Grab a glass, a computer and… vote

Got a favorite wine blog? There’s so many of those (enough to have caused the emergence of a loose wine-blogging community), that you favorite might be a gem known only to a few hundred readers worldwide.

Then again, maybe your favorite is one of the major pages on the scene. And maybe it’s a finalist in the 2008 American Wine Blog Awards, created by Tom Wark, a wine-sector public relations specialist who also runs the Fermentation Daily Wine Blog. I’m not 100 percent sure how the finalists were selected (the blog entry says that the identity of the judges who made the selection will be revealed after the vote), but what is clear is that it’s your chance to vote, which you can do from the Fermentation blog.

The polls, so to speak, are open until March 28, at Midnight (not clear if that is Eastern or Pacific Time, so do it early).

I think the awards are a great idea, and a reflection of the growth and increased respectability of wine blogs in the wine world. If I may make a suggestion, though: why not call them the North American Wine Blog Awards, which would be inclusive of those of us who write about wine from the Great White North (which is not a euphemism, with the 17 feet of snow accumulated over this winter in my hometown of Quebec City). And if the trend in wine blogging keeps up, we’ll be voting in the World Wine Blog Awards in less time than it takes to say “malolactic fermentation”.

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One Comment

  1. Posted March 26, 2008 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    Hello there,
    Yes I think there needs to be an independent group that administers this. I lived in Sonoma Valley for over 20 years know all the wine makers and have never met Tom. Now, he decides to over see the awards of bloggers, I think blogging is about individuals expressing themselves and should not be rated but appreciated, I read over 200 a week and get no pay but lots of pleasure reading others thoughts.

    I just feel something is not quite right here, but that is what people believe it to be. I would like to see a more independent group as in any legitimate oversight to oversee an award like this.

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