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I’ve been doing a bit of introspection here at 1WineDude.com. Since this is a blog, the introspection has been performed entirely on-line, using two different tools that other wine bloggers have been dabbling with as well. So, no chance of my becoming a better person in the real world – this is virtual introspection, people.
The first tool is one of those kitschy website polls, which don’t seem so kitschy anymore to us wine geeks, now that we have one that tells you What Kind of Wine You Are. Heck, I practically consider them to be brilliant now…
Anyway, my results:
|You Are Sauvignon Blanc
Engaging and energetic, you have a lot to offer the world – most of it they’ve never seen anywhere else!
You are the type of person who carves your own path in life… and you invite everyone else to come along.
The only thing predictable about you is that you could have anything up your sleeve.
You’re all about sampling all of life’s experiences. Both the savory and unsavory ones.
Deep down you are: Laid back and young at heart.
Your partying style: Anything goes… seriously!
Your company is enjoyed best with: Smoked meats or spicy food.
Surprisingly, I could see myself in some of that description (especially the part about smoked meats and spicy food). And here I’ve always imagined myself to be a red – one of those interesting and offbeat blended ones, like Priorat. Wrong, baby!
I’m happy to take Sauv Blanc – even if they failed to mention my sometimes unpalatable bracing acidity, my low-to-moderate output but hardy vigor, the fact that I show my best in climates that aren’t too hot, and my propensity to rot. Happy they didn’t go into whether or not I should be considered high quality…
The other online tool in which plenty of blogosphere folks are dabbling is Wordle. Wordle is the kind of tool that you play around with for 15 minutes, wonder when / how you’d use it to do anything of significance, eventually scratch your head, shrug your shoulders, and then surf to another website. And pour yourself another glass of vino.
Having said that, you will enjoy the 15 minutes you spend on Wordle. I tried to create some interesting wine reviews using it – sort of a cross between my twitter ‘mini’ reviews & Chateau Petrogasm. No luck for me (if you figure it out, more power to ya).
Anyway, here’s the 1WineDude.com wordle (click for larger view). Note that many customization features are available on Wordle, but I left it to its own devices to randomly select them for me:
If I squint just right, it sort of looks like wine being poured from a decanter. Or maybe it will later, after another sip or two…
Just for giggles, I also fed the 1WineDude twitter ‘mini’ reviews RSS feed into Wordle – the result (click for larger view):
What I noticed first about this random creation was the proximity of the words “smokin / Bong” and “think / flowers.” Maybe this should be 1BluntDude.com?
Childish? Nah – it’s just me being “Laid back and young at heart” like my ‘spirit wine’, Sauv Blanc.
Here’s hoping, when my time comes, that I also rot nobly…
This past week, during a trip to Windsor I had the pleasure of meeting up with two very talented an knowledgeable wine bloggers – Robert McIntosh (the Wine Conversation), and Andrew Barrow (the venerable Spittoon.biz). In the ‘real world’ that is.
I also had the pleasure of sharing some bottles of real wine, sharing real food (at the Two Brewers pub), and having real honest-to-goodness conversation with like-minded wine geeks.
Personally, I love connecting with the wine blogging community online. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever been accepted more quickly, or by a better group of folks – a large (and ever-expanding) one at that. And certainly the online wine world made our get-together possible, organized in record time via twitter.
But as I’m fond of saying, reading about wine tasting is like trying to learn how to french kiss by studying a diagram. At times, on-line conversations and friendships can reach a similar point on their trajectory. As Rob so aptly puts it in his recap of our ‘International Wine Bloggers Mini-Conference’, the ultimate point is to make real friends, in the real world…
Which is exactly what we did last week.
What do wine bloggers talk about when they get together face to face? We talk about the same things that we discuss on-line: wine, the state of its culture and service in our world today, and how to further the cause of making wine more accessible – with a smattering of personal tidbits for good measure.
In between sips, that is.
The highlight of our get-together for me was the near-instant camaraderie; never having met face to face before did not prevent us for a millisecond from striking up interesting conversation and enjoying one another’s company.
A close second was the match-up between the lamb entree and our bottle of 2000 Chateau Musar.
But that’s exactly the kind of thing that you need to have been there to truly appreciate.
A few days ago I published a somewhat controversial post giving you three reasons why you shouldn’t become a wine blogger.
Now, I’m about to give you three reasons why you should wine blog. [Editor’s note: is ‘wine blog’ a verb now?]
My intention is not to flip-flop a position. I’m just trying to give you both sides of the bogger coin. And this is definitely the shinier, more polished, ‘much-more-coolly-embossed with some awesome emblem’ side of that coin. [Editor’s note: is ‘coolly’ an adverb? My god, man, we’re off to a shaky start here!!]
Anyway, let’s get down to business; here’s my Top Three Reasons Why YOU Should Be a Wine Blogger…:
1) You need to be original from day one.
No, you’re not going crazy. Yes, this is the #3 reason I listed previously for why you shouldn’t be a wine blogger. No, it’s not easy to offer an original voice in the wine blogging community. Or is it…? The positive flipside of this coin is that you have a no-to-low cost opportunity to have your voice heard on a topic that you are passionate about – and in time, people will listen to that voice. The line between professional/expert opinions and the voice of the on-line masses is blurring. There’s never been a better time to be a part of any topic for which you have a passion.
2) Two’s company, Three’s a crowd, and 600 is a Wine Blogging Community.
This one might look familar to you also [Editor’s note: Sensing a theme here? ]. According to some sources, social media has overtaken porn in on-line popularity. We musicians in the rythym section often say “if you’re not part of the groove, you’re part of the problem.” Well, if you’re not part of social media, you’re really not part of the Internet. Not only is it a great time to be a part of the wine blogging community, it’s ridiculously easy to do so. Hop on over to OpenWineConsortium.org, join (for free), friend me up, and start blogging. Total cost: $0.00. Total time: about 6 minutes.
3) Democratize the Wine World.
It’s not often that you get to be a part of history. And history is being made in the world of wine, on the web, right now as you read this. It might sound a bit overly dramatic [Editor’s note: OK, a lot], but can you think of a better term to describe a movement that gathers people together (albeit virtually) from all over the globe and tries to put the power back into the hands of the people? That is what is going down in the Wine 2.0 movement; the view of what is considered quality wine is shifting from the hands of a few influential critics, and into the masses. Don’t miss out – we just might be onto something special here.
There you have it. Enough positivity to rescue from the depression of my previous post. Come on in – the water’s (or is it the vino’s?) fine…
(images: gapingvoid.com, suzylamplugh.org, biziki.com, preston.gov.uk )
Now this is interesting.
As reported by several sources today (most of them just copy/paste jobs from a press release; check out one example here), CorkSavvy.com (yet another on-line service that allows you to track and review your wines) has launched an interesting feature today.
This feature allows you to snap a camera-phone picture of that bottle of vino you’re having (say, with dinner tonight) and submit it (along with your freshest-of-fresh tasting notes) directly to your CorkSavvy account.
I’m a big, big fan of keeping a wine journal. I think it’s one of the best (if not the best) ways to up your wine IQ, increase your wine vocabulary, and learn what you do (and don’t!) like about wine. Using a wine journal is one of the cornerstone advice pieces that I give in my Tasting Guide.
Could CorkSavvy.com be onto the “Wine 2.0” version of the trusty ol’ wine journal? Time will tell. If any of you give this service a try, be sure to give me a shout about it!