Wine Blogs Spotlight

A few weeks back, I started noticing that Michael Wangbickler of Caveman Wines had posted several profiles of various wine blogs.  I liked the idea a lot and had previously  been considering starting to spotlight some of the wine blogs that populate my Blog Roll in the right hand column.  Doing so popped into my head around the time of the American Wine Blog Awards because in my opinion, so many worthy candidates were overlooked and I really wanted to call attention to some of my favorite wine blogs and give them some love.

Borrowed from Caveman Wines

Borrowed from Caveman Wines

Since the inspiration to actually finally start this came from Michael, my first feature will focus on his wine blog, Caveman Wines.  Michael is a Wine PR guy for a firm in Napa, and writes his blog from an insider’s perspective on how to, and how to not manage your brand.  Besides, being the inspiration for this post, I chose to feature Caveman Wines because I’m always delighted when I see a new post from Michael pop up in my Google Reader.  He offers great insight on the pulse of social media, both for bloggers and for the wine industry in addition to relevant posts on major wine events and marketing campaigns that might work for wineries.

Michael’s writing is interesting, clear and concise, and draws you in quickly.  His posts are always well worth the read, whether it’s a feature on wine companies giving back to their communities or an examination into the future of wine PR.  If you haven’t been reading Caveman Wines already, you’re missing out.  Head on over, add Micheal to your feed reader, and enjoy his take on the world of wine.

Stay tuned for features of some of my other favorite wine blogs in upcoming posts.


Tasting the New Zealand Wines Again!

At the DC International Wine and Food Festival, I made sure to stop by the New Zealand Wine Growers table.  I had the chance to free style taste some of their selections at the Wine Blogger Conference, but I only made it through a few there as my palate was just plain tuckered out by that point in the day.  So I was excited to see them again, and am pleased to be attending their regional tasting at the end of March.

2008 Giesen Sauvignon Blanc: Gooseberry, grapefruit, citrus, very nice.

2008 Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc: Green pepper, gooseberry, very sitrus, herbal notes.

2008 Giesen Three Brothers Sauvignon Blanc: Peach, citrus, gooseberries, very tart, nice tropical notes.

2008 Brancott Reserve Sauvignon Blanc: Lemon, citrus, grass, crisp, nicely done.

2007 Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc: Bright, floral, tropical, pear, lemon, crisp, tongue tingly.

2007 Staete Landt Pinot Gris: Pear, lemon, honey, apple, light.

2004 Vinoptima Gewurztraminer: Lychee, apricot, white peach, grassy, hay, honey.

2007 Stoneleigh Pinot Noir: Cherry cola, flowers, violets, cherry, raspberry, vanilla, very light, easy to drink.

2006 Brancott Reserve Pinot Noir: Earth, Coke, raspberry, cherry, bright fruit.

2005 Wither Hills Pinot Noir: Chocolate, berries, red fruit, sweet, cherry, raspberry, really nice in the mouth.