American Wine Blog Award winners – and other blogs you should read

The votes have been tallied, added to the jury’s vote (70% popular vote, 30% jury), and the results are now official. The winners for the 2009 American Wine Blog Awards have been announced.

Nice bunch of blogs in that list: Vinography (twice, and a winner for two yars in a row), Lenndevours, The Good Grape, The Wine Collector, Michel Schlumberger’s Benchland Blog, and Bigger Than Your Head, a blog I discovered as a finalist in the 2008 AWBA. 

Congratulations to all, and happy blogging for many years to come.

While I’m at it, though, I’d like to suggest a short, semi-random list of other blogs I like, for various reasons. A very incomplete list, of course. There are just so many interesting ones out there.

If only for style (but it’s not the only reason), try Joe Roberts’ 1 Wine Dude blog. I envy him his ability to make everything sound simple and accessible. I’m working on it.

For detail and depth, try Reign of Terroir, where Ken Payton, these days, has posted a series on vineyard soils. Very serious stuff. A finalist for next year’s AWBA?

Level-headed, focused and knowledgeable, Deb Harkness is the expert on Good Wine Under 20$. But she’s not overly strict. She won’t ignore a terrific bottle selling for 22$, sometimes a little more.

For a blogger who posts faster than her shadow, check out Wannabe Wino, whose constant stream of tasting notes puts just about everyone to shame. If I put up half as many notes, you’d have a lot more to read here.

And for something very new, how about British Columbia’s Wine Bard, who just started blogging March 1st, or Bethany Harpur’s 2nd Ferment, which tells us about a fledgling sommelier’s learning curve. 

I’m, of course, leaving out a lot. Like Bradley Cooper’s Winery Project, about the emergence of his new winery – and a new wine called Black Cloud. And Dirty South Wine… And Alice Feiring, of course, and David McDuff, and… everyone else. I could go on.

Gee. No wonder I can’t find more time to blog. Look at all the great reading out there!

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  1. Posted March 6, 2009 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the mention Remy :) I sit here savoring my last glass of Gewurtraminer for the night and I’ll toast our friends who won awards this year!

  2. Posted March 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    And that’s what typing fast gets you…I left out the “z” drat.

  3. winecase
    Posted March 6, 2009 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    I’m toasting back with Radio-Coteau Savoy 2005, Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. Anderson Valley is the South to Sonoma Coast’s North.

    Cheerz (oops. Cheers, I meant).

  4. Posted March 6, 2009 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the shout out, Remy! Very kind of you.

  5. Posted March 8, 2009 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Merci Monsieur!

  6. winecase
    Posted March 8, 2009 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    It’s a pleasure, Mr Ken and Mr Dirty! ;-)

    I’ll have to do that kind of thing again sometime, to name all the other interesting blogs I didn’t get to in that post.

  7. Posted March 8, 2009 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the kind words, and for mentioning me in such excellent company of bloggers.

    I will try to maintain the standard… but ya know, I’m not promising anything! :-)


  8. Posted March 9, 2009 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the kind mention, Remy. It’s a good time for wine blogging–look at all the talent and enthusiasm.

  9. Posted April 9, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for the props, Remy!

  10. winecase
    Posted April 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    It’s a pleasure, Bethany. Hope your corking skills are improving!

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