American Wine Blog Awards: still time to vote… and to argue

Folks, if you like wine blogs in general – and certain wine blogs in particular – you still have a little over a day to vote for the finalists of the American Wine Blog Awards, the main recognition offered to wine bloggers for their passionate efforts to present different points of view on their – and your – favorite drink.

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It’s AWBA time again

It’s that time of the year again. The Oscars, the Grammys… the American Wine Blog Awards.

These Wine Blog Awards were created by Tom Wark of Wark Communications and the Fermentation Blog, one of the most widely read wine blogs on the web. They are now in their third year, and were created with an interesting mix of public voting and judging in mind.

Right now, until midnight tomorrow, February 8, you can nominate your favorite wine blogs by simply leaving a comment in the appropriate category on Tom’s blog (please feel free to nominate this blog, if you’ve enjoyed it – just not in the graphics category…). From there, a panel of judges will select four blogs in each category as finalists. And then, the vote will be open to the public again. The more suggestions at this point, the better the chances for the finalists to be representative of what people are reading and enjoying in the growing world of wine blogs.

So go ahead and nominate. Then come back and vote, when the finalists are out. A little recognition goes a long way for wine bloggers, who more often than not are doing this in their spare time, with little or no revenue in return.

Published in: on February 7, 2009 at 3:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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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”.

Published in: on March 23, 2008 at 5:35 pm  Comments (1)  
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