Archive for February, 2012 TV Episode 45: Why Your Wine Blog Has No Following (And What To Do About It)

Vinted on February 22, 2012 binned in 1WineDude TV, going pro

Apologies in advance if this video gets preachy or pedantic, but I’ve gotten a lot of questions from wine bloggers lately about how to increase following and engagement, and openly asked recently via twitter and facebook if this info. would be helpful to others (almost unanimously the answer was "Yes").  This is what has worked for me, your mileage may vary. So I hope you’ll take it as a sort-of “tough-luv” bit of well-meant advice, and let me (and everyone else!) know your thoughts!





Special Announcement: Wine Blogging Wednesday 75 “Singles Night” On March 21st! #WBW75

Vinted on February 21, 2012 binned in wine blogging wednesday, wine tasting

Ladies and gentle-guzzlers…

I’m pleased to announce that will be hosting Wine Blogging Wednesday #75 (holy crap! seventy-five?!??) on Wednesday March 21st!

The entire idea behind WBW is to get YOU involved, tasting, and talking – so please share and retweet the living hell out of this because it’s only going to be as awesome as YOU make it (and you don’t do anything un-awesome, right?).

And let’s not even get into how awesome it is to be part of something that has run on-line for 75 consecutive months. Sh*t, most wine brands probably don’t last 75 consecutive months these days!

WBW 75’s theme is “Singles Night” – which does not mean that you should be drinking alone (not that there’s anything necessarily wrong if you do… we’re not judging you here…); it means we’re going to taste and talk about wines that come from single vineyards. One of the most special aspects of wine is that I can connect you with a particular time (a vintage) and a particular place on earth (a vineyard). Few other foodstuffs can offer such magic, so on March 21st we’re going to go big for numero 75 and celebrate both.

Here’s the skinny on how you can participate in #WBW75 “Singles Night”…

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Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For February 20, 2012

Vinted on February 20, 2012 binned in wine mini-reviews

Uhm, like what is this stuff?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine sample tasting notes via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be fun, quickly-and-easily-digestible reviews. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 07 Halter Ranch Ancestor Estate Reserve (Paso Robles): Black cherry dominatrix brandishing dual whips; one leather & one licorice. $44 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Wagner Vineyards Riesling Dry (Finger Lakes): Citrus, pear, stone & tenacious drive to totally out-awesome its modest price point. $13 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Peter Lehmann Clancy’s Red (Barossa): Shiraz, Cab & Merlot puzzle pieces trying but just not quite all fitting together. $17 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 V. Sattui Black Sears Vineyard Zinfandel (Howell Mountain): Pepper, plums, power, passion & (alas) very small production. $42 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Suduiraut (Sauternes): Packing lilting meringue finish that will stop sometime after the 2012 Bord’x grapes get harvested. $93 A >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau La Tour Blanche (Sauternes): Peach, apricot, toasted nuts & Godzilla levels of pure sugar (not to mention Wow factor). $65 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Guiraud (Sauternes): Emphasizing the secondary action (coconut, yest, honey, vinyl), & to damn fine effect at that. $60 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Doisy Daene (Barsac): Pack your toothbrush, ’cause you’re definitely gonna need it after this jaunt to central honey town. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau De Fargues (Sauternes): Classic – nuts & honey meets citrus, yeast, & enough sugar to bury a small island nation. $165 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Climens (Barsac): A lovely, soft-spoken, dancing ballerina that probably moonlights as a sexy, elegant ninja assassin. $115 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Ormes De Pez (Saint-Estephe): Terse & tense, tart & supple, red & black, & not at all caring if you’re impressed (or not). $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau De Pez (Saint-Estephe): Offering smoked meat that’s serious, as in 3-piece-suit-in-a-solemn-board-room-meeting serious. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Pepper Bridge Trine (Walla Walla): Complex but probably only meant for the 1 time every few yrs U have steak w/ a coffee reduction $60 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Lucien Albrecht Gewurztraminer Reserve (Alsace): High-jumping lychee & limes that land a bit awkwardly once they come back down. $19 B- >>find this wine>>



Weekly Wine Quiz: Que Es Quefort?

Vinted on February 17, 2012 binned in wine quiz

Welcome to the next installment of the Weekly Wine Quiz!

Based on feedback from ever-so-vocal-and-intelligent YOU, I will not be supplying the answer directly in the post – you will need to tune back in later in the comments section for the answer. So you can put your answer in the comments for potential bragging rights later (not that you’d gloat… too much… right?).  Anyway… here ’tis!

Que es Quefort?

Continuing our focus on cepage aliases, which white wine grape is less commonly known as Quefort and as Steen?

Cheers – and good luck!




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