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July 3, 2007 | drdebs

Are we sure Gary isn't Tiger? He just may be--great analogy! For what it's worth I think WLTV is great too, and have been a little shocked that more bloggers haven't cheered this development because even though it's a video blog, it's still a blog in my opinion.

July 3, 2007 | Ryan Fujiu

Debs, I agree completely. Its weird that other bloggers don't show more love to Gary. He's helping everyone out, a rising tide raises all ships, right? As far as the Tiger reference, maybe that was a bit much, considering Tiger is one of the more famous people in the world. But relatively, its probably not that far off base.

July 4, 2007 | JB

Okay, so I think Gary is talented, charismatic, and good for the wine community, online or off. However, it's hard to not take notice that most of the people writing about how great all this attention is for Gary (Dr. Debs an exception to this) also have big WLTV or Cork'd ads plastered on their sites.

Okay, I'm being slightly cynical. This is a good thing for ALL of us. But I would bet that there is a pretty clear correlation between the lack of love being shown in response this recent PR blitz and bloggers who are not in the "inner circle" so to speak.

Just a thought. There's a lot of envy out there and people tend to forget that in almost any industry (whether sports, wine or otherwise) there is room for more than one star. Also, I don't think that it's bad or wrong for some people to show skepticism. That can be a healthy thing too.

That said, I toast Gary and hope that I can successfully bottom feed off his stardom!

July 5, 2007 | Ryan Fujiu

JB, I understand that you guys are envious of Gary's success. He's doing great. We have been covering Gary for quite a while now, long before he started working with us. This post was about a wine blogger getting mainstream attention, not about promoting winelibrary.com or tv.winelibrary.com. If Domaine547.com gets a write up in TIME or a story on CNBC, we'd be more than happy to do a write up on you guys. We think its a big deal that he's getting this kind of attention, and hope it brings more people to wine blogs. I agree; it's not bad for some people to show skepticism, but only if there's legitimate reasons for it...

July 6, 2007 | JB

Hi Ryan,

I wasn't meaning to say that this isn't a legitimate story worth covering...nor did I mean to sound like we're fishing for you to write about us (though of course feel free!).

Really, I was just posing some questions, and pondering whether the lack of blogger love is a bit of a response to the PR machine that seems to be driving all of this attention around Gary. Maybe some bloggers, who consider themselves outside of the "mainstream" media, are just not enthusiastic about one of their own going mainstream, or being co-opted by the more traditional media.

Perhaps our phrasing of things was a bit off. And for the record I didn't say that we envied Gary's success...I said that "there's a lot of envy out there" referring to the blogger community as a whole. Though we'll be honest. We would include ourselves in the category of being envious -- but in a very self-aware, humble and benign kind of way.

July 7, 2007 | Jessica Diamond

I think its great that Gary has received such attention. He's fun to watch, and takes a unique approach to wine tasting. It's weird, I didn't know about him until recently, but now I watch almost every episode.

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