Back in April I wrote about my perception of the intended audience of wine blogs and wine writing, which at times seemed (to me) to be other writers and bloggers instead of wine consumers. In that article, I also postulated that some of that “inbred writing” was a good thing, because it meant that a good portion of wine bloggers were in fact wine consumers who were sharing their experiences on-line with other wine-blogging consumers, and that this would ultimately have a positive impact on the wine industry as a whole.
I also offered up one example of such an uber-consumer, The Wine Whore:
“Take someone like The Wine Whore, whose blog unabashedly exists solely on the premise that it will feature a wine review in exchange for receiving a sample (no guarantee it will be positive, thankfully). A lot of people (especially wine writers) will probably hate that idea. I love that idea.”
Reaction to The Wine Whore blog has been mixed, especially within the wine blogging community itself. Some view the premise as an affront to wine writing. Others think the idea is a well-needed smack-in-the-face to an industry that too often takes itself far too seriously. I sit squarely in the latter camp. Usually.
I caught up with Randy Watson, the man behind The Wine Whore, to see how the blog was getting along nearly six months into its young life. In summary: pretty well, despite its detractors. Randy’s twitter account numbers nearly 6,000 followers, and he has a sizeable friend base on facebook as well – and no, they’re not all wineries and PR folks…
Check out the interview with Randy below, and share your thoughts on whether or not The Wine Whore is a bane, or a thing of beauty…
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Giveaways – they’re back. With a vengeance.
I’m teaming up with Sony Music to give away some killer jazz classics, and to hook you up with some American wine.
Many of you know that I’m a music buff, and that I dabble in “Real Life Rock Band” by playing bass guitar for the Steve Liberace Band. Probably wouldn’t come as a surprise then that I enjoy pairing music with mood and food, almost as much as I do pairing wine with mood and food.
Now it’s time for YOU to talk about how you’d pair some awesome jazz with your favorite wines.
Here’s how this thing will go down:
- Peruse the embedded widget below, which contains selections from five killer jazz albums (I’m especially fond of the Brubeck, Miles, and Tito Puente selections myself).
- Think about what you’d consider an awesome wine pairing for one, several, or all of the cuts.
- Leave a comment on this here post, telling us what wine you’d pair with your selected track(s), and why you think it’s a killer pairing.
The widget has some sweet jazz cuts from the following albums: Tiempo Libre: Bach In Havana , Miles Davis: Sketches of Spain , Charles Mingus: Ah Um, Tito Puente: Dance Mania, & Dave Brubeck: Time Out.
If you can’t find something you like to pair with a good glass of vino out of that selection, then I’d say you have no hope of digging jazz. I should use this opportunity to point out that Mingus, as a bass player, kicked all kinds of a__.
On Monday, June 8th 2009, I will select a random winner from the comments, using a top secret procedure that involves my dog (no further details will be given – trust me, you don’t wanna know!). The lucky winner will get hooked up by Sony Music with copies of the 5 recordings featured in the widget, as well as a gift certificate from www.americanwinery.com so you can buy some wine to pair with your new tunes!…
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This will probably show just how large of a rock I’ve been living under, since I’m just coming onto this now and their domain has been registered since October of last year…
Anyway, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has (relatively) recently teamed up with Jancis Robinson, as well as a few regional promotional groups such as the German Wine Institute, to release a series of three-minute educational videos on wine. Each of the vids focuses on a particular winegrowing area or country within a region (e.g., Europe, the Americas, South Africa, ANZ…).
I’m a fan of the WSET (I hold their Intermediate and Advanced certifications), and while I feel that their fees are relatively expensive, I can personally attest to the high quality of their courses and the relevant wine experience that they provide. Those of you in the Philly area that are interested in WSET classes should check out PhillyWine.com – I personally know a few of their instructors (Mark Cochard, Charles Austermuhl, and Neal Ewing) and they’re nice and very knowledgeable guys.
Anyway, the WSET vids are aimed at beginners, so I’m not sure how much 1WinDude.com readers will get out of these, but they’re well done and at least worth giving a quick look: