Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Wine articles I can't win an award for, and an apology
One thing I learned is, I owe you blog readers an apology.
I haven't put most of my best work on here in two years. Some bloggers run a post telling readers about every little article that runs anywhere, but I haven't bothered to do that*. Geez, if I only read this blog, I'd think, how the hell did this guy win an award?
* I post links to most articles on my Facebook page, but that's a little more intimate space.
Ultimately I did think one post I published here in the last two years might be award-worthy. I'm sorry I haven't given you my best work. Thank you for reading anyway.
If I win an award, I'll share with you what my submissions were. In the meantime, here are my runners-up from the last year: five articles from my gig as California Editor at Wine Searcher that I didn't end up submitting. I think they're all pretty good, but I had to make choices.
The 5 Best California Syrahs
No Stone Unturned At Cayuse Vineyards
Red Mountain: The unsung hero of Washington Cabernet
Richness Brings Reward for Rombauer Wines (I really like this one but could imagine judges saying, "We can't reward a guy who writes about Rombauer.")
Saxum's Justin Smith Keeps Paso Robles Cool
And here were what I thought were my 4 best articles published online between April 2013 and April 2014: two from Wine Searcher, two from my monthly column at Palate Press. They're in alphabetical order, but it's serendipitous because I'd like you to read the last one last.
Boutari's Yannis Voyatzis is a very serious man (I hate the original headline, which I did not write)
I'll Have Some Roussillon, Hold the Rivesaltes
The Science of Bubbles
Wine, Oil and Family: The 3 Stories of James Ontiveros
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