Recently, a friend heard through the grapevine that Decanter doesn’t generally cover topics concerning the wine blog world. Apparently, it is reticent to post stories about what is developing online because bloggers, and their events, are seen as being in direct competition. With Decanter? Innocent little bloggers like you and me!?
This is not something new. 2 years ago Wine Spectator called me for a quote on something to do with Spanish wine architecture. In the article they refused to mention what I did or Catavino.
Today I’m here to say that the only competition to Decanter(and other wine rags) are themselves. You see, I like Decanter, I appreciate that it exists, and I don’t want it to fold, but they are doing everyting they can to fail online.
At it’s most basic root the web is based on links and networks, and by isolating themselves they are only making it harder for people to find them or to find a way to relate to them. By closing off the conversation and refusing to discuss current hot topics that are on twitter and other blogs all they are communicating is their ignorance of what is actually going on.
Oh well, good for us I guess. And for the sake of Catavino staying relevant, here are a few good articles at Decanter I hope you go read. Make sure to come back here to discuss them though, since their comments are moderated and ours are not.