Tom of Fermentation has already declared 2006 the year of the wine blog. Well, I see him one declaration and raise him another: 2006 will be the Year of the Revolution - it may not be televised, but it will definitely be blogged.
The revolution of which I speak (paraphrasing another blogger’s comment from his cave) is the overthrow of the Dictatorship of Style & Taste. For too long, a privileged few have told wine lovers & timid wine newcomers what is good. I see wine & food blogs as key elements in breaking through any notion of a monolithic ‘best style’ of wine.
Example one: Stephen was one of the recipients of my mini blogger-freebie project with Macari Vineyards (superbig shoutout to Lenn & Macari). Stephen doesn’t fancy himself a wine expert. However, he crafted an amazing wine & food pairing with Macari’s Cabernet Franc. He didn’t rate/score the wine; yet he did clearly communicate that this wine makes for a fine dinner companion (he also got confirmation from two neighbors).
Stay tuned for more examples of the blog revolution…