The phone call two years ago caught me completely by surprise. The Star-Telegram newspaper in Fort Worth, where I had written a weekly wine column called The Wine Curmudgeon, was cutting back. My four articles a month would become one or two, and there was no guarantee of even that.
In other words, I had become a wine writer without a place to write.
I was worried. How was I going to continue writing about wine? My world view, shaped by 20-some years in the newspaper business and freelancing for newspapers and magazines, said writers needed to be published by companies that had printing presses, offices, and editors.
My world view, of course, was quite wrong. The world doesn't work that way anymore, and what I thought was a move in desperation turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to my wine writing career. That was starting this blog, and my only regret is that I didn't do it sooner.
My wine writing has flourished on-line in a way it never could have if I had stuck to the print side of the business. My work is better known, my audience is wider, and I can write about things that are important but that wouldn't necessarily appeal to newspaper editors. What this means, both to wine writing and to wine drinkers, after the jump: