Hi. My name is Joe, and I am the Dude behind this one-person wine-writing outfit (hence the name); there’s no list of contributing editors, frequent guest authors, board of directors, or evil overlords – just little ol’ me. I am deeply, madly in love with wine (that makes keeping up with the tasting regimen a bit easier). That love drove me to create this website in 2007, when I noticed that no wine websites or wine books seemed to service what I was at that time – not a total newbie to wine, but not a card-carrying Sommelier, either – an Intermediate wine lover.
“Now this here story I’m about to unfold…” (How This All Got Started)
There’s a big problem with the wine world today. Most of the wine world is trying to tell you that in order to appreciate wine, you need to spend a ton of money, memorize wine rating scores from people that you don’t know, and learn names that you can’t even spell let alone pronounce – in other words, there’s a “proper” way to do wine, and if you don’t follow it you will look like an uncultured idiot.
The problem is that they’re wrong. There is no “right” way. You don’t need to do any of those things to appreciate wine.
This website is trying, in its own small way, to help solve that problem.
Joe holds the Level 2 (Intermediate, with Distinction) and Level 3 (Advanced, with Merit) Certificates in Wine & Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) in England. He’s a member of the U.S.-based Society of Wine Educators, holding their Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) qualification. He also holds the Wine Location Specialist (WLS) qualification from the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC) and the Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto (IVDP), and is a member of the Wine Century Club (but that last one’s just for geeky bragging rights, really). Joe is the author of the books Wine Taster’s Guide: Drink and Learn with 30 Wine Tastings and Wine Taster’s Journal: Drink, Rate, Record, and Remember (both of which hit the #1 spot on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in the Wine Tasting category).
“I like your style, Dude…” (Praise for 1WineDude)
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“Joe Roberts… represents the new guard in online wine writing. He’s funny, likable and accessible with a nontraditional wine point-of-view and a palate that is garnering respect.” – Forbes.com
“…seamlessly combines his own unique voice with a rigorous and thorough understanding of wine, all explained in a pragmatic uncensored communication style.” – IntoWine.com
“Talented, eccentric and downright infamous… a wine blogger extraordinaire who makes tasting wine – and reading about tasting wine – relaxed, fun and entertaining.” – 10th Annual Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
“His embrace of wine is all encompassing, his attitude open and adventurous, and his writing candid, though in the hyper-patois of [someone] who has had one Red Bull too many.” – The Sacramento Bee
“Joe has been the ‘everyman’ wine writer and next in line to take over speaking to the average consumer since the departure of Gary Vaynerchuk.” – Vintank’s “Most Important Wine Bloggers in the US”
“Joe Roberts has a blog that I love… What I particularly admire about Joe is the range of wine styles and prices he covers.” – Master of Wine Tim Hanni
“A great writer… 1WineDude is my favorite wine blog.” – Mark Oldman, award-winning author, & host of PBS’s series The Winemakers.
“A Robin Hood of sorts in the exclusive world of vineyards and corkings and oaky undertones.” – The Urban Grocer
“Quick-witted and charming, Joe Roberts offers candid takes on wine news tidbits, impromptu tasting tweets and entertaining bottle reviews.” – Imbibe Magazine
“Hip, occasionally irreverent, friendly, and easily digestible wine commentary and recommendations.” – The New Connoisseurs’ Guidebook to California Wine & Wineries
“He pulls no punches, but he knows his subject, has enough self-deprecating humor to leaven the barbs and is quickly becoming an unofficial spokesman for the millennial blogger community. Always entertaining, often provocative.” – Seattle Times
“Joe is bringing the fun back into wines. This is a great place for any burgeoning wine connoisseur (even if you don’t want to call yourself that)” – Drink Me Magazine
“We’ve been to Napa, and we can tell a Merlot from a Cab. But still, like so many others, it still intimidates the Shiraz out of us. That’s why we love 1WineDude.” – SacBee.com
“A great writer. One of the best wine bloggers.” – Steve Heimoff (Wine Enthusiast)
“1WineDude is one of those blogs you want to check every day, because the day that you miss will be the day Roberts drops the kind of blog that can draw 100+ comments creating a digital melee of wit and wisdom.” – Mutineer Magazine
“Joe Roberts is smart, often clever, funny, unusually insightful, and always interesting to read.” – TwiTip.com’s “THE Must-Follow Wine People on Twitter”
“Joe Roberts is serious about wine, but he doesn’t expect you to be. He wants you to appreciate wine, but he doesn’t want you to have to pass a test about it.” – VeryBestSites.com’s Best Wine Review Sites
“Joe helps to demystify the topic of wine through his lucid, accessible style of writing.” – Hello Vino
“Joe possesses that quality that sets apart the best wine bloggers: A unique voice teamed with an analytical mind, and he’s not afraid to use it.” – Tom Wark, Fermentation
“Traffic is one thing, but the really impressive thing about Joe’s blog is he has grown his site free of agenda and with an engagement-oriented, populace-style approach that isn’t replicated by other top bloggers.” – Jeff Lefevere, The 2009 Best of Wine Online Awards
