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A Nice Way to Start the Week

James-Beard.jpgI've learned this morning that Vinography has been nominated for a James Beard Award, in the category of "Individual Food Blog." Yes, I know, this is hardly a food blog, but wine is food, right? While the category name doesn't include wine, the description, does, however, and I'm thrilled -- utterly thrilled -- to have been included.

My fellow nominees are at the top of their respective games when it comes to food. If you haven't heard of Cannelle et Vanille or Hunter, Angler, Gardener, Cook you should take a cruise on by their sites.

While this is a moment of celebration (yes, I'm doing a little happy dance here at my office, and generally being much more unproductive than usual) it's also an opportunity to give great thanks to you my readers, who have kept coming back here every day for many years to read and comment on my musings. You're much of the reason I keep this up day in and day out.

Now I just need to figure out whether I'm going to make the trek to New York in May to attend the ceremony. I'm leaning towards yes, but I think I might need to find something to wear.

Cross your fingers for me!

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The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson Wine Grapes The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson to cork or not to cork by George Taber reading between the vines by Terry Theise adventures on the wine route by Kermit Lynch Love By the Glass by Dorothy Gaiter & John Brecher Noble Rot by William Echikson The Science of Wine by Jamie Goode The Judgement of Paris by George Taber The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil The Botanist and the Vintner by Christy Campbell The Emperor of Wine by Elin McCoy The Taste of Wine by Emile Peynaud