By Duane Pemberton
The wine blogging community has definitely stormed onto the scene, with folks coming out of the woodwork ready to share their own opinions and such. I’m a huge fan of that, on principle, as I firmly believe the more people talking about wine, the better it will be for the industry and ultimately the wine-drinker.
With that said, there is a trend amongst the blogging community that I find disturbing and that is this idea that if a particular blog doesn’t “like a wine” they won’t review it. To me, that’s only giving their readers half the story and doing a disservice to wine drinkers everywhere. This is like the little league teams that choose to not keep scores during the games and ultimately give every team a trophy at the end of the year.
I believe that honest criticism of wine is healthy for the wineries as well – even the smaller ones who might be afraid of it. I say, embrace it as it helps hone excellence. Could you imagine the world without the wonderful contrast of success and failure? How would we learn? How would we know what works and what doesn’t?
Personally, I feel that one of the things that makes wine so much fun is the fact that we don’t like everything all of the time – and we should all embrace that. It’s okay. It’s a part of winning and losing.
So when I heard that bloggers were being advised at the recent Wine Bloggers Conference to not publish reviews on wines they don’t like in order to keep getting “free wine” from the wineries – a huge red flag went up. Am I on crazy pills here or is that being dishonest to their readers?
What say you?