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You may have seen references to Palate Press across the wine bit of the internet recently; it's official launch is today.

Palate Press is the collaborative effort from many of the best recognized wine voices on the internet, including American Wine Blog Award winners and twenty of the worlds Top 100 Wine Blogs.

The website is edited by W. R. Tish, known in the wine trade as simply "Tish" who previously was editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and has been writing and speaking about wine and food - often with a comedic edge - for more than a decade since.

Deb Harkness is the Wine Review Editor writing about Good Wine Under $20 for two years now. Other Editors and Contributors from the world's top 100 wine blogs include:

  • Gabriella Opaz (Catavino),

  • Lenn Thompson (Lenndevours),

  • Richard Auffrey (Passionate Foodie),

  • Michelle Lentz (My Wine Education),

  • Russ Beebe (Winehiker Witiculture),

  • Joe Roberts (1 Wine Dude),

  • Craig Camp ( Wine Camp),

  • Kori Voorhees (Wine Peeps),

  • Andrew Barrow (Spittoon),

  • Remy Charest (The Wine Case),

  • "Sonadora" (Wannabe Wino),

  • Ken Payton (Reign of Terroir),

  • Tim Elliot (Wine Cast)

In terms of its position within the current wine-media scene, Tish sees Palate Press as a "blogazine," combining the passion of bloggers with the editorial appeal of a broad-based magazine. He adds that the capacity of readers to comment on articles adds a dynamic that makes Palate Press more like talk radio than like traditional print, and he promises:

"We are not afraid of controversy. And we are not afraid to present multiple opinions on wine topics-something you rarely see in the Ivory Tower glossies. We think our approach to the wine zeitgeist will be more realistic, and in turn rewarding for readers. Palate Press is committed to covering wine intelligently, not churning out hundreds of sterile wine ratings in bloated buying guides."

Stories slated for the first month include a soul-searching profile of Bonny Doon's Randall Grahm; an exposé of shady shelf talkers; a surprising look at wine-label regulations; an Eisch vs. Riedel wine-glass smackdown; critical essays on how wine-evaluation systems by major U.S. critics miss the mark; a firsthand look at how the economy has impacted wine-country tourism; and in-depth articles on under-appreciated wines from Alsace to Portugal to Walla Walla.

A piece penned by me on South African wine is already available to read; a further scribble on Alsace is scheduled for today.

David Honig, creator and Publisher, describes Palate Press as "a logical next generation" of wine media.

The hypothesis is simple: collecting the very best of the wine blogosphere and carefully editing and publishing it will create a top-quality and commercially viable online wine magazine. The experiment is well under way, preparing to launch with some of the most talented and best-known wine writers on the internet.

"Clearly the expertise is out there. Bloggers communicate with authority and authenticity, demonstrating particular areas of expertise," Honig notes. "Wherever there is a wine story, there is a qualified wine blogger to write about it." And it's not just bloggers on board: Palate Press contributors include winemakers, retailers, sommeliers and professional wine writers.

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Do you know if the participating bloggers are being compensated or if this is a passion project with the possibility of income depending upon its reception?

No mention of payment was made when initially invited; the calibre of writers is very high though...

Any time you can get such a talented group of people together it should mean good things for all involved. I'm glad to hear that we'll have another source to get first hand honest wine reviews moving forward.

I was initially going to comment that this all looks great and can't wait to read first edition - not to mention that I can't wait to read the Randall Grahm interview as he is coming to Caviste in the Autumn for a customer tasting (any press/bloggers want to come along, let me know...)

Then I started thinking about the comment about payment.Most people get paid for what they do work-wise, so why should anyone writing about wine be any different - so long as it id disclosed they are being paid, then why not? I'm sure Jancis gets paid for her FT column, so why not bloggers?? Maybe that's controversial... lets find out!

How refreshing to know Palate Press will be headed up by someone who writes about moderately priced wines. Geeze; everywhere I look there's more reviews of the $150 and up.

A great new guy who does video reviews of moderately priced blogs is Chris Riccobono; he even did one to choose his own wedding wine. He's on Check it out; he's very relaxed and uses language we can all understand.

Good news!

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