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Five things I learned at the Wine Bloggers Conference

By Jessica Yadegaran
Monday, October 27th, 2008 at 12:49 pm in Uncategorized.


1. Able Grape. This is a search engine for wine information with some 38,000 sites and 15 million pages. Call it the Google for Grapes. I was a semifinalist in a blind tasting competition along with the founder, Doug Cook. Great guy.

2. Vino Chapeau. Searching for the honey in a Muscat, I plunked this round, plastic disk on my glass and swirled. When I removed it and sniffed my wine again, it was honey to the third power. Really does what it says: help enhance a wine’s aromas.

3. Alice Fiering, the author of “The Battle for Wine and Love: How I Saved the World from Parkerization,” not only penned a fierce book on palate globalization, but fell into wine blogging at In Vino Veritas by accident, because she was sick of writing “wine entertaining” stories for newspapers that underpaid her. She taught us all to keep stirring the pot. She is also shorter and tinier than me!

4. Cruvee. This social information site allows you to personalize the wine 411 you want to receive. Need recommendations? Want to invite your friends? Want to know who’s making the best wine-related podcasts? This site does it all.

5. Keynote speaker Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV may have had a family business to get him started, but the Vaynerchuk clan had humble beginnings. They immigrated from Russia and lived in a one-room studio. Eight of them. Gary’s father stopped his son’s lucrative baseball card trading business when the kid was 13 and made him work the cash register of the liquor store. During down time, he read the Wine Spectator.

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  • Jon Bjork

    Thanks for the links, Jessica! I’m looking forward to spending more time exploring Cruvee in particular. The Vino Chapeau concept really does work. We regularly use the cheapo equivalent (watchglasses) on top of the tableful of glasses we need to sample to put together blends. The concentrating effect on the aromas helps things go a bit faster. – Jon

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