We have many new members on the board who ask questions each month and yet do not participate. Naturally, there is a reluctance among new members and "lurkers" to commit themselves in writing about what they taste out of insecurity. I suspect that many of them do buy and drink the TAA wine. They need to be encouraged to chime in and keeping the TAA post visible will help. I remember the trepidation with which I posted my first tasting note, afraid that someone would rip me apart especially since my tastes were just beginning to awaken. I was surprised and encouraged that everyone simply posted their notes and ratings without being critical of each other's opinions. I have been shut out of this month's TAA by a retailer who did not produce the bottle he promised. That can be a problem, but there are many TAA "lurkers" out there who find the TAA a great idea and need to be encouraged to participate.
As time goes on, my hat tips deeper to VM for a brilliant idea.