CJR Uncorks Opulent Journalism Feature

The headline says it all.

Minnesota-based wine, food and travel writer Bill Ward came up with a heck of a media angle. The result, “The Curious Case of Sports Writers Who Switch to Wine,” was posted today by the Columbia Journalism Review.

The 1,897-word feature samples interviews conducted with 10 journalists who made the titular transition. One writer, Alan Goldfarb, got hooked on French wines when the career of a newspaper sports reporter included a generous expense account. Another, Bruce Schoenfeld, agreed with the notion of a general overlap between discovering wine and a good athletic prospect:

Schoenfeld, Travel & Leisure’s wine and spirits editor and a prolific freelancer, points out that “sportswriters are very unlike the [slovenly] stereotype. Of all journalists, they travel the most, they see the world, their orientation is international. They also have a lot of down time for meals. So you have to be remarkably uncurious to not explore [food and wine].”

The rest of Ward’s article is full of similar, enticing tidbits. All in all, we enjoyed this one as much as CJR’s recent piece on the journalistic origins of D.B. Cooper. More of Ward’s writings can be found at his blog Decant This.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
A Journalist With Multiple Pseudonyms