Wine Word of the Week: Wine writers

By Kori ~ July 3rd, 2010.

This week’s Wine Word of the Week is wine writers.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Wine writers is an imprecise term that includes all those who communicate through the various media on the subject of wine. Some of them style themselves wine critics (notably the consumerist Robert Parker) while such literary stylists as Hugh Johnson and Gerald Asher are undoubtedly wine writers. One sort of commentator hardly ever writes at all but occupies regular slots on radio or television, often reaching a much wider audience than any author could hope to. And myriad wine websites have provided some wine writers with an international reputation far quicker than in usually possible with the printed word.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
Wine writers are people who write about wine, no matter whether their platform is a blog, a newspaper, a magazine, or a book.

Since I spent last weekend at the Wine Bloggers Conference, the subject of wine writing and wine writers has been at the forefront of my mind. So please forgive me if this week’s word seems a bit elementary.

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Reader's Comments

  1. Cork & Foil | July 4th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Here here, glad to you see you have come back with a wine writer buzz Kori, there are other advantages too, ever been to a wine fair with a “writer” badge? The stalls fall all over themselves to give you samples, ahh the perks!

  2. Shona | July 5th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I agree with you and the definition of wine writer. Too much time spent trying to define what a wine writer or journalist is and between traditional media and the new media of blogging and Twitter. We all have different styles and use different platforms. We all love wine and that is what unites us.

  3. Kori | July 6th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Cork & Foil,
    Yes, it is always interesting to note the differences in treatment if you are wearing a media badge or tasting anonymously.

    “We all love wine and that is what unites us.” Amen!