Seeing Red For the First Time (Wine Blogging Wednesday #67)

Vinted on March 3, 2010 binned in wine blogging, wine blogging wednesday, wine review

I’m thrilled to be hosting the next Wine Blogging Wednesday (#67) right here on, which will take place on Wednesday, March 24th!

I haven’t hosted a WBW event since November 2008 (WBW #51), so I wanted to make sure that I had a really cool theme for the event – and I think the one that WBW founder Lenn Thompson and I agreed on is pretty cool and will generate some great discussion.

The Theme

This month’s WBW theme is Seeing Red For the First Time.

To participate, you’ll need to pick a red wine that you would use to introduce a white wine drinker to red wines for the first time.  Think of a person that only ever drinks white wine, and answer the question: What Red Wine would I use to convince that white-wine-only person that they should also drink reds?

Include a review of the wine, and be sure to tell us why you chose that style of wine, or that wine in particular (or both).

We’ve deliberately kept this theme open-ended so you can go as crazy as you like in your choices.  ANY still red wine is eligible (including Rose wines, provided that they’re made primarily of red varieties).

Would you ease them into the world of reds with an off-dry Rose? Or go full-bore and knock their socks off with a classic, expensive, explosive fruit bomb?  You decide!

The Logistics

The way that WBW works (in summary): You get a wine that lines up with the theme, you review said wine, post your review and related thoughts, and send a link to the host, who will then summarize the event and write a wrap-up with a link to your review.

So, to participate in this round of WBW, post a comment to on or before March 24th (either comment on this post, or to my WBW post that will appear on March 24), and include the link to your review.

Easy-peasy-nice-and-squeezy.  Please spread the word, this one is going to be fun and has the chance to introduce many of us to Reds that we might not otherwise be trying – and that’s always a good time!

I know that I’m looking forward to reading what you come up with!







  • Lenn Thompson

    Thanks for hosting — and this should be a really interesting theme. I may even go non-NY for this one…but we'll see ;)

    • 1WineDude

      Non-NY? I'll believe it when I see it! :-)

  • Maria

    This is cool Joe – just like Mixolology Monday but for wine. And on a different day. It was fun meeting you at Meadowood.

    • 1WineDude

      Hey Bubbly! Thanks for stopping by, great meeting you as well. Hopefully you can join in on the 24th!

  • @vinotology

    I like it. I've actually never participated in WBW, but I think it's about time I started. I'm in for this one!

    • 1WineDude

      Awesome! I've been really slacking on the WBWs lately, but always enjoy them when I do participate. Should be fun to see what you come up with!

  • @nectarwine

    Cool, I've never participated in WBW, sounds fun! I like the theme, nothing fancy so right up my alley.

    • 1WineDude

      Right on!

  • @WineMonologues

    Have not done this, but I am in. . . a little thought involved. I like it.

    • 1WineDude

      Awesome – you WILL be initiated! :)

  • Melissa Peterman

    Hey Wine Dude,

    Recently found your site- cannot wait to explore more! Fantastic picture by the way!

    • 1WineDude

      thanks! I already knew about your site. :-)

  • @suburbanwino

    I've been laying low on the WBW scene for the past few months. It's time for a comeback of massive proportions, sort of like when MC Hammer tried gangsta rap, or the Hulkster returning to form after a stint as the villainous "Hollywood Hogan"

    • 1WineDude

      Niiiiice! Bring the DAMAGE, man!!!

    • 1WineDude

      Niiiiice! Bring the DAMAGE, man!!!

  • Richard Scholtz

    I'm in, now I just need to find a way to post the notes about it. Already got the wine picked out.

    • 1WineDude

      Can you post them to your blog? I'll be doing a wrap-up post linking to the participants' articles after the event. Cheers!

      • Richard Scholtz

        Why yes, yes I can. I am a doofus.

  • @winefashionista

    Already thinking about a few reds that fit the bill — a good topic.

    • 1WineDude


  • CPA Offers

    Why is bra singular and panties plural?

    • 1WineDude

      I know this is SPAM but that is so friggin' funny I'm gonna let it slide…!

  • Chris

    Why is pear singular and pair plural?

    Neat challenge, Joe, I'm a WBW virgin as well, but sign me up, so to speak.

    I also already know the blend I'll write about.

    • 1WineDude


  • Constance C

    I've got some ideas : ) excited to participate!

    • 1WineDude


  • Kevin

    Dude, Pouring more red down the throats of white wine drinkers is like throwing a match on a forest fire, what's the point and who will notice? I get sooo many knee jerk "I don't drink white wine" whinges at tastings there is a greater good to be served. Expand consumers exposure to quality whites and the whole wine experience will be better for it. Tougher row to hoe but sooo much more satisfying. Saying that, very cool picture though.

    • 1WineDude

      Point taken, but the theme is the theme, bro!

  • art predator

    a good challenge! right away I thought of a good sparkling shiraz but if it's a still wine? hmmnn! well, I have 2 weeks to decide!

    • 1WineDude

      Well… I'm not gonna turn you away if you go with a sparkler…

  • wineaccguy

    My two ideal wines have already been reviewed on my blog. The question is do I rewrite one for the event or find another wine I haven't yet reviewed that fits the bill? Sounds like I have some tasting notes to study.

    • 1WineDude

      Either way man – it would be great to have some new content around why you chose them, of course. It's meant to be fun so no stress allowed! :-)

  • Constance C

    Here's my post! I'll post it again on the 24th :)

  • VA Wine Diva

    I think we'll jump on the wine blogging wednesday bandwagon with this fun topic. Our post will go up on Wednesday morning – let me know if you need a specific link to the post.

  • winenegress

    I'm in dude and I know just the wine.

  • @educatedpalates

    For my mom:

  • @suburbanwino

    I'm sure the 6 hour seminar I'm teaching in 5 1/2 hours will suck, but I got the post out, dammit! Please enjoy, sir:

  • VA Wine Diva

    here's our direct link:

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