“Joe Roberts, for many in the wine blogging world, is simply 1WineDude. He writes with comedic flair and intimacy. His posts come with genuine wit and we don’t come away from his writing feeling adorned with polite, formal bullsh*t.” – Sacre Bleu Wine
“…there are new generations of wine heroes and evangelists like Gary Vaynerchuk, Joe Roberts, Jeff Lefevere, Alder Yarrow… that millions of consumers and professionals alike tune into every day.” – Huffington Post
“It’s amazing what one person can do in the proliferation of information with regards to one of the most popular and arguably most culturally significant drinks in the world, and yet this is what 1winedude.com has done for wine. It’s an excellent resource with plenty of insightful things to say.” – Amsterdam Diary
“Graduated beyond wine 101? Three pieces of good news for you: everything is more interesting from here, it’s more about enjoyment than dissection (i.e., to really “learn” about this stuff, you have to swallow more than you spit) AND there’s a wine blog [1WineDude] just for you.” – The Buzz Bin
“Expressive, socially adept. Aging well, though occasionally cloying. Gary who?” – Stark Insider’s Best Wine Blogs 2013
“A way out east there was a fella…” (More About Joe)
Joe has contributed to and/or been quoted in the L.A. Times, New York Times, CNBC.com, Washington Post, Mutineer Magazine, Publix® Grape Magazine, Palate Press, Mint.com, Napa Valley Wine Academy, Parade, Thrillist.com, Answers.com, Wines.com, SOMM Journal, The Guardian UK, Table Matters, Wine Nabber, Wine4.Me, Nomad Editions’ Uncorked and Chester County Cuisine & Nightlife. His unique wine mini-reviews (composed in 140 characters or less via twitter) have been used in popular iPhone and PDA wine applications such as Sipp, Hello Vino, TedRec and Pocket Wine Assistant. He’s also been a judge in wine competitions (such as the Critics Challenge International, the San Francisco International, the Lake County Wine Awards, California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, the Wines of Portugal Challenge, and the Argentina Wine Awards), wine writing competitions, and award programs (such as the Georges Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year Award), and authored the freelance wine column Wined Down for Playboy.com. Joe has been a speaker and fellowship recipient at the prestigious Symposium for Professional Wine Writers in Napa, California.
Why does Joe write this blog? To help you to get to know wine better – how it’s made, how the industry works, and most importantly how to get the most enjoyment out of wine that you can. Every week, he strives to create the kind of content he wished had been readily available when he first was bitten by the wine-obsession bug (it doesn’t leave a welt, but its effects are pretty much incurable).
Show the Dude a sacred wine cow, and he’ll turn it into a roast, pair it with an obscure Italian red, and hopefully teach you a little more about wine (and entertain you) along the way!
Joe lives in Pennsylvania with his Star-Wars-loving daughter, Lorelai. When not spending his time writing bio pages in the third person, Joe plays bass guitar and digeridoo for acclaimed singer/songwriter Steve Liberace.
Here’s the skinny on some questions that our PR department (a.k.a. Joe, on Saturdays) frequently gets asked:
- Sponsored Posts – I don’t do them. Ever. Seriously. Don’t ask for them. If you’re here for a sponsored post, just go away. Now. Please.
- Wine Samples – Samples are accepted, but the right is reserved not to review them. Details behind this can be discussed by contacting Joe (contact info. is below). Please consider using environmentally-friendly packaging options if available. Joe doesn’t review every wine sent to him – he hopes to be able to do this in the future but for now it’s simply not possible. Note that samples received without information will not be reviewed. Please fill-out and submit the wine sample submissions form for each wine sample sent (or provide equivalent information via press kit, sell sheet, tech sheet, etc.). Retail price information MUST be included for the wine to be reviewed. Conditions described below under “Reviews.”
- Book Samples– Also accepted, but the right is reserved not to review them. Please note that sending the books in eBook format will mean that Joe can probably get to them much more quickly than he can printed versions. Conditions described below under “Reviews.”
- Other Samples– Also accepted, but they must be related to wine, and the right is reserved not to review them. Conditions described below under “Reviews.”
- Reviews – Joe reviews wine samples and wine-related products, but reserves the right to write actual views on those samples and products – positive or negative. No conditions can be accepted for receiving samples; if you have conditions, then the samples cannot be accepted, period. Sorry, them’s the breaks.
- Advertising – Wine-related advertising is accepted, however direct advertising for a particular wine brand or winery, without also including competitors and their products, is not accepted. Did we mention that the advertising should be wine-related? Happy to discuss your ideas for wine-related advertising on this wine-relatedwine blog (contact info. is below).
- Press releases – If you do send them, can they at least be about wine, please? Contact info. is – you guessed it- below.
- Junkets and such – Please read the details on my policies regarding accepting samples & junkets here. Bottom line is that they’re considered, but if accepted no promises of coverage (positive or negative!) are made.
- Header and book cover images by Sean Doyle
- Book images/excerpts/reproductions courtesy of Rockridge Press/Callisto Media