jamie goode's wine blog: wineanorak update

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

wineanorak update

Iím aware that some readers of the blog never venture on to the main wineanorak site. Now that Iím fully freelance Iíll be spending more time writing for both the blog and the main site. The reason I do both? Well, blogging is fine for shorter pieces, but itís a communication medium that doesnít suit some sorts of articles Ė so they end up on the main site. So, to keep blog readers aware of what has been published on wineanorak, I think Iíll do a regular update here describing the latest additions. Here goes:

Recent additions to the main anorak site include
  • Josh Jensen and the wines of Calera: an interview with one of Californiaís top proponents of Pinot Noir, with a horizontal tasting of single-vineyard Pinots from 2004. I liked them a lot, and Josh is a really interesting person with a good story to tell.
  • The wines of Wieninger: tasting the wines of Austrian producer Wieninger, from Vienna (Wien). These were pretty smart wines.
  • What do you want from a wine critic? An opinion piece looking at the characteristics that constitute a good wine critic.
  • Ata Rangi: the wines of this top New Zealand producer reviewed


At 6:05 PM, Anonymous Dr. Vino said...

Hi Jamie,

As someone who had both a "web site" and a "blog" for a while, I'd encourage you to tear down the artificial wall between the two and just shift over to blogging. Besides creating less gray hair for you, it allows readers to comment on what you've written and makes the experience interactive. Many types of blogging software allow you to truncate post length on the main page so length is not really such an issue (providing the quality is there).

If you're worried about losing the page rank on existing pages, you can set up a 301 redirect and the search engines catch up very quickly.

Take the plunge!


At 10:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone who only tends to read the blog, I think your plan sounds good.

At 8:50 AM, Anonymous Laurence said...

I agree that you need a divide; and it needs to be clear to you so it can be clear to us, your readers. As one example, one the 'main' site a month or so ago, you started a review of Kurt Angerer with the sentence,'In winemaking terms, Kurt Angerer is young. Like many of the younger, more ambitious winemakers, heís doing good work, making some impressive wines'. In a blog that's allowable - its opinionated and sets the tone. But in a 'proper' piece I found it a little lazy - how young? in age? or in viticultural experience? who are you comparing him with? 'good work' - compared to others of the same age? or using the same grapes? in Austria? or in his area? Compare that to the Jensen review - whilst the opening paragraph is similar in content and tone, the next paras adds all the details required.
I like and read both the blog and the 'main' site - but they need to be different.

At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Agree that they should be kept separate, but there should be small blog postings linking to each new article in the main site.

At 6:01 PM, Blogger Douglas Blyde said...

I would be honoured if your update extended to a link to my blog, Jamie...

At 5:41 PM, Blogger king bing said...

I like your piece about what one wants from a wine critic, though I thought you might add, 'the ability to write'. Some critics are pretty dull and uninspiring. Neal Martin's note I've enjoyed as they have that element of 'yoof' that's so refreshing. Always enjoy yours too, Jamie!


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