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Who is the Wine World’s Anna Nicole Smith?

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Did we get your attention?! How could anyone possibly compare Anna Nicole Smith to wine? As unbelievable as this may sound, last night, we saw a video from the TED Conference that really put this idea into perspective. The TED conference describes itself as:

TED began in 1984 as a conference devoted to the converging fields of technology, entertainment and design. Over the years, the scope has broadened. But the formula remains the same: Gather the world’s leading thinkers and doers; offer them four days of rapid-fire stimulation. The result? Unexpected connections. Extraordinary insights. Powerful inspiration.


Fortunate for us, they also publish their speeches online at Ted.com. These talks are provided, free of charge, for you to both enjoy or spread to others. The TED Talk video we want to mention today disclosed the bias that US media coverage has towards specific subjects. But before we get into our take on it, we ask that you stop reading to watch this short, 5 minute video.

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What did you think? Shocked, amazed or did it simply reinforcing previous beliefs? This video left Ryan and I wondering if we would see similar exaggerations of scale if applied to wine media? Let me clarify that this topic of biased world media is a much more grave situation than the subject of wine bias, but it’s still a fun exercise to partake in!

So what do you think are the areas that are grossly over-covered in the world of wine? What areas do you feel are being neglected? I wonder what the map would look like if we restricted it to wines both tasted and written about. I, personally, have a myriad of bubble like maps dancing through my mind as I type this, but I want to hear what you think. What are the regions that we should probably give a break to, and what regions deserve a bit more coverage? Who is our Anna Nicole Smith?

Food for thought,

Gabriella and Ryan

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