We are all connected.

July 18th, 2008



Ever since I started this blog, I have been graced with some very kind and flattering endorsements. I am grateful to all who have indicated wine sooth as a blog worthy of reading. Taking a moment out of the current whirlwind of activity in my life, I want to acknowledge and reciprocate this kindness.

I read a large number of blogs and wine news services daily. I love Tom Wark’s blog for being at times philosophical, soulful, provocative and always interesting and relevant. One certainly has seen the intellectual sparring between Alder and myself on Vinography. I also appreciate Tyler Coleman’s posts which help keep things light and serve as a barometer of the general public’s views on wine-related matters. I also visit Eric Asimov’s blog regularly as my philosophy and preferences in wine tend to be aligned with his.

In looking for an image for this post, I found the one on the left here. What caught my attention about it is that, like in the wine bloggosphere, there is a central cluster of closely interconnected nodes (blogs) in a network and then there are some peripheral ones. So with full respect and thanks to those who gave me “link love” and some wonderful “attaboys” I want to pay this kindness forward by directing you to some blogs which may not dominate the limelight:

  • Vintners Voice – Oregon winemaker, Jerry D. Murray, may not post daily, but when he does post, he writes with a tender and soulful style that makes me hear the voice and inflections of Garrison Keillor when reading his posts.
  • Tilth, Table & Terroir – Wine maker Nathan R. Carlson (now in Paso Robles), is a really interesting and engaging guy. I love geeking out with him over the technical aspects of wine growing and production. His blog covers a wide range of topics, including food, his travels and his philanthropic involvements.
  • Westwood – notes from the winemaker – Sonoma-based winemaker, John M. Kelly, started this blog as personal journal. It has evolved and now chronicles the transpirings in the vineyard, winery and the surrounding area. Those so inclined can glean some great inside info about the behind-the-scenes activities of a winery.
  • Food, Wine, Baltimore – Neuroscience PhD candidate (and budding food and wine writer) Michael Mohammadi has been able to successfully pull off and ambitious undertaking. He has created a great internet publication with defined focus: wine, food and Baltimore and filled it with robust content – in part contributed by collaborators. Even if you do not live in Maryland, this site is worth visiting frequently.
  • Uncorked – Dayton-based wine writer, Mark Fisher also does a great job of balancing a focus on a “local beat” with keeping a finger on the global pulse of the wine world.
  • 1WineDude – The thing I like the most about Joe Roberts’ writing is that it is level headed and marked by critical thinking. He offers approachable and reasonable analysis which contributes significantly to his blog’s appeal.
  • Two Days per Bottle Wine Tasting – The cartoonist known as “dhonig” is also a wine enthusiast. While I cannot endorse vacuum-based wine preservation systems, I support his approach to tasting. Evaluating wine on the day after it was opened has a solid foundation in wine science, even if that is not the topic of the blog’s discussion.
  • Wine Ink – Stewart Kenneth Moore (a.k.a. “Booda”) is an artist who lives in Prague and does very cool things with wine.

There is one person I’d like to see blog regularly. Morton Leslie is the nom de plume of a Napa winemaker who often contributes comments to this and other blogs. His years of experience and perspective are perfect fodder for a blog. He tells me one day he’ll write a memoir. I would respectfully point out that a blog is a great tool for working out the material which would go into a book.

Finally, a post like this cannot name every blogger out there. I tried to focus on those which I visit frequently. Please keep checking the blogroll here on wine sooth for new and interesting glogs to check out. I would also recommend two great resources. OpenWine Consortium has a list of wine bloggers and Gabriella and Ryan Opaz have a great index of wine blogs here. I encourage readers to visit those resources to explore the world of wine blogging.


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4 Responses to “We are all connected.”

  1. He Said Says:

    Nice blog. Can we be part of the “We” that are all connected? We already link to you.

  2. dhonig Says:

    So kind, so very kind. I’m not much of a fan of the Vacu-Vin either. I am thinking about switching to one of the inert gas systems. Do you have any good suggestions?

  3. Arthur Says:

    Whenever I do have to gas, I use Private Preserve. Of course, any similar inert gas combination will do. Wine Enthusiast sells something with a similar name – and it may just be licensed. For $10/can and the relative infrequency of use on my part, it’s a bargain.

  4. John Kelly Says:

    Vacu-Vin? Private Preserve? What are these strange things of which you speak? A bottle is plonk indeed is it lasts more than a couple of hours here, though sometimes there ARE leftovers come to think of it, and I do judge how well a wine holds up after a day with just a cork in it.

    BTW – thanks for the props, Arthur!