I just received word that LENNDEVOURS has been named the winner as "Best Single-Subject Wine Blog" in the 2009 American Wine Blog awards.

This is obviously an honor and I'd like to thank each and every one of you reading this post for reading LENNDEVOURS. We'e coming up on the 5-year anniversary of its creation and I never expected my blog to become what it has today, but I'm certainly glad that is has. I've met so many great people, tasted so many great wines and had so many great experiences because of LENNDEVOURS that it is more than worth the time I put into it.

I'd also like to thank my contributors: Bryan Callandrelli, Jason Feulner, Sasha Smith, Evan Dawson, and Melissa Dobson for all of their important contributions to this blog, and for helping me shape the future of LENNDEVOURS.

To my patient, loving wife Nena — thank you for always pushing me to follow my passion for wine and writing.

And to the members of the New York wine industry — this wouldn't be possible without the great wines that you're crafting right in my own backyard. So thank you too.

I guess what I'm saying is that this isn't an award just for me. It's one for anyone who has read, written for or been written about in these pages. That community of folks is really what blogging is about after all, isn't it? Without all of those people, it's just boring mainstream media.

The rest of the winners haven't been posted yet, but keep an eye out for them over at Fermentation.