I'm proud to announce that Tablas Creek has again been named a finalist for "Best Winery Blog" at the 2010 Wine Blog Awards. These awards were created four years ago by the tireless Tom Wark (whose blog Fermentation is a daily must-read for anyone in the wine community) to recognize the growing importance of the blogging community on the world of wine and were this year handed over to the nonprofit OpenWine Consortium. The awards (which in past years were called the American Wine Blog Awards) have been opened up to this year to any English-language blog in the world.
As in previous years, your votes will help determine the winners; in the final tally, 50% of the weighting comes from voting by the public, and 50% from the votes of the panel of eleven expert judges (whose names are typically revealed after the awards are announced) who culled all the nominations into the five finalists in each category. So please vote!
The most interesting part of the process for me is always discovering the blogs I wasn't aware of. The Best Winery Blog finalists include two other winery blogs I consider must-reads (4488: A Ridge Blog and Twisted Oak's El Bloggio Torcido and two that I didn't yet know (Bonny Doon's Been Doon So Long and Quevedo Port). How did I not know that Randall Grahm was blogging?
I am particularly proud that Tablas Creek is the only repeat finalist from the 2009 Best Winery Blog category.