Taking a traditional print media wine column on-line doesn’t necessarily make it a wine blog, but does putting a bunch of wine bloggers together create a legitimate on-line magazine? We shall see.
Enter Palate Press. Recently launched and now in its second week, Palate Press is the brainchild of Attorney, Wine Writer and Cartoonist David Honig, who says
I created PALATE PRESS to help wine lovers find the very best content the internet has to offer. Too many terrific stories and talented writers were being missed just because there are so many different wine sites. Now, at PALATE PRESS, you can find it all in one place. The stories in our inaugural edition demonstrate just how much talent there is out there, and just how much value the virtual pages of PALATE PRESS can provide by bringing them together.
Honig serves as the magazine’s publisher, which can often involve herding cats — or perhaps feel like it, anyway. At the helm of Editor-in-Chief is W.R. Tish, or simply “Tish” in the wine world. Former editor of Wine Enthusiast magazine, Tish was also behind the 2009 April Fool’s Day Dregs Report, that included our story Give Birth to Your Own Little Sommelier. Both Joe and I have signed on as Contributors, and you may recognize the names of some of the other writers and editors from twitter.com or in comments on Another Wine Blog. Each brings his or her own “special sauce” to Palate Press.
This week, Palate Press includes a story about the group called the Urban Wineauxs and its creator and wine mistress Iris Allen. It’s called Tasting Clubs: Solving the Mystery One Glass at A Time, and you can find it under The Wine Life tab. We just returned from a trip to Dallas and an Urban Wineauxs Wine Dinner at Ken Rathbun’s five star restaurant, Abacus. You’ll hear more about our trip soon, but we wanted to let you check out our article in Palate Press in the meantime.
Another interesting story on Palate Press deals with nutrition labels on wine bottles. Jeff Siegel, a Dallas-based wine writer and author of The Wine Curmudgeon, takes a look at some federal agency proposals that have the wine industry in a bit of a tizzy. And that Luscious Lush herself, Thea Dwelle promotes a life of zin in her story, Zinfandel: A California Original?
We’ve heard rumors that the good folks over at e-Bob have been reading the posts on Palate Press with great interest, so we suspect you’ll want to do the same!