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Come Taste With Me (Sort Of)!

Vinted on July 16, 2008 binned in twitter, wine tasting
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Come taste with me tomorrow! Me, and maybe several dozen of my closest virtual friends, that is!

I’ll be taking part in the next BinEndsWine.com live tasting event tomorrow at 7PM ET. The event is taking place via twitter, which you can follow by friending me up at twitter.com/1WineDude. Check out my previous post for more details.

Joining me in-person will be Mary & Sugendran from WCDish.com, along with Heather Wright from Cellar Door Imports.

I’ve never tasted the wines before, and to the best of my knowledge niether have my guests. Since the vino we’re sampling are six picks from Spain, this will also be the unofficial start of the 1WineDude.com Spanish Caravan!

I’ve also never participated in a twitter live tasting event before. I think it’s supposed to be wine tasting via technology, but I think it may end up being more like wine tasting VS. technology (considering that I’m doing this from my house, I don’t plan on doing much spitting). My money’s on the booze, but you’ll need to tune into twitter.com/1WineDude to see just how silly it gets.

Hope to see you on-line.

Cheers!

Three Reasons Why You Should Be a Wine Blogger

Vinted on July 15, 2008 binned in best of, commentary, wine 2.0, wine blogging


A few days ago I published a somewhat controversial post giving you three reasons why you shouldn’t become a wine blogger.

Now, I’m about to give you three reasons why you should wine blog. [Editor's note: is 'wine blog' a verb now?]

My intention is not to flip-flop a position. I’m just trying to give you both sides of the bogger coin. And this is definitely the shinier, more polished, ‘much-more-coolly-embossed with some awesome emblem’ side of that coin. [Editor's note: is 'coolly' an adverb? My god, man, we're off to a shaky start here!!]

Anyway, let’s get down to business; here’s my Top Three Reasons Why YOU Should Be a Wine Blogger…:


1) You need to be original from day one.
No, you’re not going crazy. Yes, this is the #3 reason I listed previously for why you shouldn’t be a wine blogger. No, it’s not easy to offer an original voice in the wine blogging community. Or is it…? The positive flipside of this coin is that you have a no-to-low cost opportunity to have your voice heard on a topic that you are passionate about – and in time, people will listen to that voice. The line between professional/expert opinions and the voice of the on-line masses is blurring. There’s never been a better time to be a part of any topic for which you have a passion.

2) Two’s company, Three’s a crowd, and 600 is a Wine Blogging Community.
This one might look familar to you also [Editor's note: Sensing a theme here? ]. According to some sources, social media has overtaken porn in on-line popularity. We musicians in the rythym section often say “if you’re not part of the groove, you’re part of the problem.” Well, if you’re not part of social media, you’re really not part of the Internet. Not only is it a great time to be a part of the wine blogging community, it’s ridiculously easy to do so. Hop on over to OpenWineConsortium.org, join (for free), friend me up, and start blogging. Total cost: $0.00. Total time: about 6 minutes.

3) Democratize the Wine World.
It’s not often that you get to be a part of history. And history is being made in the world of wine, on the web, right now as you read this. It might sound a bit overly dramatic [Editor's note: OK, a lot], but can you think of a better term to describe a movement that gathers people together (albeit virtually) from all over the globe and tries to put the power back into the hands of the people? That is what is going down in the Wine 2.0 movement; the view of what is considered quality wine is shifting from the hands of a few influential critics, and into the masses. Don’t miss out – we just might be onto something special here.

There you have it. Enough positivity to rescue from the depression of my previous post. Come on in – the water’s (or is it the vino’s?) fine

Cheers!

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Teikoku Tasting Wrap-Up & Azie / BinEndsWine.com Live Tasting Event!

Vinted on July 14, 2008 binned in twitter, wine tasting

I recently had the pleasure of attending a wine/plate pairing at the fabulous Teikoku restaurant in PA. The food, as always, was stellar (I suppose that’s par for the course for anything prepared by Iron Chef Takao Iinuma).

