My New Year’s Resolutions (What’s Coming Up on 1WD)

Vinted on April 8, 2010 binned in about 1winedude blog

Yeah.  I know.  I’m late.  Whatever – I’ve got a two-year-old daughter.  At least I’m actually getting around to it, right?

I’ve got a simple resolution for 2010, actually, when it comes to, anyway:

Make “more betterer!”

The devil’s squarely in the details, of course, but the bottom line is that wine blogs, like wine brands, have increased in both quality and quantity, and there have never been more wine blogs pumping out higher-quality content than there are right now. Hell, just look at the list of nominees for the Wine Blog Awards.  Which means not only do I have to run to stand still, I need to continuously figure out how to add more and more value for you on these virtual pages.

Either that, or continue to dupe you into thinking that I know what I’m talking about (it ain’t easy!).

I’m grateful for each and every reader of this blog, and I realize that many of the same people who are pumping out great wine content are regular readers here; some are up-and-coming new voices, and are some long-standing and well-respected traditional (and non-traditional) talents in the wine world. is, more and more, becoming a place where “Intermediate” and “Expert” wine personalities can mingle and exchange ideas.

I sincerely hope that never changes.

So, in 2010, I’m trying to give you more to talk about, and more interesting things to talk about…

More You

2010 is going to be the year of collaboration for  If 1WD has a zodiac calendar, collaboration is the animal sign of its Chinese New Year.  Hmmm… maybe that would feature a parasitic animal that also has some medical benefits for the host, like a leech?  Ahh, whatever, you get the point.

You might have already noticed more interviews, and that will continue (with an emphasis on interesting personalities from all walks of the wine trade), but there will also be more guest posts (particularly from wine people who have done really interesting things, and who write well, but don’t blog on their own).  You’ll also see me cropping up more and more on other sites (that’s already started as well), especially on up-and-coming wine blogs that I like.  You can place me squarely into the “we hang together or we will surely ‘hang’ separately” camp.

Less Me

I’m ecstatic over the success of 1WD and I’m constantly struggling with the right balance of thanking others for recognizing the blog and not being too self-promotional.  The pendulum still has a ways to swing, though, so while I may let you know about some accolades, for the most part those will get acknowledged in the About page, and not publicly in the blog posts.  Let’s focus on you instead – and on wine (yeah, I know this post technically is about me but how else am I supposed to do this?)…

More Wine (and from More Places)

You’ve told me that you want to read about interesting wine places and truly unique wines, and those are exactly the topics that I’m going to concentrate on throughout 2010.

I’m really, really excited about the wines that are going to get coverage here in 2010. Some are expensive / ultra-low-production / “cult” wines, some are bargains of interesting varieties grown in places you wouldn’t suspect, but all of them have the potential to be intriguing.

On the travel front, I will be doubling  the amount of jaunts to wine destinations and events in 2010 (both on my own dime and via press junkets), and plan on doubling that figure in 2011.  On tap already are plans to cover the International Malbec Days festival in Cahors, TasteCamp East in the Finger Lakes, Wine Enthusiast’s Toast of the Town D.C. event, a trip back to Napa to focus on high-end / low-production producers, a trip to Santorini to take on Greek wine – and that just covers the first 7 months of the year.

I would LOVE to get your thoughts on all of this, and any ideas you have on what you’d like to see covered on 1WD.

Thanks again for all of your support – you’re the ones who, though your passion and your willingness to share your unique viewpoints, have made this blog successful!






  • Jon Bjork

    Looks like you're firmly heading in the right direction, dude! And I'm happy to continue on the ride to come!

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Jon – I'm looking forward to driving the buggy (and hopefully not running us off the road… at least, not too much…). Cheers!

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Jon – I'm looking forward to driving the buggy (and hopefully not running us off the road… at least, not too much…). Cheers!

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Jon – I'm looking forward to driving the buggy (and hopefully not running us off the road… at least, not too much…). Cheers!

  • Mark Cochard

    Dude, how about the SWE Conference in July in DC. You ever been to one. I have been going to them since 1997 missing only 1

    • 1WineDude

      GREAT idea, Mark. I have a conflict for this year, but have been trying to juggle the schedule to see if I can attend (especially since it's in D.C. and not very far for me to travel) – if not, then 2011!

    • Approach Guides Wine

      @ Mark We recently read about the SWE conference and will definitely look to attend this year. I would love to hear Paul Wagner speak on Exploring Undiscovered Spain, which is the focus of the next version of our iPhone app. Also, David, my husband, is originally from Philly and we visit friends and family there often, so it would be great to meet up at somepoint!

      @1WineDude Excellent resolutions (and they can never come too late!). I am looking forward to reading the interviews and learning more about unique wines from interesting places. 2010 will be a great year!


      • Mark Cochard

        Jen, Keep up with me. I just followed you on twitter.

  • @nectarwine

    Joe, I admire your drive. Keep the wheels on the bus moving and you'll keep leading our pack of barking poodles. After reading all of this, one thing came to mind – "be careful, sometimes the dog catches the tail."

    Cheers and success to you and 1WD.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, man.

      The quote I like is "The higher the monkey climbs, the more we can see of his behind!" :-)

  • Ryan O'Connell

    Let's meet up in Cahors! Where are you staying?

    • 1WineDude

      Hey Ryan – not sure where we are staying yet, but email me and we can try to set something up!

  • Ryan O'Connell

    ARRGh, cancel my last invitation to meet. Tragically, the malbec days are scheduled right after the London Wine Fair and I've got to be up there to promote my vino. SORRY. I am filled with regret! :(

    • 1WineDude


  • Mary Cressler

    I love it. Thanks for sharing your goals. I've been thinking a lot about that same topic these days. Looking forward to reading about some of your upcoming adventures! Cheers

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Mary. Some of these wines (and places) are gonna be **sick**. We just might shake a few things up this year! :-)

  • Ken Payton

    Good post, Joe.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Ken – we need to start plotting our Cahors invasion, by the way…

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