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We’re #1! Sort Of! We Think…

Vinted on September 24, 2009 binned in about 1winedude blog

Intrepid Wine Enthusiast editor and fellow blogger Steve Heimoff pointed out to me this week that 1WineDude has somehow found its way into the top slot in PostRank’s wine blog rankings.

Steve and uber-wine-industry blogger Tom Wark have both recently penned blog posts about the various rankings of wine bloggers in one form or another – both takes are well worth a read.

What does the PostRank ranking mean?  Aside from the obvious – i.e., temporary bragging rights over #2 Wine Library TV – I’m not sure what it means.  I attempted to find out by checking out how PostRank comes to its ranking decisions, but I couldn’t figure it out in 15 seconds, so I gave up.

I’m grateful, I’m happy, and I don’t plan on changing anything because all of this ranking business doesn’t tell you whether or not you’d like reading 1WineDude.

For those bloggers finding themselves at the top of any of the various ranking algorithms these days, I’d offer the following bit of time-honored wisdom:

According to General George Patton, "For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeteers, musicians and strange animals from conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conquerors rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children robed in white stood with him in the chariot or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning…”

I like to think that warning went something like this:

The higher the monkey climbs, the more you can see of his butt.

Cheers!

(images: postrank.com)

1WineDude in the L.A. Times (More on Wine Competition Controversy)

Vinted on September 7, 2009 binned in about 1winedude blog, wine publications

“One not only drinks wine, one smells it, observes it, tastes it, sips it, and—one talks about it.”
- King Edward VII of England

If the events of the past several days are any indication, one also enters it into wine competitions, and then one talks – and talks, and talks – about the results!

In case you’ve been living inside of a bottle lately, here’s a recap.:

Last week, the Journal of Wine Economics issued a report that included an article by Robert T. Hodgson titled An Analysis of the Concordance Among 13 U.S. Wine Competitions.  Hodgson’s report analyzed data garnered from 13 wine competitions and more-or-less concluded that the distribution of medals from those competitions showed no difference statistically then if the medals had been awarded by chance.

My personal take was that the report lacked sufficient analysis of the potential context impacting wine competitions for the data to support the conclusion drawn in the report – even if that conclusion might ultimately be true. Several people agreed and disagreed with me – which is one of the great things about blogging, after all!

The article was probably designed to kick-off discussion on the relative value of wine competitions in general, and no mater what your view of Hodgson’s analysis, it would be difficult to refute it’s success in doing just that.

The repercussions of the report were discussed on Dr. Vino, Vinography, and right here on 1wineDude.com – and judging by the excellent and myriad opinions on the topic that were voiced in the responses to those articles, the topic has more legs than half a glass of 16% abv Grenache.  The topic even found its way into the discussion forums on the mead website GotMead.com (seriously).

Topping it all off, on Friday the Business Section of the L.A. Times ran a story by Jerry Hirsch on the aftermath of the report, in which I was quoted.  What I liked about the L.A. times piece, aside from the fact that they spelled the name of my blog correctly (though they incorrectly stated that I am a Certified Wine Educator – I’m not, I’m a Certified Specialist of Wine, which is a different cert. but from the same organization), was that it had a slightly different take on the report  – namely, how the competition results are used after the competition is over…

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1WineDude Featured on Tom Wark’s Fermentation!

Vinted on August 21, 2009 binned in about 1winedude blog

Wow – I feel like I’ve arrived!

This week, 1WineDude is featured on Tom Wark’s long-standing and excellent wine blog Fermentation.  This mention is extra-special for me, because I’ve really enjoyed Tom’s Bloggerviews series and have often been turned on to new and interesting writers that Tom has featured.

To me, when Tom features a blogger on Bloggerviews, it usually means that they’ve really hit their stride as a writer.  I don’t know if I quite qualify as hitting my stride, but I’m certainly honored to have been included in the great company of wine bloggers that he’s featured.  I think that Tom’s prescription for eyeglasses may need renewal, however, since he mentions in the feature that I’m a good-looking guy… clearly his glasses require work (or at the very least, need a good cleaning).  Anyway, check out Tom’s post here:

http://fermentation.typepad.com/fermentation/2009/08/bloggerview-25-joe-roberts.html

Tom begins his feature with the words “Here’s what I think about Joe Roberts…”  Well, I need to tell you all what I think about Tom Wark.

Tom deserves a medal for the work that he has done, sometimes behind the scenes and outside of the public eye, as Executive Director of the Specialty Wine Retailers Association, with a mission to further the fight for a free market for wine in the United States.  To put it simply, if you are able to have wine shipped to your home directly then you probably owe a small debt to Tom and the SWRA for helping fight to maintain that right for you.  If you can’t yet have wine shipped directly to you legally, then Tom is the person you want on your side in the battle to get there.  Keep fighting the good fight, Tom!

You can follow the SWRA’s Wine Without Borders blog here.

Cheers!

(images: fermentation.typepad.com)

Sacre Bleu Wines Interviews 1WineDude!

Vinted on August 19, 2009 binned in about 1winedude blog

Hey!  In a stunning display of poor judgment, Sacre Bleu Wines has published an interview with me.  Here’s what they have to say as a matter of introduction, which is all quite flattering (and I hope I can live up to it!):

The word Dude in our culture is held in high esteem.  It’s typically reserved for the special and elite among us.  Think Jeff Spicoli, Jeffrey Lebowski, Lao Tzu, Bill and Ted, Julia Child and Joe Roberts..aka 1WineDude.  Dude is one of the most entertaining and interesting words in any language, it means so many different things. In fact, it can mean everything. People can even converse saying nothing else but Dude.  Dude, where’s my wine?

Joe Roberts, for many in the wine blogging world, is simply 1WineDude.  He writes with comedic flair and intimacy.  He reviews wines and wine trends, then makes us feel as though we know exactly what he means.  His posts come with genuine wit and we don’t come away from his writing feeling adorned with polite, formal bullshit.  Jeff Lefevere remarked that reading Roberts was like reading someone “doing a raucous stand-up comedy routine while sprinting on a treadmill.”

So while the 1WineDude takes writing about wine seriously, he is able to stand back and look at wine for what it is.  Tastes good, sometimes great and leaves a nice buzz in its wake.

We asked the 1WineDude or “Duder, His Dudeness, Or El Duderino, if, you know, you’re not into the whole brevity thing…” to talk with us about his work, his passion.

Thanks! 

You can read the entire piece after the jump.

Cheers!

(images: sacrebleuwine.com)

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