Tom Wark

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Tom Wark is an American wine blogger, a public relations professional in the California wine industry, and founder of the American Wine Blog Awards.[1]

In 2011 Wark's blog was named Best Industry Wine Blog and Best Overall Wine Blog at the Wine Blog Awards in Charlottesville, VA.[2]

He has been described by Mike Steinberger as the wine world's first wine muckraker, using his blog "to expose the absurdity of america’s three-tiered distribution system and the money politics that perpetuates it".[3] His blogging may explore interstate wine shipping laws, restrictions on what is allowed to be labeled champagne or “old vines”, or feature interviews other wine bloggers,[4] though some find its appeal in its unpredictability.[5]

Wark is also executive director of the Specialty Wine Retailers Association (SWRA), a role which has positioned him in a public dispute with the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) over the three-tier alcohol distribution system.[6][7]

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  1. ^ Glen, Ellen, Reuters- Business Wire (February 18, 2008). "American Wine Blog Awards Celebrate Growing Field of Citizen Wine Writers". 
  2. ^ Wright, Allan. "2011 Wine Blog Award Winners Announced". Wine Blog Awards. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Steinberger, Mike, The World of Fine Wine (March 2008). "Everyone a Critic. The Future of Wine Writing". 
  4. ^ Marcus, Lawrence, Food & Wine (2008). "Niche Wine Blogs". 
  5. ^ Heimoff, Steve, steveheimoff.com (June 24, 2008). "Making wine blogging credible". 
  6. ^ Teichgraeber, Tim, Decanter.com (January 15, 2008). "'Storm' of negative pr as wine.com sneaks on rivals". 
  7. ^ Arnold, Eric, Wine Spectator (January 8, 2008). "Wine.com Conducts Sting Operation Against Other Retailers". 

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