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The Future of the Wine Blog Awards

by Allan on September 2, 2014

The Wine Blog Awards have now operated eight years in a row, generate hundreds of nominations and thousands of public votes each year, and provide valuable exposure for wine blogging in general and quality blogs in particular.

At the same time, every year brings suggestions about how the awards process should be changed and improved. We are always open to feedback and invite your participation in a survey (link below) to provide your opinions now.

Created by Tom Wark in 2007 and initially hosted on his blog Fermentation, the awards quickly became the leading means of identifying excellence in wine blogging. Wine blogs are nominated for awards by the general public and the top finalists for each awards category are selected by a panel of judges. Awards are given based on an equal weighting of the judges’ opinions and a public vote.

In 2010, the Wine Blog Awards underwent major changes. Changes were made to the awards themselves and the website was established as the awards’ home. Tom Wark withdrew from managing the awards and the organizers of the Wine Bloggers Conference volunteered to take on this task. The awards are presented live each year at the Wine Bloggers Conference. There is no budget for the awards and the entire process is currently managed by one volunteer and a panel of volunteer judges – a system that needs changing to be sustainable.

Please provide your feedback on the current state and future direction of the Wine Blog Awards here:

  • Steph Timo

    Is this open to Australian wine blogs?? I manage a great, informative grape and wine blog:

  • David Thompson

    I too have a wine blog and I have been reviewing a number of vineyards and winemakers. The one that has caught my imagination is Solis Winery. People must check this out

  • As a wine enthusiast, my travels have taken me to a wide variety of vineyards and wine areas of France and Italy, and of course to the wonderful gardens of the wineries and surrounding places. Such spectacular fountains, planters and statuary! Citrus and olive trees in beautiful planters, stone statuary in the midst of bubbling fountains, elaborate terra cotta creations…. Imagine my pleasure, then, when I walked into Authentic Provence in West Palm Beach, Florida. In a beautiful environment of running water and good smells, the owners have sourced one of the finest collections of European garden antiques that I have seen in the USA: statues, fountains, planters (note especially the classic Caisse de Versailles, and Anduze pottery), terra cotta shields, stone animals, copper pots, garden spouts, etc. They also have beautiful stone fireplaces, re-purposed tiles, and many other specialty items. They are available online at, and can arrange shipping anywhere in the US. Well worth a visit!

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    blog. I am a wine addict and I am specialized in French ones. I have
    contacted several of them and this one is really a funny guy

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