Vinotology Press Conference: Ben Announces His Big Move


In August, Ben Simons of Vinotology announced his free agency. In a brave move, he left the comfort of his paying job to pursue the uncertainty of the free market. His pursuit of passion is an admirable and brave quest for those of us surviving in the cube farm of corporate America. Immediately after entering the market, suitors began calling. Potential candidates were Arizona, Oregon, California, Washington and even staying in the home state of Texas.

Ben has been an active champion for Texas wine, blazing trails by getting Texas wine into the hands of influential wine writers. Ben scored an amazing journalistic coup by being the lone blogger to cover the unsuccessful Gruet bid for CapRock winery. Ben’s video and story were syndicated by several sources.

California recruited Vinotology heavily with their fast cars, fast women, and endless supply of sunshine and wine. Ben’s visit to Napa resulted in some time spent with several powerhouses in the industry including Rick Bakas, Hardy Wallace, and the boys from Wine Biz Radio. An investigation has been opened against the state of California for recruiting violations.

Today, Ben calls a press conference to reveal his decision. Where will Ben take his blogging talents? Which wine region will retain the massive talent that can help propel them to the championship?

In a Lebron James-like move, Ben calls a press conference and holds the wine blogging world captive with his announcement. Watch the press conference for the announcement!

Ben is my friend. You should hire him! Here is his resume and credentials.


Owner of Nectar Tasting Room in Spokane, WA. (@nectarwine) Publisher of Spokane Wine Magazine (@spowinemag), author, speaker, consultant and internet marketer with Nectar Media (@nectarmedia)

18 comments on “Vinotology Press Conference: Ben Announces His Big Move

    1. drinknectar

      Crazy, huh – with all that wine and dine that Napa did, the quality of Washington must’ve won out in the end! haha!

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  2. Brian

    No! I’m burning my Ben Simons jersey.


    Best of luck

  3. Shana Ray

    Whoa. Brian. You got a Ben Simons jersey? No fair… I want one… Simply so I can burn it because he is not moving here. :)

    Good luck Ben! You will be missed out here, but I look forward to someday roadtriping it up there with the rest of the CA wino community!

    1. drinknectar

      We are very lucky to be getting a talent the likes of Ben in our state. It’s now just a matter of time before we bring the championship here!

  4. WineMonologues

    Nice job guys! Ben– good luck! Josh– any news organizations contacting you for you interviewing skills?

    1. drinknectar

      thanks, Mike – nope, but they should, right? I’ve also got killer nunchuck skills….gosh!

  5. Mary Cressler

    Awe. Just when I leave the NW too.
    Super happy for Ben! And I love the dramatic announcement :)
    WA is lucky to have Ben joining them out there.

    Cheers, Mary

    1. drinknectar

      We are very lucky to have him on our team, Mary. Maybe it is the wine gods way of replacing such a super star like you :)

  6. Joshua S Sweeney

    No love for North Carolina wine? Washington gets all the fun…

    Good luck, Ben! Way to follow your heart!

  7. Rick Bakas

    Is he going to have to give his Heisman back?

    1. drinknectar

      Josh – give it a few years, NC will develop a strong recruiting program.

      Rick – I think the sanctions against California are being weighed for their recruiting violations. They may have to send you to Walla Walla and give up a vintage.

  8. Sam @brokewino

    I think he’ll have to give the Heisman back, but that’s not an admission of guilt.

    Good luck Ben!

  9. Joe

    Ha! Congrats to WA. Though, that was not very objective journalism on the part of Josh…certainly biased and lacked complete decorum and professionalism :)

    1. drinknectar

      Hey now, Joe – It was fair and balanced journalism at its best, just like on Fox News :)

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