Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Want another opinion? Check out my frient Tori's review of this wine.
We will continue with our sporadic programing as usual, with even more sporadic test posts.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
PLEASE TELL ME IF YOU GOT IT!!
So I made a quick change in my site's URL and I think everything when haywire. Let me know if you can read this. If you do not comment I will assume that you cannot read it and I will need to do this again.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
The Wine Post is changing URL's. The previous URL was http://rfbwinepost.blogspot.com/.
The NEW URL is http://rbwinepost.blogspot.com/.
Its a big change, I know, but I felt it was necessary since the letter f has no meaning to me. It you cannot tell what the other letters mean then we have an issue...
If you (who likely have this on your google reader or set to be e-mailed to you) find any issues with the change, you probably won't be able to read this to let me know anyway. Still, it would be nice to know if anyone had any problems.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Really amazing that the first birthday of my blog came and went. So much has changed since I first started rewriting Wikipedia articles and posting them here. Somehow I have not offended anyone (well, ok maybe only one or two people) and I have not been kicked off the interwebs because of vulgar language or inappropriate photography.
162 Posts (woah...)
8,354 unique visits
14,049 page views
1.68 pages viewed per visit
1:14 minutes spent on the site on average
Top Countries that visit:
1) USA (duh!)
2) Canada (dooh!)
3) United Kingdom (um, righto chap)
4) Taiwan (huh?)
5) India (... WHAT?!)
The top visited posts:
1) Have you met me?
2) The Necessary Tension Between Public Relations and Bloggers
3) A Wine Opportunity Wasted
4) Absolutely and Totally GEEKED OUT
5) Everyone Has to Have Their Say
Obviously I get a better response from you when I write subject posts rather than review wine, which I find interesting.
Thanks for sticking around. Thanks for reading. Thanks for the discussions. Looking forward to more wine and better writing.
rbwinepost (at) gmail.com
Thursday, October 22, 2009
For the next Wine Blogger Wednesday, I present a simple challenge with the following guidelines:
- Choose a wine they you know well and have enjoyed many times, but perhaps have not had the time or the motivation to write about OR a wine you have seen in your wine shop that you have been meaning to try.
- Time how long you enjoy the wine. Round numbers are more than acceptable but exact numbers get extra points.
- Take twice that amount of time to write your blog post. Use the time to find out something you might not have known about the wine and to edit your writing. A wise man once told me that there is no good writing, only good rewriting.
- NO SAMPLES! Too often the wines written about are out of convenience rather than genuine interest. Make this one of the wines that you decided to purchase.
- Last but not least, give your writing some flare. Use a style that will challenge you. Be creative and enjoy writing for the sake of the words. Be picky about which words you use. Think about the rhythm and the rhyme. Poetic phrase will be rewarded.
My coach always told me that the simplest tasks can sometimes be the most difficult. There is a lot of room to maneuver in this challenge, but do not make the mistake of waiting until the last week to begin writing. You may find yourself running out of time.
The deadline: November 18
Send your submission by e-mail to me.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
When asked about the Gerret and his wife, Danielle says, "We are very fortunate to have the Copeland's involved with the Museum as well as with all of the arts in Wilmington. They are very generous and as a result of their passion for both art and wine we often get the benefit of enjoying Buchaine wines at our special events!"
In my opinion the wines from Bouchaine are pleasant and fruity. I tasted the 2007 Chardonnay and the 2007 Pinot Noir, both from Carneros. The Chardonnay was pleasantly toasty, with a blend of a bright yellow apple dipped in a light caramel. The Pinot Noir was floral and milk chocolaty on the nose with some dry cherry flavors in the taste.
Monday, October 19, 2009
So, with this philosophy in mind Lenn Thompson, de facto promoter of wines created in the state of New York, found a group of wineries that make wine in the Finger Lakes region of New York who were willing to send a bottle of their wine for a group of bloggers to taste. he then found a group of bloggers who would all sit down and taste the wines together.
For this tasting Diane Letulle, Erika Strum, Robbin Gheesling, and I met at the Roger Smith Hotel to taste through a few of these wines.
Before I get started on my notes about the wines I want to say that I love sitting around and tasting wine with people who love talking about wine. It's like trading baseball cards, or something similarly geeky. If you are into it, then only other people who are into it really understand the feeling.
Now for the wines. One thing I noticed about all of these wines is the incredible acidity. Every wine had some awesome zing. However, for many they just did not have the fruit to match and balance it out.
(no Atwater photo... sorry)
Atwater Estate Vineyards "Dry" Riesling 2007 - Finger Lakes, NY
Another thing that wine geeks usually love is food. Getting together to eat and talk about what we are eating comes in close second to tasting wine and talk abotu what we are tasting. After meeting at the Roger Smith we went to Apiary for dinner. Erika is a much better (and much harsher) review of food establishments then I am, so for more about our meal check out her review: Apiary (Serious Food Where You Don’t Expect It).
Thursday, October 8, 2009
He accepted my opinion graciously, noting that everyone has the right to what they thing. I recently found out that he then blocked me from his twitter updates (of which he makes many).
To me it is almost a blessing in disguise. Since most of what he does on twitter is talk about his wines, I am removed from the deluge of advertising. Then again, it does not allow me to respond and enter the discussion about his wines with the general populace.
How do you feel about this practice? Is this as bad as "un-friending" someone on facebook?