What A Foodie Needs To Know About Wine Blogging Wednesday
Tim Elliott about the revived Wine Blogging Wednesday, where anyone can participate – even if you’re not a food or wine blogger. Cheers!
By Tim Elliott
Today is Wine Blogging Wednesday 71, “Rhones Not From The Rhône,” and I am hosting the event this month over on my wine blog. So I thought it would be a good time to get Honest Cooking readers up to speed with the monthly virtual wine tasting now starting its 7th year.
Originally inspired by the now defunct food blog meme, “Is My Blog Burning?,” Wine Blogging Wednesday (or WBW for short) was founded by Lenn Thompson from the New York Cork Report (formerly LENNDEVOURS). Similar to the long running food meme, “Sugar High Fridays,” a different wine blogger hosts each month choosing a theme participants follow to select the wine(s) to be tasted and reviewed. In September of 2004 Lenn hosted the first event, “Non-U.S. New World Merlot Under $15USD,” and 17 bloggers participated many of them food bloggers since you could count all the wine bloggers in existence at the time on one hand. Over the next 6 years another 68 events were held before a hiatus in May of 2010. Revived just last month, WBW celebrated it’s 70th edition with 45 bloggers from around the world who wrote about Spanish wine.
Hopefully more food bloggers and readers will again participate in WBW going forward as the intersection between the wine and food blogosphere seems less connected now than when we started nearly 7 years ago. A lot of wine bloggers are foodies and I’m sure many foodies are into wine so it seems like a natural fit.
So when the next WBW is announced, I’ll post here to give you plenty of time to find a wine to write about. And you don’t need to be a food or wine blogger to participate. Just post your notes on your personal blog, Posterous, Tumblr or even Twitter profile and send the host your entry via email to be included in the event round-up post. You can follow along today on Twitter as entries will use the hashtag #wbw71 and find out more about past events at the Wine Blogging Wednesday Posterous.