Thanks for a great discussion and thanks for posting!

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who came out for the wine blog seminar yesterday.

And thanks to everyone who’s been posting here at Wine Bloggers Unite! Great posts! And let’s keep it alive!

And thanks also to Master Sommeliers Drew Hendricks, James Tidwell, Craig Collins, and Devon Broglie for making us part of the wonderful and amazing experience of TexSom!


Slate: Why are restaurant websites so horrifically bad?

Here’s the link to the Slate post on restaurant websites that came up during yesterday discussion.

A scene from the wine blogging seminar

Please post during the seminar!

TexSom wine blog seminar participants: please post during the session!

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Jeremy’s golden rules to blog by

I’ve been trying to keep this blog impersonal but please allow me to share the “golden rules” that I try to follow when I blog.

1) remember that all blogs — wine and otherwise — are vanity blogs.
2) tell the truth and write “what you feel.”
3) avoid negativity and write about things that you do like.
4) engage in collegiality, solidarity, and camaraderie.
5) follow your palate and listen to your heart.

—Jeremy Parzen

4 categories of wine blogs: pure wine blogs

Pure wine blogs are wine blogs where the authors simply share their impressions for the sake of self-fulfillment. We have called them “pure” (our term) because they are blogging in its purest form inasmuch as they are personal online journals that chronicle the vicissitudes of the authors.*

Alice Feiring.

Rockss and Fruit by Lyle Fass.

Brooklyn Guy Loves Wine.

Samantha Sans Dosage by Samantha Dugan.

So You Want to Be a Sommelier by Levi Dalton.

oenoLogic by Thor Iverson.

VintageTexas by Russ Kane.

The pure blog listed here are considered by many to be taste maker wine blogs. While they may not enjoy the bandwidth of the institutional and commercial blogs, they are significant inasmuch as they are followed by industry insiders and industry leaders.

* Here’s how the Oxford English Dictionary defines the term blog (a shortened version of weblog): “A frequently updated web site consisting of personal observations, excerpts from other sources, etc., typically run by a single person, and usually with hyperlinks to other sites; an online journal or diary.”

4 categories of wine blogs: professional wine blogs

Professional wine blogs are authored and curated by wine professionals — sommeliers and restaurateurs.

Lou on Vine by Lou Amdur (@LouWineBar microblog).

Cherries and Clay by Kurtis Kolt and Jake Skakun.

Vino NYC by James Taylor.

@TerroirNY by Paul Grieco (microblog).

VINfluence by Drew Hendricks.

Vinous Wonderland by James Tidwell.

This category can range from unabashed self-promotion to earnest collegiality.

Next up: pure wine blogs.