Not-Quite-Readers’ Choice: Top 10 1WineDude Articles of 2009

Vinted on December 30, 2009 binned in about 1winedude blog, best of, commentary

It’s almost 2010, and you know what that means.

It means we need to get in at least one cheesy end-of-year-summary post!

What I decided to do was to completely forgo my personal favorite 1WineDude.com articles of the past year, and instead present the articles form 2009 that garnered the most reaction by YOU, the readers, since you’re what makes the 1WineDude.com wheel go ‘round.  The logical way was to pull together the most-commented posts from 2009, which I present below for your recap-ing pleasure.

As for the most-viewed posts, I figured I didn’t have a great way to measure that for the full year, having moved over to a new blogging platform and a new analytics platform in 2009. And more importantly, I didn’t think that measure would be as interesting as seeing which articles you actually felt were worth the contribution of your opinions – now that measure seemed like fun to me.

What did I learn from pulling this list together?

You people seem to love controversy!

9 out of the top 10 most commented posts of 2009 cover controversial topics – from blogger-bashing by wine media big-wigs, to hot topics in the wine-writing/blogging, wine consumption, and wine appreciation, you folks like to state your opinions… and I love ya for it!…

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Guy Who Possibly Hates Wine Blogging to Give Talk on Wine Blogging at VINO 2010

Vinted on December 28, 2009 binned in commentary, wine blogging, wine industry events

Well… this is… interesting.

Fellow wine fanatic and blogger Robbin Gheesling passed this tidbit onto me earlier this week:

Remember Anthony dias Blue?  He’s the guy who just this past summer had this to say about wine bloggers:

“…bitter, carping gadflies who, as they stare into their computer screens and contemplate their dreary day jobs, let their resentment and sense of personal failure take shape as vicious attacks on the established critical media.”

Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

Seems he might have changed his mind – dias Blue is currently scheduled to give a talk on wine blogging at the upcoming VINO 2010 Italian Wine Week in New York.

Here’s the skinny from the program:

Seminar # 7
Room: Louis XIV  Suite (4th Floor)
Presentation: “Blogging on Wine and Social Networking: New Tools in reaching
Consumers of Italian Wine ”
Moderated  by:    Anthony  Dias  Blue 
,  WCBS  Radio,  journalist  and  author,  Los
Angeles, California

WTF?!??

I don’t want to disparage the guy the possibility that his tune on wine blogging has changed – and I sincerely hope that it has.  I just really, really, really hope that dias Blue has had a bit of self-revelation and has seen a turn-around in his thinking since July, or this might get really ugly, really fast.

Because the last thing that wineries, PR, and media need to hear is that blogging and social media aren’t important or are somehow full of “barbarian… militant bloggers” (his words, from July), because both are patently false.

Cheers!

(images: gayot.com)

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-12-26

Vinted on December 26, 2009 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 09 Drylands Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): A tasty passion fruit smack-down that eventually sends you to a soft landing on a bed of limes. #
  • 04 Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valey): A cadre of awesome players. Starring: Cassis & pencil lead. With Specail Guest: Mr. earth! #
  • 06 Adelsheim Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Poached Pacific salmon has met its Intense red berry and smokey match. #
  • 08 L'Ecole No. 41 "Walla Voila" Chenin Blanc (Columbia Valley): Cooking Dungeness crab? Sick of Chard? Try this. Tropical fruits & 'heft'. #
  • 07 McCrea Syrah (Yakima Valley): Deep, dark, peppery & rough around the edges in that endearing kind of way (like your goofy Uncle Fred). #
  • 05 Cornerstone Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Intensely focused & still young. Several hrs decanting & a large beef roast required. #

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Happy Holidays from 1WineDude.com

Vinted on December 25, 2009 binned in holidays

I mean, who doesn’t feel like this at least once during the rush of the holiday season, right?

Wishing you and yours a safe, jolly, and wine-filled holiday!

Cheers!

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