In recent years, I have to admit I haven’t worked as hard at expanding the reach of the column as I did in the early years. There is no real excuse other than I’ve been doing this eight years. At one point, I had hit 23 newspapers in three states and circulation in more than 300,000 homes.
It’s hard keeping track of who is and isn’t running it – I just send it out. I know a few papers have dropped by the side but most of those 23 still run the column. A few of those papers regularly post Grape Sense to their websites.
I got a real boost this week when I learned CNHI, a newspaper ownership group with a dozen or more Indiana papers, is posting the column to their papers’ websites. Some of those papers download the column for print but some just let it run on their web presence. I was urging papers to run the column as an “online extra” years ago.
But this week’s news was Kokomo, Terre Haute, Goshen, Jeffersonville, Logansport, Greensburg, Batesville, Hendricks County, Zionsville, Anderson, and Lebanon all have the wine column posted. (Those papers in bold face were already running the column.)
Additionally, Grape Sense will be one of the features in a new Elkhart area entertainment weekly. The Hart will hit newsstands in the coming weeks.
The column, in many ways, has far exceeded some of my hopes from when I started in 2007. The reach across the Hoosier state has given me a platform I never dreamed possible.
Thanks to all of my editors and newspapers for sharing Grape Sense.