I’ve been wanting to create a wine blog for quite some time now. And with only 1,600+ wine blogs currently out there, I figured there is ample room for one more. 😉 But how to differentiate myself? Should I focus on the amazingly delicious and underrated wines of Washington? Only post wine reviews of what I’m drinking? Write about my wine travel? Or my job at a cute local wine store? What about sharing what I’ve learned in my wine classes at Northwest Wine Academy? Or the rather informal “Wine Club” of fabulous ladies that I belong to? I’d also love to share pics and bios of those super cute winery dogs that I’m constantly introducing myself to. So . . . how about all of the above? I’ve always been rather erratic (pun intended for those Washington geology buffs), so my blog will be a reflection of who I am and my wine “adventures.”
One of the many things I love about wine, is that you can never know everything about it. You are constantly learning and, hopefully, evolving. I know I’ve certainly progressed from my early wine drinking days of Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill (can you even consider this wine?).
While I don’t put much stock in critic’s wine scores, I realize they’re a necessary evil of the business. And perhaps a bit hypocritically, I review and rate most of the wines that I drink. (Although I do it for my own record keeping and wine journey, not to influence anyone else’s opinion.) My thought process behind my ratings is this:
1 star – I can’t even finish this glass
2 stars – I’ll finish the glass, but then move on to something else
3 stars – I’ll finish the glass, and order a bottle
4 stars – I’d buy a case of this wine
5 stars – If I got hit by a bus after drinking this, I’d have no regrets that this wine was my last on earth
My feelings about wine are subjective, I’m not trying to formulate an objective opinion about what I’m drinking. (Isn’t “objective opinion” somewhat of an oxymoron anyways?) So many people follow wine ratings blindly and don’t invest the time to discover what it is that they themselves truly like. Just because Robert Parker believes a wine to be 90+ doesn’t mean that your palate will, or should, agree. A wine score is a nice starting point, and believe me – I’ll use a score to sell wine when I can tell that a customer is influenced by a number. But wine is not one size fits all.
Another thing that’s awesome about wine is that we can each have our own adventure with this delicious stuff! Sometimes my path will align with yours (Bubbles! Who doesn’t like bubbles?!). Sometimes I’ll veer off to someplace you don’t want to go (like my obsession with Oregon Pinots or meaty, funky Syrahs). And vice versa (enjoy your glass of Sherry, I won’t be joining you). Thankfully, there’s something for everyone. Even Boone’s Farm.