Wow – I feel like I’ve arrived!
This week, 1WineDude is featured on Tom Wark’s long-standing and excellent wine blog Fermentation. This mention is extra-special for me, because I’ve really enjoyed Tom’s Bloggerviews series and have often been turned on to new and interesting writers that Tom has featured.
To me, when Tom features a blogger on Bloggerviews, it usually means that they’ve really hit their stride as a writer. I don’t know if I quite qualify as hitting my stride, but I’m certainly honored to have been included in the great company of wine bloggers that he’s featured. I think that Tom’s prescription for eyeglasses may need renewal, however, since he mentions in the feature that I’m a good-looking guy… clearly his glasses require work (or at the very least, need a good cleaning). Anyway, check out Tom’s post here:
Tom begins his feature with the words “Here’s what I think about Joe Roberts…” Well, I need to tell you all what I think about Tom Wark.
Tom deserves a medal for the work that he has done, sometimes behind the scenes and outside of the public eye, as Executive Director of the Specialty Wine Retailers Association, with a mission to further the fight for a free market for wine in the United States. To put it simply, if you are able to have wine shipped to your home directly then you probably owe a small debt to Tom and the SWRA for helping fight to maintain that right for you. If you can’t yet have wine shipped directly to you legally, then Tom is the person you want on your side in the battle to get there. Keep fighting the good fight, Tom!
You can follow the SWRA’s Wine Without Borders blog here.
Technically speaking, there are approximately a boat load of wine blogs out here on the “global interwebs.”
I know what you’re thinking.
What, there are wine blogs besides 1wineDude.com? Really??
A recent count has us at about 1,000 wine blogs being published worldwide. Nearly 50% of those are published in English. That’s about as dizzying an array of choices to the average American wine consumer as his or her available wine brand choices, which some estimates have pegged at about 7,000.
Personally, I subscribe to a paltry, tiny percentage of those blogs. Not because only a small percentage are any good; it’s mostly because I’m lazy. In fact, I am constantly amazed at the quality of many of the wine blogs available. But… I’ve got a toddler running around the house, a side career in music, and an IT career. So time isn’t exactly a luxury at Chateau Dude.
For those of you who are also busy, I’m going to start featuring small pieces on other wine blogs that I follow. The idea is that if you have 5 minutes, I’ll give you five wine blogs that you should check out in those 5 minutes, if only to bookmark and come back to them later when you do have more time.
Hopefully these blogs make it into your RSS reader of choice, if they’re not there already. Just remember to come back to 1WineDude once in awhile, okay?
So… here is the first edition of “5 in 5”…
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Hey! In a stunning display of poor judgment, Sacre Bleu Wines has published an interview with me. Here’s what they have to say as a matter of introduction, which is all quite flattering (and I hope I can live up to it!):
The word Dude in our culture is held in high esteem. It’s typically reserved for the special and elite among us. Think Jeff Spicoli, Jeffrey Lebowski, Lao Tzu, Bill and Ted, Julia Child and Joe Roberts..aka 1WineDude. Dude is one of the most entertaining and interesting words in any language, it means so many different things. In fact, it can mean everything. People can even converse saying nothing else but Dude. Dude, where’s my wine?
Joe Roberts, for many in the wine blogging world, is simply 1WineDude. He writes with comedic flair and intimacy. He reviews wines and wine trends, then makes us feel as though we know exactly what he means. His posts come with genuine wit and we don’t come away from his writing feeling adorned with polite, formal bullshit. Jeff Lefevere remarked that reading Roberts was like reading someone “doing a raucous stand-up comedy routine while sprinting on a treadmill.”
So while the 1WineDude takes writing about wine seriously, he is able to stand back and look at wine for what it is. Tastes good, sometimes great and leaves a nice buzz in its wake.
We asked the 1WineDude or “Duder, His Dudeness, Or El Duderino, if, you know, you’re not into the whole brevity thing…” to talk with us about his work, his passion.
You can read the entire piece after the jump.
At first glance, saying that grape growers – being one link the overall supply chain that provides wine to consumers – would feel the pressure of the economic downturn and its negative impact on wine sales would seem like a no-brainer.
“Well… duh!” you’re probably thinking, “If the economy sucks, and fewer people buy wine, wouldn’t suppliers naturally suffer in terms of selling less of their product to wineries?”
Sounds reasonable, my astute friend. You’re one of those people that paid attention in Economics class. I can tell.
But apparently that view is missing some of the complexity of the situation, at least according to recent stories in two major wine publications.
In July, Wines & Vines featured a cover story called Growers’ Reality Check, which detailed the outcomes of a June Vineyard Economics Seminar held in Napa. The picture was, in a word, glum.
Of the surveyed attendees, a meager 44% predicted an upswing in wine sales – down from 78% one year ago.
Last week, Wine Spectator’s Tim Fish (who has yet to publicly attack me so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt!) reported on a glut in the wine grape-growing market in California.
The big swing was due, of course, to the economic downturn, which has seen consumers shift their wine buying patterns away form the $20 and up range and towards value wine brand territory.
“Wait a minute,” you’re probably saying, “if consumers are still buying wine, doesn’t it mean that grape growers can still sell, maybe just at lower prices?”.
Not quite, my economically-astute friend… not quite…
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