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Hello World?? 1WD? WTF?!?? (or "We’re Movin’ On Up!")

Vinted on February 10, 2009 binned in about 1winedude blog
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Those of you who have been trying to visit www.1WineDude.com today have probably noticed that it looks a little… well… screwed up.

And I mean, more screwed up than usual.

That’s because 1WineDude.com is in the process of moving. This little blog is gettin’ all grows up’d, and is (finally) moving to its own web host on the WordPress platform.

Why am I doing this?

Mostly because Blogger, the platform that I’ve used for a few different blogs for several years, has gone kind of crazy lately, and continues to tag my blog as SPAM and locking it. Now, I know that some of my posts don’t make a lot of sense, but hitting me with a SPAM tag is probably taking things a tad too far.

Anyway, in the not too distant future, www.1WineDude.com will no longer send you here. It will send you to a brand new website. Different look, same content.

Or, as they say: New Label. Same Old Plonk!

For now, 1WineDude.com will take you to a generic WordPress template. Hello World! Just like the Jeffersons, we’re movin’ on up!

Cheers!

The Mile High (Wine Disappointment) Club

Vinted on February 9, 2009 binned in commentary


Flying back to the States from the U.K. this past weekend, visions of Steelers touchdown passes dancing in my head, something occurred to me.

Actually, a few things occurred to me:

  • Flying West into the sunset (or East into a sunrise) at several thousand feet is a visual treat of unmatched proportions, with the cloud horizon fading gently from burning orange to pink, purple, blue, and finally the star-speckled obsidian black of space. Sort of like the visual equivalent to the flavors in a glass of sublime red wine.
  • Business and First class aside, the wines offered on most airlines totally suck.

At least, this has been my experience.

Not that I haven’t had decent wine while flying in an aircraft – it’s just that I’ve onl had decent wine while traveling in First or Business class.

What I don’t quite understand is, given the proliferation of very good wine at very low prices, why the stock isn’t better. Just because those in coach class are resigned to the fact that they will be herded around like sky-bound cattle doesn’t mean that they want to drink like sky-bound cattle.

Not that I’m 100% sure exactly what wine a sky-bound bovine would drink… but let’s just agree that it probably wouldn’t be a discriminating choice, ok?

International carriers seem to have a leg up (glass up?) in the area of better-than-average in-flight wine offerings.

The venerable UK wine icon Jancis Robinson had been making wine picks for British Airways. Interestingly, some of the best wine choices available mid-flight are offered by airlines operating from countries that are not known for their wine – or so say the results of a 2007 wine competition by Global Traveler (which, also interestingly, only covered Business Class). Tops in that group were Taiwan’s EVA, Thai Airways International, and Gulf Air (from the Kingdom of Bahrain). Not exactly powerhouses on the world winemaking stage (at least not yet).


Still, it’s not all gloom and doom (and plonk), I suppose. Canadian wine writer Natalie McLean has detailed some of the better in-flight wine options offered (mostly on international long-haul flights), and last year the much maligned US Airways upgraded their wine list.

What’s
YOUR experience? Have you had more plonk or more perfection a mile high?

Cheers!
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images: travel.webshots.com, tonyrogers.com, popsop.com, tinnong24h.com)

My Take On Wine Blogging at WineBlogger.info

Vinted on February 6, 2009 binned in about 1winedude blog, wine blogging

Hey – ever wonder what I think about wine blogging?

No? Really?

Oh, well – just in case you change your mind: I recently asked to help start up responses to questions about wine blogging by the fine folks over at WineBlogger.info.

Or maybe I was just the first one to see the request and respond. Not sure.

Anyway, you can check out my responses to their questions on wine blogging here – and as always, you’re welcome to join in the discussion yourself (whether here or at WineBlogger.info).

Cheers!
(images: wineblogger.info)

The Rise of Snooth.com (or "Get on the Virtual Wine Bus, Already!")

Vinted on February 4, 2009 binned in commentary, wine buying


Now this is interesting. Well, interesting to me, anyway:

Venerable Internet tech. news site TechCrunch recently profiled Snooth.com (I’m an affiiate, so it caught my eye), detailing its growing popularity, and its impressive ability to secure angel funding during a very dank, dark, and dastardly economic climate. Getting featured on TechCrunch is newsworthy enough in and of itself, and the whole event garnered the attention of Kaz & Randy at WineBizRadio.com. I’ve had the pleasure of chatting (I say “chat” because he’s British) with Snooth.com founder Philip James on a few occasions, and he is a generally approachable and nice fellow, so Snooth’s success has been fulfilling to witness from a distance.

Apparently, according to TechCrunch and Snooth.com itself, Snooth.com is now the largest and fastest growing (in terms of website visits) wine community website. SNooth is now even bigger than Wine.com, which lacks the social media aspects of Snooth, and is still battling perception issues from over a year ago when they arguably put their own interests well above those of wine consumers and retailers.

What I found most interesting about the recent Snooth.com lovefest was not Snooth’s success, but how the website has been classified.

TechCrunch called it a social wine review site.”

While this is certainly true, it’s not the complete picture.

Folks, let’s be clear: Snooth is in the business of selling wine. I know that it says on their home page that they don’t sell wine. And they don’t – not directly. But the fact is that they are in the business of getting wine into your hands, through retailers whose selections are featured in their search results.

And they do it well enough – and integrate it so well with the best aspects of social wine networking (sharing reviews and recommendations) – that they are seeing huge success during a time when being relevant on the Internet at all means being involved in social networking.

Snooth.com is not the Future of Internet wine salesit’s the Present. If you want to sell wine on-line (despite the headache introduced by arcane and unconstitutional state-run alcohol distribution monopolies getting in your way), then you’d better well understand the model that Snooth.com is quietly (well, not so quietly now I suppose) perfecting.

The King (wine.com) is dead. Long live the King (Snooth.com)!

Cheers!
(images: snooth.com)

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