Read for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini
There are 9 wine blog awards but the most important is surely the one for best blog post of the year. The award exists since 2007 and has quickly asserted itself as a prestigious prize. There are about one
hundred participants and they get voted online, so as to choose the 5 finalists. A panel of experts then chooses the winner. The award living ceremony takes place during the Wine Bloggers Conference, resembling the real Oscar ceremony which takes place in front of the whole film world.
But let’s see you won the most desired prize, she is called Lauren Mowery and is a pretty young blonde journalist who writes about travel and wine. Here articles have been published by Wine & Spirits, Wine Enthusiast, Saveur, and The Wine Merchant …. and by many other magazines among which her personal blog Chasing the Vine. On Twitter she has 14.200 followers … in other words she is a grand opinion leader and most of all she has had the courage to study a wine region which is still unknown such as Turkey letting us thus all discover a paradox. It is the nation with the longest wine making history – 7-15.000 years –and the political and religious situation most contrary to the consumption of alcohol.
Looking in to it we discover that Lauren has received other prizes, she was also chosen by IWSC Trophy as best blogger of the year. The article with which she won the Wine Blogger Award
is beautiful and its title is Turkish Wines: Vinkara Winery Working to Preserve Indigenous Varieties with Delicious Results.
What is especially beautiful is the awareness campaign which aims at saving the autochthonous varieties of vines that are probably the oldest in the world. In Turkey wine consumption per person is of 1,5 litres per person, the nation is a Muslim country and 83% of the population is made up of non-drinkers. As if this was not enough the laws against alcohol enforce a restriction on opening hours at night, prohibiting the display of bottles in shop windows and of selling wine near schools and mosques. Austere rules, to which since last June has been added the prohibiting of any form of publicity or promotion. Turkish wines are destined to disappear if they do not open some market abroad, and especially for this reason the winery Vinkara went to New York with some bottles. The wine tasting of the autochthonous varieties was spectacular and is represented by the Kalecik Karasi (pronounced Kah-le-djic-car-ah-ser).
In the end Lauren Mowery has convinced us we must sympathize with the Turkish grape growers and when possible buy their wines; this is the only way to save their autochthonous
varieties from extinction.