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I have long considered setting up a blog specialising in English wine - vineyard visits, grape varieties, tasting notes, local events, where to buy and so on. The impetus is lacking mainly due to the poor distribution and lack of visitor facilities in most vineyards (that and all my other commitments!).

The idea came to the fore again yesterday as I read Ryan's latest post on Catavino. In a nutshell Ryan is advocating that bloggers concentrate on one single area. He mentions that there are over 300 'wine' blogs - each with worldwide coverage - but very few that specialise and offer in-depth coverage of a specific area.

Isn't blogging supposed to be about the LongTail? The idea that in the new Web 2.0 market place is where people can focus on small and smaller niches, allowing consumers to seek out only that which they are interested in with people with like interests and stories?"

A few sites with specific coverage come to mind - Lenndevours covering Long Island, The Cru starting to explore South Africa and Ryan's Catavino on Iberian wine for example. I am still wondering if there is much call for an English wine blog; the market is so small after all. A niche it certainly is though.

Ryan has set-up a site to be dedicated to listing blogs covering specific regions - Wine Blog Atlas - nothing there yet but one to watch to see how the wine blog world develops.

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Here's a new on on "Wine from Israel."
http://israeliwinedirect.terapad.com/
Just launched last week and looks like off to a great start.

I like your post.

"Local" stories are usually the best....isn't that what helps define great wine -- it translates a particular place and people (what you might call THE LAND AND THE HAND). Maybe wine blogs should attempt the same...

I recently started a blog focused solely on outstanding and often unknown wines from Israel.

Would love the feedback.

http://israeliwinedirect.terapad.com

Richard

I think you should do an English wine blog! Why not, you most likely can say you were the first! Plus I hear there are some good wines being made up there, be fun to hear about them.

my blog - www.pinotage.org - which blogs on just one grape variety - Pinotage - and thus of necessity mostly South African Pinotage, has to be be up there as one of the most tightly focused blogs.

Re English wine -- I can see problems getting enough material to have regular updates, but if anyone can, And - you can :)