Winning best overall wine blog in the Wine Blog Awards

It was nice to wake up yesterday to a facebook message from Katie Myers telling me I’d won the best overall wine blog category at the Wine Blog Awards in the USA. It was only this evening, when the results were officially posted on the website, that I really believed it was true.

It’s a lovely affirmation to win awards like this. Tomorrow, I’m doing the final stage of judging this year’s Roederer awards, meeting with the fellow judges to decide who gets to win that award. I think the right attitude to have towards awards is this:

You enter. If you are shortlisted, or win, it’s a great bonus. If you don’t get shortlisted, or get shortlisted and don’t win, nothing is lost. It just wasn’t your year. Maybe one of the judges had a personal grudge against you. Or maybe your work wasn’t great. Or maybe your work was great, but it got lost in the crowd. Or maybe the judges just aren’t smart enough to appreciate what you do.

The important thing is never to get bitter or grumpy about the miscarriage of justice that evidently led to you not winning. Sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t, but if you never enter you never win. It’s always worth the effort entering because of the buzz you get when it’s your time, and you do succeed. You just have to deal with the disappointment (I should know, having been shortlisted a gazillion times for the Roederers, but never having won it.)

So I’m massively grateful to all those who voted for my blog, for all those who read my blog, and I’m massively apologetic to all those out there with much better blogs, but who – for one reason or another – it wasn’t their year.

4 comments to Winning best overall wine blog in the Wine Blog Awards

  • Congratulations Jamie, well deserved

  • Bob Parsons Alberta

    Yup terrific. Here every day!

  • fatfred

    This is a very strange post, Jamie.
    ‘If you are shortlisted, or win, it’s a great bonus. If you don’t get shortlisted, or get shortlisted and don’t win, nothing is lost. It just wasn’t your year.’
    What’s the point of the competition then?
    If it’s just to award you and your mates in the trade – ‘must be Jamie’s turn’ who is it you are trying to impress with it?
    The mugs, like me, who read your blog?

  • Congratulations Jamie, thanks for the advice, its particularly appreciated today !
    Don’t fret fatfred, Jamie just means judging is a very subjective thing and with the Roederer’s the judges change every year. Besides as a past winner I can tell you the strength of the opposition varies from year to year, but winning is very addictive and not getting your fix can hurt ! But how boring if new talent is not recognised.

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