Totally Buzzed: Wins Best Wine Blog at Blog Awards

Vinted on November 10, 2009 binned in about 1winedude blog, wine industry events

Uhhmmmm… Whoa!

I’m not usually at a loss for words (and I suspect that the condition is temporary and will wear off in a few nanoseconds), but my reaction to winning Best Wine Blog in the Blog Awards is… uhmm…. WOW! And THANK YOUThank you to Foodbuzz, to all of the people who took the time out to nominate and vote for the blog, and to you for putting up with me for so long!  Fellow nominee, ‘friend of the Dude’ and all-around wine blogging powerhouse Dr. Vino was voted “blogger you would most want to be your personal sommelier” (the other wine-related awards category).

I was quite surprised when I found out that 1WineDude was even nominated (which I’d discovered after voting had already started, upon visiting the site to vote for a friend’s blog in another category).  In fact, I didn’t even know that there was a Best Wine Blog category in the awards at first.  I was both amazed and humbled to have been nominated at all, and the competition was stiffer than the wooden staves that go into vats of el-cheapo American Chardonnay.  So I’m also amazed and humbled to have won.

I’m not gonna get all ‘Dick Cheney re-elected’ on you and say it’s a ‘clear mandate from the people’ in support of taking wine seriously but not taking yourself too seriously, and I don’t want to make more out of the honor than it should be, but winning this award did give me a few seconds of serious pause, because seems to be a pretty big friggin’ deal right now (at least in the U.S.).

I was fortunate enough to have been contacted by early in their development, as part of their Featured Publishers program, and I’ve watched them build a (very) large community of (very) talented foodies in a (very) short amount of time.  Their success is actually a bit staggering – now gets millions of visits every month.  Their reach is, in a word, enormous (and it’s still growing).

Anyway, following is a snippet of the internal dialog going on in my head during that few seconds of serious pause (FSSP):

Me: Maybe really is making a difference in the world of wine and helping people to take an emboldened approach a potentially daunting topic? I suppose that stranger things have happened, right?

Me2: You mean like three wine critics and one Japanese cartoon driving a massive amount of wine spending dollars worldwide. Also, why are you using words like ‘emboldened’ and ‘daunting’ when you’re talking to yourself? No one should use 15th century words when they’re talking to themselves.

Me: Good pointsJerk.

During the FSSP, I did contemplate taking a more serious approach on the virtual pages of the blog, now that I can officially call 1WineDude “award winning.”  Fortunately, that didn’t last very long.

I have one regret about of this this – I wasn’t able to make the Foodbuzz Blogger Festival, which by all accounts appears to have been a huge success (both Randall Grahm and fellow nominee Alder Yarrow had good things to say about the event while it was unfolding via twitter).  I plan on doing everything that I can to make the trip for next year’s event.

Congrats to all of the winners – it’s definitely worth checking out the other Foodbuzz Blog Award winners, especially if you’re a foodie-at-heart; there’s some really impressive blogging happening there.






  • RandyHall

    Joe, you can stammer all you want, but the fact of the matter is you're funny and good to read. I am pleased that you won the award but not in the least bit surprised, since you kick ass at this medium, bringing the funny along with the wine knowledge, mixing it all together and sprinkling it with things like internal dialogues where you call yourself a jerk. Not just anyone can pull that off.

    So take a moment, get up on a stool and look at yourself in the mirror, and savor the moment.

    Then get back down and get back to work, because standing on a stool looking at yourself in the mirror is pathetic, man.

    Love you and can't wait for the next time you're out our way!

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, man!!! So, what you're saying is that I stammer, eh?

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, bro! ID is eating some of my replies so I'm trying again. I like the way you were able to work in a height joke but in a non-obvious way. Well-done!!! :-)

  • gwendolyn alley

    Congratulations on the win, Joe! You deserve it!

    • 1WineDude


  • Dylan

    What is this, a post or an acceptance speech? ;-) Congratulations, Joe.

    • 1WineDude

      Ha! It totally reads that way, doesn't it?

    • 1winedude5036

      Whoops – forget to say Thanks!

  • Jo Diaz

    Congrats on FoodBuzz!

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks! For my next trick, I will get sick and stay more-or-less bed-ridden for a week! :-P

  • vinogirl


    • 1winedude5036

      Thanks. Now, if only I weren't sick as a dog I'd be able to celebrate somehow…

  • Steve Heimoff

    Way to go, Dude. Stay true and your future is guaranteed!

    • 1winedude5036


  • Hampers

    Hello Joe. I am glad your win. Your blog looks perfect. It was nice going through your blog. keep it up the good work. cheers :)

  • Joeshico

    Been following since I started this little hobby of mine. Best read on the net.
    Congrats Joe, well earned!

  • Steve Raye

    Mazel Tov and keep up the good work. But I do have one question, when do you sleep?

    • 1WineDude

      Apparently, I sleep when I have bronchitis! :)

  • Katey Bacigalupi

    Way to go Macarena buddy!

    • 1WineDude


      I need to practice my dance floor moves now…

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