The first American Wine Blog Awards were given in 2007. Created by Tom Wark and hosted on his blog Fermention, the awards quickly became the leading means of identifying excellence in wine blogging.

Wine blogs are nominated for awards by the general public and the top finalists for each awards category are selected by a panel of judges. Awards are given based on a combination of the judges’ opinions and a public vote.

In 2010, the Wine Blog Awards underwent major changes and administration was given to the folks at the Wine Bloggers Conference. Changes were made to the awards themselves and this website was established as the awards’ home. The year of the award represents the year they are given and received, not the preceding year.

Since 2010, the awards have been presented live each year at the Wine Bloggers Conference. In 2015, the awards will be announced via social media prior to the conference and an awards ceremony will still take place at the conference, allowing winners to make arrangements to attend. Please use Twitter hashtag #WineBlogAwards for discussion about the awards.

  • http://dobianchi.com/ Jeremy Parzen

    why was I able to comment and nominate for other categories but not for best writing? help please… thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/girlwithaglass Alana Gentry

    Tom & WBC team,

    I know how hard you and your team/advisors have worked to develop these awards and have deftly dealt with growing pains. It's good to see that you are continuing to develop the project.

    It's a hard thing you're doing and I give you lots of credit for dealing with questions like mine. I have no doubt that you've had tons of conversations and there may never be answers to best practices for contests/awards.That said, I have a burning question. (smile)I wonder if the self-promotion (via Twitter mostly) for nominations threatens to cheapen the awards making it appear that potential winners are begging for a promotional tool (the WBA logo) for their websites/blogs. It's like producers vying for the Oscar but bloggers are using social media, therefore it is loudly public.The public voting after the nominations are in is the culprit, yes? I'd like to hear the panel's thoughts regarding the purpose behind the public voting. Does it cheapen it when the nominees are begging their social media circles to vote for them? If they don't create buzz/get the votes, they can't win, right?  

    Is the public voting a panacea for the potential accusation of the panel giving awards to a small coterie of insiders/friends?

    Ok, now that I've got the question out of my head, it no longer feels like a burning question, maybe just a nagging thought. Any perspective?


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