In the heart of the matter is wine and vine and winemaker and beyond. Reading a comment recently published by Jancis Robinson “Meeting the Wine Bloggers’ and it was in response to her visit to Virginia for the Wine Bloggers Conference 2011. I wondered and had to re-read her blog entry to grasp for what seemed to be a relatively negative view of the wine blogger–it is not clear that it is wine writers from the event or wine bloggers experience in just the past few months lead her to write this article. I looked at the photo and it was clear to see it was WBC11 so maybe it was this core experience that prompted her entry. She does say “…and the ability to comment on what anyone else writes without risking a thing.” I think she is suggesting that online wine writers can say whatever they want because they don’t have anything to risk? That is a view that cannot and does not describe all wine writers online or not. Jancis does say (bloggers) don’t have to give their real name or location. She also says that “for the record” in a person who protestes-too-much-kind-of-way that she is not a blogger.
I was surprised at the overall tone of her review. And it was disappointing as I enjoyed talking with her for a very short moment and to see how she was so interested in the WBC program. And for the longest time I enjoyed reading her articles in the Financial Times. I do believe that her view was not encompassing of many wine writers and many that I know personally who take wine writing seriously and responsibly.
Now, onward and upward and more importantly to talk about what I enjoy–wine and the people who make it and the people who enjoy it. For me wine writing is privilege and something that I take seriously. And in the heart of the matter–what is important is that there are people who are behind each bottle; the vineyard workers, wine makers, tasting room personnel and so forth. I am always concerned with that the most judicious and consistent view of wine. And in my experience, I have touched wine on so many ways—talking in public, working on metrics on the wine industry and social media, wine reviews and writing.
And in the heart of the matter is that passion for wine and people is at my center focus.
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