jamie goode's wine blog: Shortlisted

Thursday, July 10, 2008


The Louis Roederer shortlist is out today. I was shortlisted for the online category, which was nice. But I also entered three other categories, which I wasn't shortlisted for. A shame, but I guess I'm just not good enough. Here's the shortlist for the online category, which is new this year:

Louis Roederer Award for International Online Wine Writer of the Year 2008

Tom Cannavan for www.wine-pages.com
Jamie Goode for www.wineanorak.com and www.wineanorak.com/blog
Chris Losh for articles on www.just-drinks.com
Jancis Robinson for www.jancisrobinson.com

It's really good that there is an online category, but looking at the judging panel, it will be a miracle if Jancis doesn't win it.



At 11:36 PM, Blogger Paul Tudor said...

Hi Jamie

As much as I love your blog, Jancis is clearly the class act among these pages. And I have NO idea who the judging panel is - on the basis of "online" - well her site is just extraordinary in its own right.


At 8:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Jancis is the clear winner, based on this line-up.

At 9:12 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

anon, you're abusing the privelige of anonymity here. Even if it's true, you don't need to put it so bluntly. Paul, I appreciate that you did this with your real name, and constructive comments like this are always welcomed.

At 7:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

says the man who broadcasts his own nomination on wine pages, under the guise of a plug for Tom Cannavan's nomination.

The ego has landed, it seems...

At 10:09 AM, Anonymous Doug said...

If I were on the jury I would vote for the Wine Anorak site.

I think Jancis's site is brilliant, authoritative and comprehensive. It is probably the best (of its type). It is also deadly serious - like reading the scriptures. Having said that on one review of Languedoc whites and reds I discovered no fewer than a dozen factual errors. (In trying to be too completist you can spread yourself too thin). I find the site designed to appeal to a certain kind of reader - people consult it to find out what they should be thinking rather than to be challenged or provoked. It makes me feel (and this is only an impression) that wine is still something clubby, exclusive and professional.

Wine Anorak appeals to me more because it is obviously much more personal. The design is contemporary, the photos are terrific and I think Jamie is brilliant on wine science and explores wine philosophy - too few writers look at the "human angle". Furthermore, I think Jamie is not afraid to have an agenda and tell us what he likes and dislikes whilst treating the wines on their merits.

As for wine blogs they are meant to invite response. Occasionally, people get hot under the collar because Jamie dares to have an opinion and they are stimulated to disagree with what he says. That's great - controversy is healthy.

Whomsoever eventally wins (and it is just some jury's opinion) has added considerably to the sum of wine writing. In terms of simple communication and a democratic feel Wine Anorak, but who knows what criteria are used in the judging process.

At 12:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my vote would have gone here


At 1:23 PM, Blogger Douglas Blyde said...

Even though he's frugal with the 'link love', I nominate points for Jamie. His site is also free, which counts for something...

At 2:24 PM, Anonymous Ben C said...


I particularly thought provoking articles, of which there are many.

Perhaps when yuo say "A shame, but I guess I'm just not good enough.", you are a rather hard on yourself and could at least add "yet" at the end of your comment about yourself?!


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