James Beard Foundation Awards

Alder of www.vinography.com offers a very cool little aroma guide, and on it is a beautiful piece of prose – ‘from simple grapes, a bit of yeast, some wood and some time, we can taste so much of the world in a bottle.’ How succinctly eloquent! If anything, its proof how wine teaches people to express themselves and the high standard of writing that this new medium embraces. In Veritas Vino starts with a vignette appealing to for the Phillip Roths and Chaucers (who told some good tales about wine himself) after which Alice pleads for wines that ‘tell a good story.’

JBF AwardIn today’s post I would like to take a moment to think about the people who set time aside to tell a good story, because this month many of us will sit with our fingers crossed as we wait in anticipation to see the results of the 2007 James Beard Foundation Awards – the ultimate industry award lending much deserved and prestigious recognition to the people who give of their lives to make other people’s leisure time more enjoyable.

The remarkable thing about the blogosphere surrounding wine and is that most of it is done for the love of it. It is an industry of passion and a labour of love without so much labour and a lot of love. The categories of awards have grown over the years, and it’s great to see that Dr. Vino is in the running for much deserved accolades. The categories range from best graphic design in restaurants, to best bar service and in recent times there are best webcasts or integrated nominees to sites like http://www.ciaprochef.com/, http://www.spatulatta.com/, http://www.leitesculinaria.com/ or Edward Deitch’s ever resourceful and practical columns.

At Grape Thinking we spend a lot of time learning from the multitude of talented and passionate wine and food bloggers out there. Of course the Wine Blog Awards have come and gone, and the nominees for James Beard are out, but we’d very much like to take time over the next two weeks to acknowledge the writers who we think deserve more recognition, and we’ll be featuring some of our friends as guest writers and exposing our readers to a wider array of grapethinking.

Cheers.

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