As New Year’s Eve approaches, we are greeted with the familiar sights of fireworks, the sounds of annoying Vuvuzela-like party favors, and the coming of cheesy year-end recap. posts!
So today, we’re not ranking wines, but articles. I had fun pulling together the 2009 recap. of the most-commented posts on 1WineDude.com, so I thought I’d do the same for 2010, using the totally unscientific method of listing all of the posts form the Archives page and ordering what looked like the ones with the most comments.
The rationale of course being that these are the posts that you, the extraordinarily talented, modest, and altogether too-good-looking 1WD readers felt were most worth the effort of contributing your time, passion and opinions.
As was the case last year, controversy (and Robert Parker – honestly… I’m starting to wonder if you folks are obsessed with RMP… you can probably seek help for that, you know…) won out. I consider the majority of the topics covered in the round-up below (two were giveaways, which weren’t controversial but did turn into interesting discussions on how we take tasting notes, and our preferred methods for cork extractions) to be at least somewhat controversial in the wine world. And then there’s what seems to be the holy triumvirate of wine controversy: namely, BioDynamic winemaking, The Wine Trials author Robin Goldstein, and uber-critic Robert Parker…
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Greetings, oh-so-recently-stuffed-to-the-gills gourmands!
Rather than hand out badges and ratings this long holiday weekend, I am taking a slightly different angle on the wine recommendations in honor of the most-dreaded of post-holiday excursions: shopping on Black Friday.
Today, you can head over to The Wine Crush Blog anytime after 9:30 AM CT and read my (acerbic) take on what wines to pair with your Black Friday shopping!
For those of you who are humorless (which in all likelihood are those of you who’ve stumbled onto this blog accidentally while searching for wine magazine subscriptions on Google), please note that today’s article on The Wine Crush Blog is not meant in any way to resemble any writing even remotely meant to be serious.
I hope you enjoy the edgy-but-humorous diversion as your body slowly purges itself of tryptophan!
What can I say, the ladies dig cartoon versions of bloggers, okay?
In all seriousness, I wanted a cleaner, more open, more inviting, bit more up-to-date and, dare-I-say professional design for 1WineDude.com, and the result is what you see before you. Unless you’re reading via your RSS reader in which case I have a special message for you*.
* – Get yer ass over to the site for once!
The good news is that the world is no longer subjected to my photo in the blog header, which has been replaced by the cartoon dude. Toon Dude has more hair than I do (and it should be a bit more gray, now that I think about it) but believe it or not he is the ugly-ized version (I told the designer to take the first draft, which looked like Brad Pitt, and put him into a cartoon bar fight, so that the results would more accurately reflect my real looks, which are decidedly NOT Brad-Pitt-ish).
A huge shout-out to JudithShakes Designs for the stellar work and the painless upgrade, which went so smoothly that I was actually responding to blog comments uninterrupted while the site was being changed. In case you were wondering, I got turned onto JudithShakes after seeing that they did the work on the recent update to www.redheadwriting.com (a worthwhile read on any day, though not at all wine-related); you will notice that RHR’s site looks nothing like this one, but that was entirely the point and JSD really nailed this design from a personality standpoint for me and I’m thrilled with the results (and begrudgingly accepting of the fact that Toon Dude Mark II is uglier but more appropriate for repreenting me to the global interwebs than Toon Dude Mark I, may he rest in peace).
Anyway, as always your comments on the new design are welcome (go easy on Toon Dude, please).
Welcome to the first installment of Going Pro – what (I hope!) will be a (very) long series chronicling my foray into making whatever-the-hell-it-is that I do here a professional (read: paying) endeavor.
Every Wednesday on 1WineDude.com, I’ll be writing about some aspect / story / triumph / tragedy related to taking my passion – connecting YOU with the experience of wine – full-time. I plan to do this every Wednesday until, well, until one or more of the following conditions have been met:
- I’ve “made it big” and no longer have time for the unwashed masses because I’m too busy cleaning my fleet of yachts.
- I can’t get Internet wi-fi reception from my cardboard box under the bridge.
- The articles have run their course and are no longer valuable (except to me as a means of therapy).
Okay… you’re right… number three will almost certainly never happen because I need all the therapy I can get. Anyway…
The inaugural post in this series is gonna be a loooong one… but I think you’ll find it worth the reading time commitment, and I hope you’ll be sufficiently moved to chime in with your thoughts.
I had a conversation with my friend Steve Heimoff about tasting preferences vs. wine ratings in the comments of a post last week, the topic of which had nothing whatsoever to do with tasting and rating wines (or, at least that’s what I thought when I wrote it, silly me!). That comment-convo seems pretty benign on the surface but it had some profound implications for me (probably because I ended up sort of talking to myself… more therapy… ok, maybe I need a drink…). Implications that get to the heart of how I taste and rate wines, which n part gets to the heart of what it means to Go Pro with wine.
Now, much to the surprise of a lot of people, none more so than myself, I’m now in the invigorating and strangely frightening position where my views / reviews on wines actually matter to some people. I’m the kind of guy who, literally to a fault, doesn’t want to let people down, and so I’ve had to take the position of rating and describing wines much, much more seriously in recent months – and I’d argue that this change in perspective is essential if you even want to start thinking about going pro when it comes to wine.
And since my approach to tasting is so dramatically different to what most of us are used to in the conventional wine press, it seemed a good place to start the Going Pro discussion…
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