Wine Blogging Is Dead! Again! Long Live Wine Blogging!

Vinted on January 19, 2016 binned in commentary, wine publications

Tom Wark recently asked me to chime in for an article he was considering for his blog, on the topic of whether or not interest in wine blogs was waning. I offered my views, some of which are quoted in his thoughtfully-considered piece.

Grape Collective SpeakEasy

Alive, though maybe not totally well (image: Grape Collective)

As to whether or not I agree with Tom (my bad – see comments) those that might consider that wine blogging has “died without a funeral,” I think we first have to ask ourselves if wine blogging is inherently different from other niche blogging topics. If we accept that it isn’t (in the same way that, say, DVRs aren’t inherently different from one another – they all basically do the same thing at the core, which is record broadcast video media), then Tom is also asking if niche blogging is dead.

To which I would say, No, it’s not dead.

This is the kind of question that gets posed periodically (go ahead, search it) when we see dynamic informal institutions, like online communities, do what they do, which is change (wait, you really expected this stuff to stay static forever? duuuuuude…. wtf?!??).

We shouldn’t mistake community maturation and the movement of engagement discussions from blog comments to Facebook, Instagram, etc., as a lack of interest in the sharing amateur content about wine (which is what blogs inherently are about – sharing info and opinions). Just because one outlet (longer form blog posts) isn’t as popular as another (image-centric, short updates on larger social media platforms) doesn’t mean that people no longer care about the core thing: sharing wine online.

They do care. A lot. There is no lack of interest in sharing content about wine (to wit: see just about any recent stat from Vintank on online wine mentions). And where that content is being shared, influence and money (in terms of what people who read and participate in those updates and discussion will buy) will often follow (though, maddeningly, in ways that are difficult to track, but that’s not the fault of the platforms themselves).

Anyway, if wine blogging is actually dead, then someone forgot to send that memo to Grape Collective, you also recently quoted me in dear-gawd-TMI-bro! fashion when they interviewed me for their “SpeakEasy interview series with influential bloggers.”

I’m not dead yet! I think I’ll go for a walk!

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 18, 2016

Vinted on January 18, 2016 binned in wine mini-reviews

So, like, what is this stuff, anyway?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 14 Bonny Doon Vineyard Cuvee R Grenache (Monterey County): Pepper, beef jerky, and black cherries, all provided in copious volumes. $48 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (Napa Valley): Who slipped all those prickly tannins in there? No worries, they’re just ducky by me. $54 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Gaja Sito Moresco (Langhe): Proving once again that the Moresco clan had its sights on the right sites; kudos to the blenders, too $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Barone Pizzini Saten Franciacorta (Franciacorta): Lingering & gentle, long & toasty, fresh & finessed, so… popped & gone. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Chloe Wine Collection Chloe Prosecco (Prosecco): More texture than you’d expect, but you’d better like ’em fun, floral, & fruity! $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Bring this to dinner, and everyone at the tavola just might thank you profusely. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon (Puente Alto): Fond of your mint? This one will drive your nostrils totally ga-ga. $125 A >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Glen Carlou Chardonnay (Paarl): A Glen Carlou review? Well, it’s creamy, rich, & vibrant, too! Does that little review work for you? $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Gary Farrell Russian River Valley Selection Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Ok.. soooo… this one is case-worthy at that price $35 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Churchill’s 10 Year Old Tawny Port (Porto): This is smoky Tawny that’s whispering sweet nothings into your palate’s willing ears. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
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Face The Faces Of Ruche (At Palate Press)

Vinted on January 14, 2016 binned in going pro, on the road
Palate Press Ruche

image: PalatePress.com

Just in case you’re not quite totally sick of me yet, my latest feature for Palate Press was recently published, with the focus (words and photos) on the unsung red grape variety of Piedmont: Ruchè (I traveled the area last year as a media guest).

Actually, it’s more correct to state that my article (one of two at Palate Press that highlight Ruchè) focuses on the people behind the resurgence of that once-all-but-lost grape variety.

Ruche vineyard 1

Bricco views of Ruchè country. I get this kind of stuff all of the time. Yet another reason to hate me!

And a colorful cast of characters those people are; not surprising, I suppose, given the nature and the story of the variety itself. The Palate Press feature profiles the main vintners behind four of the driving Ruchè forces in the region: Crivelli, Ferraris, Pierfrancesco Gatto, and Garrone.

So… go over and read it, already!

Cheers!

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