In the words of the wise and eloquent bard Homer Simpson, “DOH!”
Seems that 1WineDude.com is having some serious trouble this week. It’s possible that many of you have been getting very slow response times from the blog, having it time-out, or are receiving errors.
It’s not you, it’s most definitely us.
I do know about it, and so does my hosting provider, who is working on the issue now. We’re hoping to have things running normally again very soon.
Sorry for the inconvenience. I’ll be keeping you updated on status via twitter as events warrant.
Don’t let a little thing like this come between us, okay? I’ll make it up to you. I promise.
(image: twitter.com… sort of…)
I love writing about wine. And I often encourage people who love wine to blog about it, since it’s so easy to set-up a blog, and it’s such a great way to record your thoughts, feelings, and observations as you travel your own personal ‘wine journey’.
Sometimes, when a wine lover that I know gets a bit more serious about their quest for wine knowledge and for wine blogging, I get asked questions about how they can monetize their blog, and what type of money the can expect to bring in via their blog. The conversation usually goes something like this:
Them: So… what kind of money are you making on 1WineDude.com?
Me: Not much.
Them: Really? Like, how much is not much?
Me: Like, almost nothing.
[ insert awkward silence and disappointment ]
For reasons that I find difficult to comprehend, some people tend to think that wine blogging can become a source of direct income. If you’re one of those people, I’ve got some bad news for you.
You’d better be passionate about wine if you want to blog about it, because monetary reward is not really going to be part of the pay-off for you.
Simply put, you aren’t going to make any serious money from wine blogging…
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‘Bits & bobs’ left over from Joe’s coverage of the 2009 Wine Bloggers Conference in Sonoma. You could call these rejects off of the cutting room floor, but we prefer the term “previously unreleased gems.” Cheers!
It’s often said that imitation is flattery in its most sincere form.
Imitation is also a way of making a quick buck, and in the case of wine has sometimes been used to dupe even the world’s most influential palates and wine writers.
Counterfeiting, in the U.S. alone, is about a $200 billion a year business, and it’s been estimated by Wine Spectator (yeah, yeah, I know…) that 5% of old/rare wine sold on the “secondary market” is fake. Faking a wine isn’t necessarily easy, but somewhat ironically the job gets a bit easier for those trying to fake rare, older wines – simply because most people haven’t had them, so there are few barometers to judge how they should or shouldn’t taste. In some cases, as detailed in Benjamin Wallace’s The Billionaire’s Vinegar, the rock stars of the wine tasting world may in fact have based their tasting notes of older, rarer wines on fakes. Examining a bottle to determine if it’s a fake can be a time-consuming and difficult process.
The reason I’m telling you all of this?
I think I recently just may have had my first faked wine…
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