8220;Since the first Wine Blog Awards were given out in 2007, the wine blogging community has expanded considerably and has become a consequential and important part of the wine media,8221; said Joel Vincent, organizer of the Wine Blog Awards along with Zephyr Adventures—organizers of the Wine Bloggers Conference. 8220;This year8217;s crop of finalists is testament to the continually increasing quality of wine blogs, to the diversity of blogs and bloggers and to the recent emergence of new and important wine blogs.8221; Presentation of the 2012 Wine Blog Awards will occur at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland Oregon August 18th. 8220;The goal of the Wine Blog Awards is to expose the world of wine blogging and wine bloggers to a larger audience and to encourage excellence in the wine blogging community by paying tribute to and honoring the best of the best,8221; added Vincent.