004 by Alder Yarrow, it provides wine and restaurant reviews, essays on wine, and wine news on a daily basis to thousands of readers around the world. The recipient of the 2004 Food Blogging Award for Best Wine & Spirits Blog, Vinography is dedicated to providing a new kind of voice in the wine press.

Steve Edmunds is the proprietor and winemaker of Edmunds St. John winery in Berkeley, CA. Founded in 1985, Edmunds St. John produces small quantities of hand-crafted wines including Pinot Grigio, Roussanne, Gamay Noir, Syrah, and several white and red Rhone style blends.

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Alder Yarrow, Vinography.Com
415.730.3209 or [email protected]

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