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When I first stated writing this Blog/PodCast I had big plans for what I was going to do and try to achieve. Since then I have learned that it’s not as easy as I thought. I have learned to truly appreciate those people who produce top quality PodCasts and Blogs. Trust me if you are only reading a blog, you have no idea.
There is so much “competition” for Wine Blogs. It’s very hard to produce a top quality blog, and podcast. Sites such as The Wine Wankers, The Wine Stalker, among many others are kicking out top blog posts that are entertaining and informative.
The first thing you need to do to be successful at writing a blog is be consistent. Timeliness is by far my biggest weakness. I won’t give you excuses, but it is by far my biggest problem.
When I have time to write something, or produce a podcast, its a great feeling. I want to do more, but again its finding the time.
So where does am I going to with all of this; Well to be honest I have not fully decided what I am going to do. But here are a few options:
- Start opening up Tasting Notes Radio to other Bloggers to post. There are a number of other excellent Wine Bloggers out there. If we combine into one blog we will be delivering information on a more regular basis. Personally I like this idea since it gets bloggers working together.
- Close down Tasting Notes Radio. Not something I want to do, but an option.
- Just keep publishing when I do have the time.
Again I have made no decision. However I am open to my friends and fellow bloggers out there for their advice.
Finally after months of working out most of the kinks, the podcast has been uploaded to the iTunes Store. Although this episode is short, as it’s primarily a final test to make sure everything is working perfectly, I hope you will find it enjoyable.
Just do a search on the iTunes Store for Tasting Notes Radio. Or you can go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tasting-notes-radio-podcast/id901231224
If you have a suggestion for a future episode please let me know.
Recently I looked at the website for a winery that I am very familiar with. This winery is under new ownership. The previous owners are one of the finest families I have known and people I have great respect for. They made wine for generations and the wines were extremely consistent as well as top notch. However the new owner markets the winery as if the family is still involved, which they are not. Additionally they have converted a top notch, extremely modern winery, into artistically what looks like a cheap low grade bordello. Although the wines under the new owner have gotten very good reviews from other sources, I prefer not to even sample their vintages. I can’t get past what looks like the complete disrespect for the former owners as well as the disrespect for the history and art of the wine industry.
It was not too long ago when the winemakers and winery owners had a respect for the land, grape and history that goes with it. Today many new owners or new generations are looking for the fast buck, kicking out high price wine that should be at half the price, and opening up a tourist resort at the winery. With little or no respect for the heritage of the area they are in, the industry, or previous ownership.
Now I want to be clear; this is not a blanket statement. There are many more wineries that respect their history then those who do not. However I can’t help but ask “How do you expect me to respect your wines when you cannot respect the history of the people you have on your own label?” The wine industry is a business just like any other. However it is an industry that is an art form and with a beautiful history behind it.
Learn it, live it, love it.