My Biggest Regret of 2009 (I Need You To Donate $1 TODAY)

Vinted on January 11, 2010 binned in about 1winedude blog

By most counts, 2009 was a great year for 1WineDude.com.

The blog won some awards.  I got interviewedquite a lot.  The blog was featured in some cool places.  I got to contribute to some great publications (like CNBC and Mutineer Mag).  And getting mentioned in Yahoo! Tech news and the L.A. Times was really cool.

But…

I’ve got this ugly, nagging feeling of “so much left undone” when it comes to one effort in 2009 that had special meaning for me.

Simply put, the progress on my initiative to Help Kick Alzheimer’s Ass has been really, really disappointing.

Let’s make one thing very clear right off the bat: I did NOT push the Help Kick Alzheimer’s Ass initiative as hard as I should have.  And for the most part, 1WineDude.com readers were FANTASTIC at spreading the word on the initiative on Facebook and twitter.  And some very, very generous people have donated to the cause.

But the Alzheimer’s Association has been a total FAIL when it comes to helping me promote this fundraiser, and we have a LONG WAY to go before we reach our fundraising goal.

So, I’m starting 2010 by asking you a favor.

If everyone who visited this blog donated a dollar, we’d reach our fundraising goal in less than one month

Become a fan on FacebookRetweet links to the donation page. But most importantly, please donate a dollar.

Cheers… and THANK YOU!

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Chablis-Di-Di!

Vinted on January 10, 2010 binned in Uncategorized

I don’t normally run sponsored ad content in a post, but the folks representing this campaign have been really cool to me as I’ve been trying to work out technical issues to get their video content up on 1WineDude.com.

Plus, the campaign has to do with my all-time favorite Chardonnay region: Chablis (they didn’t pay me to say that, either! :-).

Cheers!

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-01-09

Vinted on January 9, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 05 Cesari Mara Vino Di Ripasso (Valpolicella): Dried cherry action w/ some orange peel & spice happily complicating matters. Pass the pork. #
  • 05 Ruffino Riserva Ducale (Chianti Classico): For all that complex dark cherry structure, it's starting to show a bit of age. Drink soon. #
  • 07 Jackson-Triggs Vidal Icewine (Niagara): Like mango & melon sorbet. Actually, for the price, it's better than mango & melon sorbet. #
  • 06 Walter Dacon "Appanage" Syrah (Yakima Valley): How do you make good cold-climate syrah in Yakima? Ask these guys, they've nailed it. #
  • 03 Masi Costasera Amarone Classico (Valpolicella): Totally amped up acidity, tannin, booze, etc. Just a baby (but a tasty black fruit baby) #
  • 05 Masi Campofiorin Ripasso (Veronese): Well-balanced & well-integrated. A delight. Food-friendly Amarone without the obnoxious wait. #
  • 05 Domaine des Bernadins Muscat de Beaumes de Venise: Like a circular saw blade made from flowers, honey & mint; rough around the edges. #
  • 06 Protos Ribera del Duero Roble: A red fruit tableau bargain that plays well with others in the culinary sandbox (your dinner table). #
  • 06 Monte Antico Toscana: A humble Tuscan mostly-Sangiovese blend – humble in origin, price, & taste. Maybe a bit too humble in taste… #

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Should 1WineDude.com Start Using Wine Ratings? Have Your Say!

Vinted on January 7, 2010 binned in about 1winedude blog, wine review

Yes, I am actually going there.

No, I don’t expect everyone to like it, which is why I am asking you what you think about it.  Here’s the skinny:

What It Is

  • A grade I would give any wine reviewed on 1WineDude.com (and on the mini-wine review twitter feed).
  • The grade would follow the ‘report card’ format: highest compliment is an “A+” and lowest is an “F” (maybe an “F-“ if the wine really, really, really sucks donkey bong).

What It Ain’t

  • It is NOT a numerical rating system (we know where I stand on that stuff, right?).  For those of you who like to ‘post scan’ and then comment: Please do NOT comment on how I am a sellout because I’m giving a wine a number.  Because I’m not giving it a number.  Actually, why am I writing that since you post-scanners aren’t reading it.  Whatever.
  • It does NOT mean a change to how I cover wines on the blog. Same approach (detailed coverage, a story about and behind the wine, not just a tasting impression), just add the grade to the end of it.

Why The F— I Am Doing This

  • I know that there are many wine-lovin’ people out there who probably don’t take a lot of stock in a numerical score, but still want a quick way to take it all in when it comes to a wine’s value for money, it’s overall sensory impressions, it’s raison de’tre (is that raisin de’tre for Amarone? sorry, couldn’t help myself).  I’m just not sure if those folks are reading this blog.  Hence the poll below.

Feel free to give me your thoughts on this, and comment away if you love it or hate it.  I’m a big boy – I can take it.

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Cheers!

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