I have been able to convince the fine people over at Snooth.com that I am actually not that bad of a guy and can hold my own when writing about wine (don’t worry, they will catch on soon enough). They have published a few of my articles (Campfire Wines and Serious about Rosé), with a couple more in the works (one is due to be published in early December, so I have been told).
They have also published a few shorter reviews, usually around a specific theme, to which numerous writers around the country contribute. Snooth published another such piece yesterday with a theme of “Special Occasion Wines”, that is wines that are worth spending a little more to mark an event that is worth celebrating. The only guideline given was that the wine chosen for review should be somewhere north of $30 a bottle.
Perhaps not shocking, I opted for a bottle of beloved bubbly, the fantastic Gosset Grand Rosé. But this post is not about me (I know, shocked face), nor about any of the wines that I have been guzzling down as of late. No, this time around I wanted to highlight a few of the other writers that contributed to the piece and encourage you to go and check out their blogs, since they are certainly worthy of your attention.
- Jim van Bergen of JvB Uncorked. Jim is a fantastic writer and his wine reviews are some of the best online. He is based in New York and despite the fact that many New York wine writers seem to take themselves far too seriously (a little bit of Philly bias there), Jim’s irreverent and at times humorous bent is right up my alley.
- Julia Crowley of The Real Wine Julia. Simply put, Julia might be one of the nicest people I have ever had the good fortune to meet in the “wine business.” We were both on a press trip to Lodi, California and she had a smile constantly on her face and even laughed at a couple of my jokes. She is based in Oregon and much of her writing is focused on the wines of her home state.
- Bill Eyer of The Cuvee Corner. Bill is one of the “elder statesmen” of this group as he has been writing about wine for the better part of a decade. His articles often dig a bit below the surface and go beyond the ubiquitous tasting note. I have run into him and the lovely Mrs. Cuvée at a couple of Wine Bloggers Conferences, and there are few people that I would rather share a drink with.
- Alissa Leenher of SAHMmelier. I know I have a penchant for hyperbole, but trust me on this one, Alissa is one of the finest writers (not just wine writers) I have ever had the joy to read. Honestly, every time I read one of her pieces, I come away from it thinking that I have a long way to go to catch up to her. On top of that, she is really a nice person (yeah another area where I need some work).
- Frank Morgan of Drink What YOU Like. If pressed, I would have to say that Frank is one of my better friends in the crazy wine writing world (but don’t tell him that) since when we get together, generally hijinks ensue. He is perhaps the blogging authority on Virgina wines (whatever that means), and he clearly has expensive tastes: the wine he chose for the Snooth article was a cool $300. Funny, he never is drinking that class of wine when I am around….
- Melanie Ofenloch of Dallas Wine Chick . Before the last Wine Bloggers Conference, Melanie and Thea Dwelle came over to our house for dinner and a few bottles of wine. I had not spent all that much time with Melanie prior to that, but I clearly should have. Funny, witty, and oozing Southern charm, Melanie is a true gem. I am looking forward to seeing more of her, perhaps soon.
- Martin Redmond of Enofylz Wine Blog. I have never met Martin, but I have been reading his blog for years, enjoying every article. I particularly enjoyed his reporting of his trip to Champagne and watching his transformation from neophyte to aficionado over the course of a week. I thought it was particularly poignant that he chose a bottle of champagne for this Snooth piece.
- Gabe Sasso of Gabe’s View. Over the last few months, it seems as though I have spent more time with Gabe (first on the Lodi media trip, then numerous times in New York) than with my wife. Gabe has pointed me to so many great people and events that my wife now refers to him as my “wine pimp.” Funny and irreverent, while also knowledgable and savvy, Gabe is one of the finest wine writers I know. He publishes on about 37 different sites, so no doubt most have seen his work.
- Elizabeth Smith of Traveling Wine Chick. Quiet and reserved in person, but outspoken and prolific online, Beth is a wonderful contrast. She gave up her life as a University professor to travel across the country and start working in the wine business. She displays a courage, conviction, and compassion in her writing that few can match.
- Cathrine Todd of Dame Wine. Catherine is another of the New York wine writing circle (I guess it is more of a horde), that I have only recently come to know. I have seen her several times in the city at different events and she always greets me as if I am the most important person in the world (which is always good for the ego–as if it needs any help). I really enjoy her blog as she combines so many elements of the entire wine experience.
- Michelle Williams of Rockin Red Blog. The other (along with Martin above) on this list that I have yet to meet, but I feel like I already know. She is a prolific writer, passionate about wine, food, and music, usually pairing all three in her work. Another Texan whom I am sure to meet in the coming year (particularly since the wine she reviewed for Snooth was also in the $300 range). One downside: she has questionable college football loyalties.
So there you have it, a brief rundown on some other blogs you should be reading. You can see the entire Snooth article here: