I bet this is a question that a lot of wine bloggers ask themselves or are being asked by others. Why do you write about wine? Is it just to show off? Is it because you have no friends to talk about wine with?
We all have our own answers. I have explained a bit in my About section. Thinking about it more, this blog has also become my wine diary. It is a nice aide memoire. But there is more to it. I feel like I want to share more about my favorite white grape, riesling (you guessed it!), because I was fortunate enough to live in an area that produced the most stunning examples. So I am trying to share my impressions, my experience with wineries and wines. A lot of us don’t have the money to go after the top tier producers, but there are a ton of winemakers out there in Germany that make affordable, fantastic rieslings.
But that still is not all…and this is where Evan Dawson of New York Cork Report comes in. In May, he published a piece titled “Why Do I Write About Wine?”. I stumbled across it when I checked the wine blog awards 2012. It received the Best Blog Post of the Year award. The title caught me, and Evan’s writing drew me in deeper and deeper. I think it expresses a lot of my sentiments well, and therefore I am sharing it today.
I hope this is posting correctly this week, and as always, I hope that you have the appropriate drink in your glass for the time of day…for me, it will be coffee.
Very nice — and coincidentally (if you believe in coincidence, I don’t. It’s things like waking up to this post that make me sure that “coincidence” is much more than coincidental)…
…so timely and helpful that I have to take a break right now and go think about how amazing it is that things like this happen.
I got up this morning, intending to work on a food/travel piece today–something I’ve been dreading doing, because it’s so difficult to write food/travel well. One section is about the most gifted sommelier I ever met (and a genuinely nice person) and I’ve especially been pondering how to write about our experience with letting him choose our wine, without sounding pretentious or fawning.
And, of course, I’ll be thinking about this article all week. Probably writing a blogpost having to do with it.
Since I don’t know your real name, I can’t friend you on facebook. I don’t have an author’s page, I’m just there as myself, and I don’t have a zillion friends because I don’t have time or energy to be real with a zillion people, but you could friend me if you wanted to.
Thank you, Tracy! I am so glad this article came timely for you…I felt it was so spot on and from the heart, like I said, it drew me in more and more…I’m looking forward to your sommelier article!!
Believe it or not, but this is the exact thought ( why do I write about wine and does it make any sense at all in the end of the day) which was roaming in my head for the past week. I didn’t read the article yet (best of the year – looking forward to), but I’m looking forward to.
And two more yes notes to your post – today is Sunday : ) and there will be lots of wine in my glass today ( going for a very big tasting : ) )
Two yesses?? :) What tasting are you headed to? No wine for us today, we’re heading over to friends for the 49ers – Packers game. As much as I prefer wine, I usually don’t drink it when watching sports…
Let me know what you think of the article once you’ve read it.
The article was good. Yes, the wine is about connections, and connections help humans to be humans – I guess this is why this all makes sense.
One of the tastings was a trade tasting by one of the wine distributors in Connecticut, and then we finished that off with a few nice bottles – one of them would be right up your alley : ) The posts will be forthcoming.
Glad you enjoyed it: article and tasting! :) Intrigued by what wine you had…can’t wait for the posts!!