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02.03.2009

Nominations are Open for the 2009 American Wine Blog Awards

You, dear readers, are here because you "get it." You most likely understand what is the point of a wine blog in the first place. You're out there (here? everywhere?) enjoying finding out about wine and exploring your passion in a new medium. Chances are, if you're like many readers, this is only one of several wine blogs that you read, am_wb_Awards_09.jpgor at least check in with from time to time.

We wine bloggers thank you for your continued support, and in that spirit of support I would like to urge you to participate in the third annual American Wine Blog Awards that are going on right now over at Tom Wark's blog, Fermentation. This set of awards aims to recognize the best of what the English-language wine blogging world has to offer, but it needs input from the most important people in the process: the people who actually read them.

The awards are currently taking nominations in various award categories (8 in all). What I need you to do is go over there and nominate any of the wine blogs out there in the world that you think are worth paying attention to. From the big names to the undiscovered gems, these awards can only be as good as the pool of nominees. If you've forgotten to bookmark your favorites, I've got a list that might jog your memory.

You can nominate blogs that you believe deserve awards in the following categories:

Best Writing
Best Single Subject
Best Winery Blog
Best Wine Reviews
Best Graphics and Presentation
Best Wine Industry Blog
Best Overall Wine Blog

Nominations will be taken until February 8th. Thank you again for your support, not just of Vinography, but of all the folks who tap, tap,tap away here with wine glasses in hand.

Comments (5)

mydailywine wrote:
02.04.09 at 1:16 PM


Can't wait to see which blogs are recognized this year.
You have a very extensive list of wine blogs. It would be a bit more user friendly if they were alphabetized though.

Alder wrote:
02.04.09 at 2:13 PM

Amy,

Thanks for the comments. The blogs are listed in reverse chronological order of when I learned about them. Newest at the top.

Katie wrote:
02.06.09 at 6:46 AM

The only thing I'm disappointed about, Alder, is that Tom hasn't added a category for Best NEW Wine Blog. Not too long ago he put a spotlight on several relatively new wine blogs that are noteworthy, and in the comments to that post, several people noted others (including mine). It was suggested at one point to perhaps add the category to the awards, and as a relative newbie, I thought that was a great idea. But sadly, us newcomers won't get any attention. :(

Alder wrote:
02.06.09 at 9:38 AM

Katie,

Thanks for the comments. Understand your point about NEW blogs, but that's a moving target (new since when?) and as most blogs go belly up after a month, and most of the rest after 6 months, I can understand the avoidance of the New category in favor of the standard that he has -- which is that if you've been around for a year and have at least one post per week on average, then you qualify. Frankly, one post per week average is too low in my opinion. But that's just me.

Katie wrote:
02.06.09 at 9:58 AM

A valid point, Alder, and I do agree that one per week is on the low side without question. I guess my only gripe is that it would certainly bring attention to worthy blogs that otherwise might be getting lost in the din. You can have excellent content, participate in social media, leave insightful comments on other established blogs, and still struggle for readership. While I realize that most of the long-established blogs had the same struggles, helping others in a way that wasn't available to you when you were starting out couldn't be a bad thing. But I do see your point about some blogs going belly up after a few months. Thanks for a fantastic blog, Alder, and for a platform to comment from.

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