Around the Blogs

champagne_glassesWe haven’t done one of these in awhile, but this is one of those posts where we tell you who and what we have been reading around this here Interwebby thing.

To start off, let’s congratulate the James Brown of the wine world, Gary Vaynerchuk, for coming in at number 18 on’s list of the Top 49 Most Influential Men. Rumor has it that I just missed the cut at number 50. I’ll have to take a page out of Gary Vee’s book and just try harder for next year.

Over at Palate Press they continue to expand and provide excellent wine writing from around the wine blog world. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you should. The articles are provided by the best food and wine bloggers on the Web. They are doing such a great job that it makes me feel guilty for not sending them anything. Amy has been doing a great job there, though.

Joe Roberts at 1WineDude, one of the finalists we are honored and humbled to be competing against in the 2009 Foodbuzz Blog Awards “Wine Blog” category, has a fantastic interview with Bonny Doon’s Randall Grahm. Please vote for us, however, as it turns out that Joe is rumored to be highly phobic about awards, and a vote for him, as deserving as he is, would just be plain cruel. I can’t remember where I heard that rumor…

The Amazing Brix Chix riff on one of my favorite songs with “66 lines about 33 Wineries.” No mention of Gloria, Mimi or Marilyn, however.

Out in Napa, if the mountain won’t come to drXeNo, then drXeNo had to go to the mountain.

Sonadora at Wannabe Wino Wine Blog writes about Crushpad’s Fusebox, a product we will be trying out and reviewing ourselves very soon.

The always bratty Thea from Luscious Lushes takes on the new stupidity from the Federal Trade Commission assholes. Fight the Power, Thea!

After a superlative rant like that, perhaps some Pillow Talk from Risqué Sommelier might be just the thing to release a little tension.

Moving on to the food world, The Food Renegade continues to expose the menace of soy. Remember folks, soy is murder, but pork is just plain tasty stuff!

For a respite from all of that violence, The Noble Pig has a delicious recipe for White Cheddar Soup that is both soy-free and murder-free. Inexplicably, it is also pig-free. Sure looks good though.

While you slurp your peaceful soup and contemplate how to keep your family safe from the soy menace, you might want to peruse The Hungry Mouse’s list of the Top 50 Foodie Movies.

To finish off the food portion of this round-up, Taste As You Go lets us peek into her kitchen. I can hear Amy screaming now if I even contemplated doing such a thing.

And, finally, last but never least, something completely unrelated to food and drink, although it is alleged that he has been known to drink and even eat on occasion, is Kilroy’s Blogiversary Bash Blog Carnival. Kilroy and I share a passion for the same favorite author, and I am sure he is going to throw a party worthy of the memory of the dear departed Doctor.

There you have it, some of the best writing on the Web from the last couple of weeks. Hope you enjoy them all as much as I do.

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