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Giveaways: The Beach Rescue Project Edition!

Vinted on June 15, 2009 binned in giveaways
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We’re now into our fourth straight week of giveaways here on 1WineDude.com! This week, I’m teaming up with Barefoot Wine to help promote their Beach Rescue Project and the Barefoot Republic network.

YOU could win a gift bag of giveaway goodness from Barefoot Wines that includes a tote bag, wine opener, stemless wine glass, and a big soft beach towel – pretty much perfect Summer gear for the wine lover!

Hmmm… I’m kind of bummed that I’m not eligible to win, now that I think about it.

Anyway…

This giveaway has a few more requirements than the ones that we’ve run in the previous three weeks, so you all need to listen up if you want a chance to win.  But first, let’s tell you a little bit about the Beach Rescue Project

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-06-13

Vinted on June 13, 2009 binned in twitter, wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Trefethen Oak Knoll Chardonnay (Napa): Yeah it's oaky, but there's good fruit & structure. Has balanced returned to the land of T Chard? #
  • 07 The Crusher Wilson vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Clarksburg): Jammy & spicy enough to be Syrah, cheap enough that you might not care. #
  • 08 Carmen Gewurztraminer (Curico Valley): All the right mojo is there (lychee, rose petal) but it's kinda flabby. Time for the treadmill… #
  • 05 Franciscan Magnificat (Napa Valley): If you like red, jammy CA Cab, then you're not likely to do much better. Bring the checkbook. #
  • 08 The Crusher Petite Sirah (Clarksburg): Like spicy cigar smoke. But those astringent tannins will never soften, so bring some flank steak. #

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Wine Blog of the Month (Also, I Rule the Future of Wine Criticism! WTF?)

Vinted on June 12, 2009 binned in about 1winedude blog, wine blogging

Things are coming up ‘Dude’ in the month of June!

Friend of the Dude RJ has listed 1WineDude.com as it’s Wine Blog of the Month over at RJ’s Wine Blog! Here’s what RJ had to say about selecting the blog:

1WineDude is a perennial presence in the wine world and someone who always has something interesting to say. He will always be an compelling read…

Wow!

I’m really stoked, grateful and very humbled to have made the cut.  Thanks, RJ!

In other news, apparently I totally own the future of wine criticism, according to Wine Enthusiast editor and Friend of the Dude Steve Heimoff.  Yesterday, Steve indulged in a bit of crystal ball prophesying titled “It could happen…”, in which he proposes a witty future in 2030 (when I’ll be… well, a lot older than I am now) where I am the galaxy’s most influential human wine critic (and in battle against 2030’s version of today’s wine bloggers, who are androids):

“Roberts, widely acknowledged as the most influential wine critic on Earth, the Moon and Mars, found himself in the crosshairs at the recent winebot conference, held in the Hubble Hotel some 600 miles in space.”

It’s a funny read and a much-needed break from some of the “heavier sh*t” going down in the wine world recently (like failing businesses, embattled critics, plummeting journalist revenue…).

But let’s hope, for the sake of our children, and of our children’s children, that Steve’s powers of prediction aren’t anywhere near as keen as his palate!

Cheers!

(images: rjswineblog.com)

A (Few) Thousand Words: Wine Journeys in Pictures

Vinted on June 11, 2009 binned in wine blogging

I find it interesting that the advent of alternative media formats, like blogging, have not only enabled millions to publish by removing barriers to entry, but have also forced those same would-be self-publishers into a strange situation.  That is they’re not just reporting, writing, and publishing.  They’re also editing, formatting layout work in terms of text/pictures/etc., and acting as photographers.

It’s also interesting that this “jack of all trades, master of none” scenario is playing out in traditional print media as well, though it’s being driven less by independence and need and more by financial cutbacks (which themselves are in part a result of the alternative media phenomenon).

It also means that the modern-day reporting warrior carries not just a notepad, but a camera and lenses; one eye on their story, the other on the lookout for a decent shot.

I consider myself a terrible photographer.  Which is why I’ve not invested thousands of dollars in a decent SLR camera with primo lens attachments.  It would be like giving a Stradivari violin to a monkey.  I do, however, at least try to take pictures that are not uninteresting and that give me a chance of sparking some memory of an event…
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