Wannabe Wino Turns 4!

In human terms, my blog is a toddler, bordering on being a child.  In blog terms though, my blog is an older person, probably bordering on retirement.  Most blogs don’t last very long.  It’s quite easy to use a free blogging service and toss up your blog, then quickly get bored with it and just let it die in cyberspace.  Maintaining a blog takes time. Writing posts, updating links, taking photos, all of it adds up.  Life events can get in the way and it’s easy to let a blog, which is primarily a hobby for many people, fall to the wayside.

Last year, I was pretty proud of myself for posting every single day.  Things have slowed down quite a bit this year, though even through changing jobs, changing life circumstances, and whatnot, I’ve still kept the blog going.  Don’t worry, after 4 years of effort, I’m not going anywhere!

Thank you for your continued interest in what we’re drinking in the Wannabe Wino household.  I hope you’ll stick around here for the next 4 years, I certainly will!

Happy Anniversary Matt!

Four years ago today! I can’t believe how fast four years has gone by…or really the fact that we’re approaching 10 years of knowing each other. Thankfully our wedding day was a lot nicer than today’s rain and icky weather, but I’m sure we’ll still enjoy a lovely dinner out tonight!

Here’s to many more adventures ahead!

Happy 4th of July!

I hope everyone has a fantastic holiday weekend!

Enjoy some good wine and fireworks!

I’m on vacation this week, so no posts until I get back on July 12!

Happy Birthday Matt!

(Sorry for the radio silence the last few days, I went out of town for Memorial Day weekend and didn’t touch a computer the whole time I was gone!)

Today is Matt’s birthday! Hope it’s a great day and sorry you have to work!

We’re headed to Charlie Palmer’s Steak House for dinner, yum!

Happy Easter!

To all those observing Easter today, I wish you a happy day! I hope you have some good wine to enjoy with your ham, lamb, or whatever it is you choose to make today…perhaps (Easter) rabbit? 😉

Wine in 2010

Every year around this time I venture over to Good Wine Under $20 to see what Dr. Deb’s wine resolutions for the new year are.  In response to her urging I’ve written a post every year outlining the wine goals I have for the coming year.  She hasn’t yet posted hers, so I guess I’m beating her to the punch this year!  I don’t call them resolutions because I royally suck at resolutions and almost never manage to keep them.  Over the years I’ve done much better with wine goals.

Today we’ll check in on my wine goals from 2009 and see how I did, as well as set a few 2010 goals!

1.) Get to know Chilean wines.  Check, check, and check again.  I tasted a TON of Chilean wines this year.

2.) Attend the Wine Blogger Conference again this year.  Check! FTW!  Best wine experience of 2009, hands down.

3.) Get Matt up to Calaveras County.  Sadly, I failed.  I got back up there before the Wine Blogger Conference this year, but it just didn’t work with our CA travel plans this past year.  There’s always 2010!

4.) Drink through some of the wines I’ve been hoarding.  I pretty much failed at this too.  With a gigantic and unexpected uptick in samples coming in this year, I didn’t drink much of my wine at all (though I kept buying it at the same rate, with the result being that my 900 square foot basement is alarmingly overflowing with wine…).

So what about 2010?

1.) Get to know Portuguese wines.  I’m headed to Portugal in a week or so which will kick start this goal.  The challenge will be finding Portuguese wines here…I don’t see many in the stores.

2.) Read more wine books.  Yes, I realize this was a goal in 2008.  I did really well at it that year…and fell totally off the wagon in 2009, so I’m setting it again for 2010!

3.) Drink more bubbly.  I started to drink more at the end of this year, but I really want to get to know more sparkling wines.

4.) Report more frequently on the restaurants we visit.  We actually eat out a fair bit and I rarely, if ever, talk about the restaurants, the wine lists, and the wine service.  I’d like to start doing so.

I think that’s enough.  Especially since I only had a 50% success rate last year, I don’t want to set myself up for too much failure this year. 🙂  Cheers, and let me know what your wine goals are for 2010!

Wishing You

A safe and happy new year’s eve! See you on the other side!

365 Days, 365+ Posts

Last year around the end of January I looked at the blog and realized I had put up at least one post every day since December 29.  I thought to myself that perhaps I could see how long I could go making at least one post a day.  I made it through a couple months and thought, hmm, this isn’t so bad.  Then I thought, maybe I can make it until the Wine Blogger Conference last July and then I’ll give myself a break.  However, I got to the end of July and the Conference and thought, I’m so close to a year, let’s see if I can make it entire year posting every day.

So I did.  Yesterday marked that day.  I expect things will slow down just a little around here in the new year as I don’t think I can do it again this year what with a new job on the horizon and other things in life slowing me down just a bit.  I must admit it’s a little odd to have set a silent goal in my head, but I don’t generally do very well with goals I announce to the world!

Many thanks to all who have read through my year of posting!  I’m giving myself a gold star 🙂

Normally I don’t post press releases

But, I’m making an exception here because I like charitable causes.

Thumbprint Cellars (I’ve written about their Chardonnay in the past) is moving their tasting room to downtown Healdsburg at 102 Matheson Street. To celebrate their relocation they are having a party Dec. 11-13 and all tasting room fees collected during that time will be donated to the Healdsburg Food Pantry. With the holidays right around the corner, the demand for food from food banks rises, so any extra donations are always appreciated (my own editorial comments). If you are in the area, swing by, taste some wines, and support a good cause (my editorial). Below is the flier for the event:

Wannabe Wino Turns 3!

1096 days old. 1076 posts in that time.

I’m prolific, if nothing else.

In the last year I attended the second annual Wine Blogger Conference, made another yearly trek to Northern CA in addition to the conference, and tasted a heck of a lot of wine.

I’ve made a lot of friends, for whom I’m very thankful. They make me feel less like a wino and more “normal.”

In the 3rd year of ye olde wine blog, look for my upcoming trip to Portugal (hopefully being rescheduled for January), updates on my wine making adventures with Thea, Amy, and others, and more wine than you can shake two sticks at.

My wine blog is a labor of love, and I appreciate each and every one of you who continues to read and comment and encourage me. It’s been a funtastic 3 years and I look forward to many more.