I’ve penned my first piece for Palate Press, the on-line wine magazine that is taking the global blog-o-world by storm!
Ok, maybe “taking by storm” is a bit of an exaggeration… until I showed up and the party could officially start, that is!
Ok, maybe the whole “the party can get started now” thing is a bit of an exaggeration as well.
Actually it’s a total exaggeration – Palate Press doesn’t need me, they’ve been kicking total ass since their launch earlier this month; I’m just a straggler who finally got around to writing something almost good enough to make a cut into the article rotation. (Since I’m friends with the editor and publisher, they probably let me slide. Just this once.)
Anyway, if you’re interested in my take on the idea of Pennsylvania’s godless, communist liquor control board to poison the economy of the good Commonwealth with wine kiosk machines that automatically dispense bottles of wine after doing some sort of personal scan that I think destroys part of your soul and drains the blood from innocent babies (hint: I’m not a fan of this plan), then head over to Palate Press and check it out!
Intrepid Wine Enthusiast editor and fellow blogger Steve Heimoff pointed out to me this week that 1WineDude has somehow found its way into the top slot in PostRank’s wine blog rankings.
Steve and uber-wine-industry blogger Tom Wark have both recently penned blog posts about the various rankings of wine bloggers in one form or another – both takes are well worth a read.
What does the PostRank ranking mean? Aside from the obvious – i.e., temporary bragging rights over #2 Wine Library TV – I’m not sure what it means. I attempted to find out by checking out how PostRank comes to its ranking decisions, but I couldn’t figure it out in 15 seconds, so I gave up.
I’m grateful, I’m happy, and I don’t plan on changing anything because all of this ranking business doesn’t tell you whether or not you’d like reading 1WineDude.
For those bloggers finding themselves at the top of any of the various ranking algorithms these days, I’d offer the following bit of time-honored wisdom:
According to General George Patton, "For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeteers, musicians and strange animals from conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conquerors rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children robed in white stood with him in the chariot or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning…”
I like to think that warning went something like this:
“The higher the monkey climbs, the more you can see of his butt.”
Feels like forever since I posted the first edition of 5 Blogs in 5 Minutes. Time to pony up five more wine blogs that I think are worth checking out!
Another Wine Blog – The brainchild of Amy & Joe Power, this is a site that has been on top of the hottest topics in the wine world lately. The writing is done well, which makes up for the confusing (to me anyway) new layout of the website. Anyway, what I really like about this couple is that they always provide an educated and opinionated take on those topics, which is why I read blogs, after all!
Wine Without Borders – Talk about fighting the good fight… This blog from the Specialty Wine Retailers Association sheds the harsh light of truth on the despicable practices of those who are trying to keep a monopolistic strangle-hold on alcohol distribution in the U.S. Living in the Communist-wealth of Pennsylvania, I have a vested interest in the SWRA’s success. This is an organization and a movement that needs and deserves your support. Tom Wark deserves a medal for the work he’s doing here.
Rockss and Fruit – Think that I speak my mind? Well, Lyle Fass makes me look like a U.S. Ambassador to Saudia Arabia. Normally, stream-of-consciousness style blogs bore the hell out of me, but Lyle has a way of making even the mundane seem interesting and his recollections of interacting with some of the world’s best wines borders on the poetic. And when he tears something down, damn, he really tears it down!
Drinks Are On Me – Is there anybody who doesn’t know Bostonian Dale Cruse? If not, you’re in for a treat. Dale is one of those truly unique figures in the wine world – funny, articulate, and thoroughly original in the items that he decides to cover on his blog. What I love about DAOM is that I never know what Dale is going to talk about next, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be laughing my ass off when I read it!
Wine Lovers Page – This site has been around for a good long while and while not technically considering itself a blog, it more-or-less functions as one anyway. I’ve always found this site to be insanely useful and approachable. They also have wine-related forums that are a few-thousand members strong. Worth checking out.
As many frequent 1WineDude readers already know, I recently lost my grandmother to Alzheimer’s disease. She died at the age of 96 – but the truth is, she was dead years before that, bedridden and unable to care for herself or recognize her loved ones. Caring for her placed an almost unbearable emotional toll on my family.
I would LOVE for my family to be one of the last who ever had to go through that.
So on World Alzheimer’s Day, I’m asking you to help me KICK ALZHEIMER’S ASS!
YOU can help, and it’s easy. go to the Help 1WineDude Kick Alzheimer’s Ass donation page, and make a donation.
Together, we’re gonna raise $10,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. That’s right – 10Gs! Seems like a big number, but look at it this way:
If everyone who visited 1WineDude.com in a month donated just $1, we’d beat that goal already.
I’m asking YOU to donate a buck.
If you’ve ever had a friend, loved one, or colleague who’s been touched by this disease – and chances are, that’s everyone reading this – then donate.
Donate now – not later, not when you can get around to it, I’m asking you to do it RIGHT NOW. You will NOT miss that dollar, and you’ll be helping to make the world a better place – we can all toast to that!
If you want to link back to this post to help spread the word, that’s great. If you want to tweet the link, or throw it into your next facebook update – also great. But what we really, really, really need is for you to throw a buck into the collective pot – that would do more good than all of the tweeting and facebooking that you could muster.
So donate now – let’s Kick Alzheimer’s ass today!