I was initially hoping to post about my experiences at the 2nd Annual Wine Bloggers’ Conference as I was experiencing them, but between the Internet connection problems at the hotel, my dying laptop, and my being slightly overwhelmed by the whole experience, those updates only made their way onto Twitter.Since then, I’ve been a little slow to write-up my experiences. Partly, the delay is due to my having learned and experienced so much that I’m still trying to organize my notes and thoughts; partly, the delay is due to my coming back to a ton of work; and partly, the delay is due to my having to cull through over 1000 pictures from the 3-day event. However, I’m ready to end my silence and to start sharing.
With that in mind, this post is solely about recognizing the 2009 American Wine Blog Award winners. As you may know, in an effort to draw attention to the best in the Wine Blogosphere, Tom Wark fromFermentation: The DailyWine Blogcreated and has organized theAmerican Wine Blog Awardsfor the last three years. As the awards have grown in popularity, Tom actually is handing over the reigns of these awards, but not before the wine bloggers at the WBC09 had a chance to recognize Tom and the 2009 American Wine Blog Award winners for their contributions to the world of wine.
As with many “award shows,” the 2009 Wine Blog Award winners had a few moments to give an acceptance speech.As a sign that we were among a tech-savy group, the speeches were given not only in person by the recipient or by designees of the winners, but also over iPhones by one winner who was stuck in traffic and through video by another winner who wasn’t able to make the conference.
Benchland Blog | Michel–Schlumberger Wine Estate Judd, one of the authors behind Benchland Blog, was stuck in traffic and unable to accept his award in person. However, that didn’t stop him, as Tom Wark held an iPhone up to the mic, this way we could all hear Judd’s acceptance speech.