Wine Reviews Tasting Notes and Education for the Non-Snob, by Vino Joe, a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)

Site Added to Wine Blog List: Wine Folly

During the Wine Blog Awards dinner at the Wine Bloggers Conference 2012, I had the pleasure of sitting next to Ben Simons from Vinotology. As the “Best New Wine Blog” winner was about to be announced, Ben whispered to me, “one of the best new blogs isn’t even among the finalists.” Who might that be, I asked? “Wine Folly,” he answered.

Since I greatly respect Ben’s opinion (and his writing), I checked out Wine Folly the next time I was in front of a computer. Within five minutes, I agreed with Ben — Wine Folly is definitely one of the best new wine blogs I’ve seen. So why wasn’t it considered at the Wine Blog Awards? My guess is that the home page of the site looked more like a magazine or a front for a wine school, rather than a typical blog (i.e., where all the posts are stacked in one vertical column by date, such as on this site). But let’s focus on why you should check it out.

First, it’s easy on the eyes – clean, uncluttered, and simply but pleasantly laid out, with sharp photography and vibrant color contrasts. Second, the content is extremely well-written — the copy is compelling, well-researched, concise, entertaining (sometimes laugh-out-loud funny) and grammatically correct. That last point is a personal stickler, as I abhor blogs that ignore simple grammar rules and punctuation, are rife with misspellings, and require editing. But then, I’m an old-schooler with an English degree and spent several years of my working career as an editor. I digress …

It’s now almost 8 months that I’ve been following Wine Folly, and since then, the esthetics and layout have changed — there’s now a clear button telling you were where the “blog” section of the site resides. It’s still clean and supported with rich, vibrant imagery, though perhaps more so now. The design is such that reading seems easy and a pleasure; as someone who has spent time managing website overhauls, I have a special appreciation for simple things like that. But enough about me, this is about you and your discovery of wine, which can be more enriching and enjoyable by visiting Wine Folly. Some of the more recent and informative posts include “How to Order Wine Like a Sommelier,” an infographic on “How Red Wine is Made,” and an incredibly easy-to-understand explanation of tannins in wine.

But if my glowing recommendation isn’t enough, check out the video below to get a hint of what Wine Folly offers.

Key Learnings from Wine Bloggers Conference 2012 (WBC12)

It’s been a full week of recuperation for me from the 2012 Wine Bloggers Conference, held in Portland, Oregon. Here are a few key points gleaned from the conference: [Read more…]

Summer Cleaning: Dead Links Leave Purgatory

This week I did something I haven’t done in years: went through the links list; a.k.a., the “blogroll.” It’s something rarely done at most websites — webmasters / bloggers usually add a link and forget it. The blogroll can become very long and its maintenance tedious at best, insurmountable at worst. Since I neglected mine for what I realize now was several years, a little “spring cleaning” was in order. It was an enlightening exercise for many reasons. [Read more…]

Around the Blogs: Clubbing, Oxygen, and Tomato Talk

To fill his off-shore bank account with oodles of money, Alder Yarrow of Vinography has finally started a wine club, and I imagine it will be called “Tongue In Cheek”.

Speaking of Alder, hat tip to him for leading me to a great article on oxygen and wine (cork dork alert!)

Dr. Vino
challenges you to match a wine with s’mores. And here I thought scrambled eggs were a tough match.

tomato.jpgWino-Sapien has a simple recipe for garlic pizza. Guaranteed to prevent vampires from entering your home.

BrooklynWineGuy talks tomatoes — it’s the height of the season in the Northeast USA — and even suggests a wine that melds well with those lovely but acidic fruits.