Wine Blogger Ethics - VinoCamp Languedoc

This post is about one of the round table discussions from VinoCamp Languedoc in March 2011.  I hesitate to label it as “wine blogger ethics” since that’s a big subject.  Miss Glouglou proposed and led the roundtable topic, and she had a more specific idea about what we’d discuss.  We set out to address the “transmission of information” which sort of bundles up a lot of subjects:

  • Marketing material vs. reference material
  • Credibility
  • Bribery
  • Are blogs any different than traditional media?

A lot of people felt strongly that there were deontological moral issues at stake specific to bloggers while other people focused much more on pragmatic issues (credibility, sales, etc.)

My favorite bit is in part 2 around 1:36 where we start talking about giving journalists free bottles of wine.  Some very earnest revelations.  (FYI: the off screen voice that admits it’s normal wine writers get wine is a professional wine writer.)

There’s also this question about whether bloggers can get into trouble by denouncing or even accidentally insulting people.  In retrospect, we could have talked about my extreme positivity on Love That Languedoc. But we talk so much about my website all day, I’m glad there was a session where it came up less.

There’s this idea that keeps coming up about federating talented bloggers into an edited source of information to rival conventional press.  It might be tangentially related to the topic just because bloggers wouldn’t need to face unique ethical issues if they operated more like a print magazine.  But then there’s also this issue of “why copy print media when it’s on its way downhill?”  They might have the ethics figured out, but if you have questions about monetization, there might be better industries to consult.

Anyway, I’m sure I’ll continue to think about this and maybe post more later. For now here are the videos for people who weren’t able to attend.

Beautiful moments (that only come after wine-fueled lunch)

  • French produce wine to be criticized by Americans and sold by the English and bought by the Chinese
  • Traditional press is Tripoli; bloggers are Bengazi
  • Freedom of speech, freedom of regret

VinoCamp Languedoc
March 19th and 20th
à la CCI

A detailed schedule will come soon. But the important thing is to book your tickets and hotels for this lovely weekend in March.  A hundred wine professionals and Internet people will come together at the Chambre de Commerce et de l’Industrie in Carcassonne.  There will be a series of round table discussions on Saturday on subjects that will be decided the day of the VinoCamp.  Sunday will consist of a visit to the Cité de Carcassonne and at least one vineyard.

Registration and Wiki

VinoCamp registration is free but mandatory as there are a few questions that will help me organize buses, food, etc.

I strongly encourage you to edit the VinoCamp wiki.  This will allow you to add your name, email address, and website to the common list that we will all use for reference when writing about the event.  Participants in the conference will be able to familiarize themselves with your website before they come to the conference.

What is a VinoCamp? What is a BarCamp?

I’ve written about the nature of barcamps before, but to summarize: VinoCamp is an open conference devoted to wine and the Internet. There is no literal camping involved.   Here is a post with some video of a small round table discussion about Oenotourism from VinoCamp Paris

Who comes to a VinoCamp?

Winemakers, wine retailers, wine journalists, and anybody who makes a living online with wine.  VinoCamp is a place where wine professionals and techies come together to share ideas about the future of wine online.  You’ll get to meet a few Z list local celebrities like me. ;D

Here is my list of the people I met at VinoCamp Paris.  The open nature of the VinoCamp allows you to really meet a lot of new people.  And since everybody has a chance to talk, you can tell very quickly whether a person is awesome or not.

How to find us

Domaine O’Vineyards, located in the North Arrondissement of Carcassonne, is just minutes from the Carcassonne train station, the Medieval City, and the Carcassonne Airport.
GPS coordinates: 43.259622, 2.340387

Wine, Dine, Relax at our Boutique Vineyard
Unique thing to do in Carcassonne
Wine Cellar. Winery Visits. Wine Tasting.
Wine & Food Pairing

North Arrondissement of Carcassonne
885 Avenue de la Montagne Noire
11620 Villemoustaussou, France
Tel: +33(0) 630 189 910

  1. Best by GPS.
    Follow the signs to Mazamet/ Villemoustaussou using the D118. At the end of the last straight part of D118, you will come to a roundabout with the Dyneff gas station.
  2. Take the exit towards Pennautier. Continue 500m to a small roundabout and go straight over.
  3. Look out for the second road on your right, Avenue des Cévennes which curves up hill (about 1km) to Avenue de la Montagne Noire on the left.
  4. At the last juction, bear left. the road sign “Ave de la Montagne Noire” (confusing as it seems to show a right turn)
  5. After another 500m you will see our red brick color building in the middle of the vines.