The world of blogs is amazing. I have a Google alert set up to let me know when a blog entry about Tablas Creek is posted (if you haven't checked out this service, it's well worth doing; click the link above). I got an alert yesterday that a blog aggregator (a sort of robot blog that searches for content on other Web sites and blogs on a particular topic and posts it automatically) had included a mention of Tablas Creek in a story about Ted Allen's favorite California wineries. I tracked it back (through another aggregator) to the original story in Out Traveler magazine (also pictured to the right).
There are real ethical issues with blog aggregators (which often slurp content and republish it with limited or no attribution) but that's a story for another time. In this case, I was just happy that it gave me a chance to be alerted to a story that I hadn't heard about.
For those of you who don't know Ted Allen, he's the food and wine expert best known from Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy series, and he's also the host of the PBS wine education series Uncorked (which featured Tablas Creek last year). To be picked as one of his five top California wineries is a pretty nice bit of recognition.