We’re #1… and #2! (Wine Taster’s Journal Officially Released!)

Vinted on July 8, 2020 binned in about 1winedude blog, wine books

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Yesterday, the first of my two new books officially became available. You can now have Wine Taster’s Journal: Drink, Rate, Record, and Remember shipped right on over to you, no waiting!

Technically, this is the second of my two new books, as it’s the companion piece to  the much longer Wine Taster’s Guide: Drink and Learn with 30 Wine Tastings. I’ve no idea why the Journal was released before the Guide, though certainly it can stand on its own and doesn’t require the Guide to be a useful tool  itself; but I’m not a book publisher, so I’m going to just shut up about it now and trust the people who know a lot more about it than I do.

Additionally, I’ll be popping the corks on something nice to celebrate the fact that during pre-orders both the Journal and the Guide have, at various points, hit the #1 and #2 slots for Amazon’s Hot New Releases in the Wine Tasting category.

Amazon Hot New Releases

We’re #1! And #2!

Pretty sweet!

If you grab a copy, my publisher and I (but mostly my publisher) would love to have you write a review of the book on Amazon (excellent chance to  heckle me there)…

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Wine Taster’s Guide Now Available for Pre-order! (That’s “Published Author Joe Roberts” to You!)

Vinted on May 28, 2020 binned in about 1winedude blog, wine books

Shiz just got very real, folks!

My new book, Wine Taster’s Guide: Drink and Learn with 30 Wine Tastings, is now officially available for pre-order ($14.99 for the paperback)! Shipping and whatnot begins on July 21, 2020.

The Guide is the main course meal to the Wine Taster’s Journal starter (the handy, portable companion which gets released on July 7, 2020). I’m pretty stoked, and for some time will likely insist that people address me as “Published Author Joe Roberts,” at least until I calm down (it could be a while).

FWIW, I really dig the cover design and how both books’ designs compliment one another (not to mention how well they capture the incredible, thirst-inducing shades of the wines). I, of course, had nothing directly to do with any of that.

Anyway… there is so much that I want to tell you about the inception and creation of this book… and I will be getting to that soon in a follow-up post or two here on 1WD. For now, I’ll share the PR-styling intro that Rockridge Press put together for the release…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 6, 2020

Vinted on July 6, 2020 binned in wine mini-reviews

I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format.
 
They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented links to help you find them, so that you can try them out for yourself. Cheers!

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Wine in the Time of Coronavirus, Part 5 (“Courage of Convictions” with Smith-Madrone)

Vinted on July 1, 2020 binned in elegant wines, kick-ass wines, sexy wines, wine review

Smith-Madrone Cabs

The latest in the steady stream of sipping during SIP virtual tastings brings up back to longtime friend of 1WD Stu Smith, one of the masterminds behind Napa Valley’s well-regarded Smith-Madrone.

If you’ve spent any appreciable time perusing this little website, then you know that Smith is smart, verbose, and opinionated – all of which are a wine writer’s wet dream (ok, that came out totally wrong, but you get the idea), and all of which were on typically intriguing display when I (and a handful of fellow wine-media-critic-types) recently tasted through some of the recent Smith-Madrone releases with Stu via Zoom meeting.

Speaking of intriguing, that’s a fitting descriptor for Smith’s wines in general…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 29, 2020

Vinted on June 29, 2020 binned in wine mini-reviews

I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format.
 
They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented links to help you find them, so that you can try them out for yourself. Cheers!

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