Uncorked: Wine Bloggers Open Up, Get Noticed
While the empty bottles have long been gathered, the words continue to flow following the 2013 Wine Bloggers Conference, which concluded just a few days ago, in Penticton, British Columbia.
The Wine Blogger's Conference has run for six years now, and this year brought together over 200 bloggers who share their love of the ancient fare either in personal blogs or with paid gigs at magazines or newspapers. It's an enormous networking opportunity, as well as a chance to personally meet growers and bottlers, who want to make media connections of their own, and to show appreciation.
It's also a sign of just how much wine blogging's combined and varied voice has grown lately. Increasingly, readers are adding what's served up to their RSS feeds, as digital sommeliers help them figure out what wines go with life in general.
Wine bloggers are far more than individuals who toss one back then bandy about terms like "oaky" or "buttery", "grassy" or "mellow" for the rest of us to decipher. They truly want to broaden the wine-tasting experiences of their readers, trying out perhaps lesser-known wines from around the globe, in search of unique flavors that vintners have brought forth through a variety of secretive techniques. Bloggers Peter and Nancy at Pull That Cork just recently covered their experience with wines from South Africa, while blending in a history of the wine-growing history of the Cape area.
Vancouver's own Mari Kane shares in her blog Tasting Room Confidential her experience traveling to Francis Ford Coppola's vineyards in California, sharing her experience with the wines that have come out of the movie director's personal, award-winning vineyards.
Blogging oenophiles have the same concerns and discussions as those who share their thoughts on other areas of life. Wine bloggers hashed out whether or not they were to be considered "writers" or "bloggers", amateurs or professionals. And, as with many that have heard this oft-spirited discussion have done for years, wine blog and conference participant One Girl... One Glass rolled its virtual eyes in response.Continued on the next page