But Not For Me (Vote In The 2015 Wine Blog Awards)

Vinted on June 16, 2015 binned in wine blogging

wine blog awards logoIt’s that time of year again, when the Wine Blog Awards come around and wine bloggers such as moi ask you to vote in them. In the 2015 incarnation, I’m a finalist in the Best Overall Wine Blog category, along with the following excellent websites:

Today, I am writing to implore you to vote (you can do that here), but not necessarily for me. The way I see it, the past several months on 1WD have kind of sucked.

Between divorce and my paying gigs, I’ve barely had enough time or energy to post on 1WD; I’ve all but abandoned the normal editorial calendar that this site has followed for several years, I am woefully behind on writing up some of the amazing wine experiences that I’ve had so far in 2015, and for the first couple months of the year I barely had the spiritual energy to get out of bed, let alone write at the level of what I’d consider to be my normal quirky standards.

That’s what happens when you find out that the person to whom you’d been married had been lying to you for, oh, the last fifteen years or so.

Now, I am not looking for sympathy, folks. Serving divorce papers on my wife is one of the smartest moves I’ve yet made in my adult life, and I should’ve done it two years ago when I uncovered a hefty portion of her secret life. So, you might have noticed that things are starting to pick up a bit here on 1WD, and that’s no accident, as the natural consequences of my improving personal life have started to bear fruit; I’ve been focusing on taking care of my amazingly resilient kid, I am feeling hopeful and free, I am on the dating scene (ahem… ladies… just sayin’…), I’m offering support to others who are going through the types of betrayal I’ve had to face, and I’m more-or-less back to being myself (only with some new-and-improved personality features – hey, you’d hope all of that money spent in personal therapy would pay off somehow, right?).

But these aren’t the 2015-to-2016 Wine Blog Awards, and I’m not feeling too good about 1WD being seen as cream of the crop for the 2015 portion so far, because it’s not. So go vote for someone else’s wine blog (all of the above listed sites are well worthy of the honor), but most importantly, just go VOTE!


p.s. – Apologies for the over-sharing, but if you’re looking for a wine blog where personal aspects don’t enter into things, you’ve been reading the wrong one. Seriously. In fact, this site has always been like that, so if I were you, I’d be questioning my level of attentiveness, and I’d stay away from shiny things because they might easily distract you. Just sayin’…





  • Meagan

    Thank you for the “over-sharing”! No need for apologies. I think you and this blog are fantastic. But I promise not to vote for you, fine. :-)

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks for that, Meagan! I often wonder why anyone puts up with me here…

      And all good about the voting. :)


  • Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka

    Cheers to you, Joe! Here’s to a great *rest* of the year. Thinking of you. – Elinae

    • Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka

      (don’t know how I managed to mangle my own name there. I AM THINKING OF YOU though, that’s the point. -Elieane (just kidding. It’s Elaine)

      • 1WineDude

        Elaine / Elinae / Elieane (sounds like an elf name…) – thanks! :)

        • Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka

          Have you seen my ears? You’d swear I am half elf. Sending you the very best. So glad your kid is resilient too. As an only parent I can say without doubt that’s golden.

          • 1WineDude


            Thanks – and yeah, it is golden. Cheers!

  • Elizabeth Smith

    I have been where you are and I’ve also written personal posts. Life happens. You’re human. You had to get past all of this to get where you are now and you’ll be even better as a survivor snd thriver. I voted for this blog because you still kick ass. I also voted from three different IP addresses, so I could vote for others, too. Keep on keeping on.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Elizabeth. You are mighty!

  • ncadamatre

    Good to see you are getting back on the blogging horse! Thanks for sharing the personal stuff. If you can’t share it in a blog where can you share it? Best wishes for the future and I’m sure I’ll see you at WBC15 in August!

    • 1WineDude


  • the drunken cyclist

    smh… You certainly put it all out there, my friend! No one can ever accuse you of being afraid to share…. Glad to hear you are on the upswing, and you know you have my vote…. Se you soon?

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, DC! Yeah, really looking forward to seeing you!

  • Thomas Pellechia

    Joe, if you are in the Finger Lakes for the conference in August and can get away, let me know.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Thomas, not sure if I can make it this year but I’ll definitely reach out if that changes.

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