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12.23.2007

The Current State of Wine Blogging

This may or may not be of interest to most of you readers, but at the invitation of my friend Tim who runs the blog and podcast called Winecast, several top wine bloggers got together for an hour long conference call last week to talk about the state of wine blogging in the world today.

We discussed the beginning of the wine blogs, what's happened since then, and what role wine blogs might play in the future of wine journalism.

The conversation was wine geekery at its finest, and some interesting navel gazing from the point of view of the wine blog scene.

Our hour long conversation is available by podcast -- yes one full hour of this sort of thing -- if you're interested. Spending an hour listening to this sort of conversation might be only barely preferable to getting a lesson in sewage processing techniques for some, but if you care at all about the impact that blogs are having on the wine industry, this might be just your cup of tea. I especially suggest that my readers who are in the wine PR and Marketing fields take a listen.

Tim lists a rough table of contents on his site, so you can also try to selectively find a few chunks that are of interest.

Enjoy.

Comments (5)

Dan wrote:
12.23.07 at 9:26 PM

I listened to the podcast and thought most of the opinions were spot on and the wine you reccomend sounds very interesting as well.

One of the things that initally drew me to Vinography was the writing of wine reviews. I feel as time goes on you review less and less wines and would love to see more! Keep up the great work and have a happy holiday!

Best,
Dan

Greg wrote:
12.25.07 at 10:32 AM

Yes, there are lots of us out there blogging about wine and food. The more the merrier. Just wonder how some get to be superstars and other great blogs wallow in obscurity. Some of you folks out there have terrific information.

Alder wrote:
12.25.07 at 11:52 AM

Greg,

Thanks for the comments. It's definitely a crowded field these days. Those blogs that are more popular (I'd venture to say no one is a superstar -- even the highest trafficked wine blogs aren't in the top 100 blogs on the Internet) are so partially because they were either early entrants or have the weight of an offline publication behind them.

Having said that, however, some have (and will continue to) rise to the top by virtue of producing consistently good content that others want to read.

12.29.07 at 10:40 AM

I am glad I found your blog.

While many may think that the effects of blogs is a damper on the critical side of wine making/tasting, it is refreshing to know that the community has taken to blogging as a way to open the doors to world wide opinion. I mean, what is more subjective than what makes up a GREAT WINE!

As much as I love the Robert Parker's of the world, some of my best wine bottles came from recommendations of people met at dinner parties, or bottles scooped up on a whim. What a joy to know that so many of us are willing to share this experience.

Melanie Wong wrote:
01.02.08 at 5:42 PM

Hi Alder, ENews Monitor pointed toward your piece today.
http://www.bensonmarketing.com/forms/enews_change.html

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