The wines (selected and poured by wine educator, Matthew Esser from Shiffrin Selections and wine educator and consultant, Heather Wright from Cellar Door Imports, both personal friends) were fine examples of vino that matches up perfectly with summer fare. My ‘mini-reviews‘ of the wines are below – I recommend any of these if you’re looking for great summer wines that won’t break the bank:

Next up, I’ve got two more tasting events that I should probably be plugging so here goes…:


1) There’s a Sake Tasting taking event tomorrow (July 15) on the deck at Azie’s in Media, PA. I don’t know much about sake so this is going to be one of my inaugural (a.k.a trial-by-fire) journeys into the heart of all things sake. 6:30-8:30PM, $30 per person. The menu:

Kumamoto Oysters & Harushika Tokimeki Sparkling
Gobuo Quick Fry & Bishonen “Beautiful Boy” Ginjo
Sushi “Big Eye” tuna, hamachi and bass & Ohyama “Big Mountain” Junmai
Pork belly “Kakuni” stew &Taiheizan Tenko Daiginjo

Bonus!

2) BinEndsWine.com will be holding their monthly “twitter taste live” on July 17 at 7PM ET. This month’s installment will feature Spanish wines selected by European Cellars’ Solomon. Eric will join Ryan & Gabriella Opaz of Catavino.net live via twitter.com to taste and discuss the wines. Also taking part via twitter.com will be yours truly. Here’s the skinny on how to follow the action on twitter.com:

And as for the wine lineup (which is lookin’ mighty tasty!):

Hope to see you on twitter!

Cheers!

Three Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be a Wine Blogger

Vinted on July 11, 2008 binned in best of, commentary, wine blogging

So… you wanna be a wine blogger, eh? [ Editor's note: sorry, did not mean to sound Canadian there...].

Well, I’m here to tell ya NOT to do it.

Now, before you flame me with nasty e-mails and comments, please bear in mind that I will be following up this post next week with three reasons why you should be a wine blogger. But I can’t in good conscience do that before I tell you what you’re really up against if you want to wine blog.

Any type of blogging worth its salt is going to require genuine commitment from you. It will also require that your writing not totally stink. But these are not the reasons why you should think twice (or thrice, or… uhm… whatever comes after thrice) about starting up a wine blog.

Let me clue you in on the real scoop of wine blogging – the gritty reality behind the glitz, the glamor, the fortune, the fame…


1) There is no glitz, fortune or fame in wine blogging.
Sorry to have to break this to ya, but there’s no glitz, glamor, fortune or fame when it comes to wine blogging. You will NOT be quitting your day job. You will NOT be raking in the bucks from ad revenue. You will NOT be interviewed on CNN to expound on your wine smarties. Blogging revenue is usually tied directly to traffic. Who gets the most traffic in the on-line world? Social networks, porn, and productivity blogs (basically in that order). Wine blogging is NOT in the top three. It’s probably not even in the top 300 – and it probably never will be.

2) Two’s company, Three’s a crowd, and 600 is a Wine Blogging Community.
Guess what? You’re not the only wine blogger out there. You are in very good company. According to Alder at Vinography.com (arguably the granddaddy of all wine blogging), there are now over 600 wine bloggers. At least 200 of those are in the U.S. alone. It’s not just a crowded field – it’s a REALLY crowded field. And all of those bloggers are competing in some way, shape, or form for a similar reader pool as you. Doh! Even better – most of them probably know all the tricks of the trade in blogging to maximize their search engine karma, technorati authority, google page rank, etc., etc., etc. Double Doh! Which leads me to our next reason not to wine blog…

What you get out of wine blogging will depend primarily on what you put into it. In that sense, it’s a relationship between you and your blogging.

3) You need to be original from day one.
To wine blog, you need to offer something original to the community of 600+ and their potential readers. This will NOT be easy to do in a field of 600+ and their potential readers. In fact, it will be really, really, really difficult. And you won’t have much time to do it, either. Potential readers will decide in a matter of seconds whether or not your blog is worth reading ever again. They can do this because if they don’t like yours they can very quickly try another one of the 600+. Standing out is essential, and it’s not easy to do. Have fun!

It may not seem like it from the timbre of this post, but personally I don’t think that any of the above should stop you from wine blogging if you’re really passionate about it. What you get out of wine blogging (or any blogging, for that matter) will depend primarily on what you put into it. In that sense, it’s a relationship between you and your blogging.

More on that next week. In the meantime, have a safe and wine-filled weekend.

Cheers!

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