My New Year’s Resolutions (What’s Coming Up on 1WD)

Vinted on April 8, 2010 binned in about 1winedude blog

Yeah.  I know.  I’m late.  Whatever – I’ve got a two-year-old daughter.  At least I’m actually getting around to it, right?

I’ve got a simple resolution for 2010, actually, when it comes to 1WineDude.com, anyway:

Make 1WineDude.com “more betterer!”

The devil’s squarely in the details, of course, but the bottom line is that wine blogs, like wine brands, have increased in both quality and quantity, and there have never been more wine blogs pumping out higher-quality content than there are right now. Hell, just look at the list of nominees for the Wine Blog Awards.  Which means not only do I have to run to stand still, I need to continuously figure out how to add more and more value for you on these virtual pages.

Either that, or continue to dupe you into thinking that I know what I’m talking about (it ain’t easy!).

I’m grateful for each and every reader of this blog, and I realize that many of the same people who are pumping out great wine content are regular readers here; some are up-and-coming new voices, and are some long-standing and well-respected traditional (and non-traditional) talents in the wine world.  1WineDude.com is, more and more, becoming a place where “Intermediate” and “Expert” wine personalities can mingle and exchange ideas.

I sincerely hope that never changes.

So, in 2010, I’m trying to give you more to talk about, and more interesting things to talk about…

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Sting Like a “B” (Bastianich’s Ass-Kicking Friuli Goodness)

Vinted on April 7, 2010 binned in Italian Wine, wine review

Usually I prefer to know when wine samples are coming to my door.  For the most part this has to do with the vagaries of logistics (will someone be around to sign for the package?), but just as importantly I prefer to know that the wine has some potential value for 1WineDude.com readers (you folks like that hard-to-find, more interesting juice).

Also, I need to find room in my basement, which is overrun with Styrofoam packing material that needs to be driven down to DE for recycling.  Either that, or I’m gonna build a huge Styrofoam wall, and then bust out of it and scare the living shit out of my dog…

Anyway, it’s a really, really nice surprise when an unsolicited sample actually rocks the Kasbah and does have potential value for the 1WD crowd; when that random bottle that just shows up and causes my dog to absolutely freak out beyond all reason at the approach of the UPS truck (if you ever want to know what it’s like to dislocate your shoulder, just walk my dog around my neighborhood during UPS delivery time) is all worth it.

Which is why I recently did a double-head fake after tasting the 2006 Bastianich Tocai Plus – a rare moment when the odd random sample provided true blogging serendipity. I dare say it was even worth all of the mad barking, as this wine offers a nice helping of Friulian ass-kickery…

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Wine Blogging Wednesday 67: The Wrap-Up!

Vinted on April 5, 2010 binned in wine blogging wednesday

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the 67th Wine Blogging Wednesday

It was a blast hosting the event, and I was mightily impressed with the high quality of the articles that were written around the theme of choosing what wine you’d use to introduce white wine drinkers to the pleasures of wed wine imbibing.  I’m gonna have to become a better writer to keep up with you people! 

Also, I should get my act together and post these wrap-ups more quickly after the event… oh well…

For those looking for an easy answer recommendation of what red to use on white wine drinkers, you’re out of luck – we got a lot of variety in the answers to this March’s WBW challenge.  Fortunately, many of the participants have conducted field research on willing (?) victims, so you can witness the impacts and specific results (successful and otherwise) via their posts.

I thought it might be fun to wrap-up the WBW proceedings by grouping the participating blog posts by variety / wine region / style, so that you could compare and contrast the different results within similar wine choices – which were much more varied than you might first expect from folks recommending similar wines.

So, without any further fanfare from me, here are the results. 

Ok, I lied, I have one more bit of fanfare first: If you’re a wine blogger, get yourself in touch with WBW founder Lenn Thompson with theme ideas, and offer up your blog as a place to host one of the future WBW events, ’cause it’s a hell of a lot of fun, and you’re sure to learn some interesting shizz after reading the contributing articles!…

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