Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Day 1 - to blog or not to blog...

Being on the road alone selling wine provides plenty of time for reflection; especially when it's about the business that you own, and what you should be doing to help promote it.

For a couple of years now, I have been thinking about blogging. In fact, last year I made a very feeble attempt to create one, but never got around to spiffing it up, let alone adding content to it. Needless to say, it died on the day it was born. So why blog now?

One reason is because when I have time, I like to write. OK, so most of my writing is directed towards responding to emails, posting on Facebook and writing an occasional Tweet. However I do have an interest to write about the winery, the wines that I'm making along with observations and reviews about the wines and spirits that I regularly enjoy.

The problem is, writing takes time and a blog takes discipline; not to mention the fact that it also takes some creativity to put words down on virtual paper. So here I am, about a year or so later attempting to do something that I have never been able to do before... Consistently write about anything... in this case, about Inspiration Vineyards & Winery, including information about our wines, the vineyard, my daily life AND about the wines and spirits that I personally enjoy that inspired me to make this crazy career change in first place!

I'm almost done with Day 1 and my first post... before I leave, I thought that I'd create a list of topics that I promise to blog about in the coming days and weeks (and hopefully months...) All I ask (if someone out there is actually going to read this... and follow me...) is that you are patient with me at first, until I make the habit of writing a weekly and daily occurrence.

Upcoming topics - in no specific order...
  • Winemaking at Inspiration - crazy insights to why I'm doing this; the life cycle of wine from grape to glass; and Living the Dream...
  • Tasting Notes - Sancerre 101: I have a nice bottle of 2008 Domaine Michel Girard ready for tasting and reviewing; this leads to part two of this story, how is my own first attempt at Sauvignon shaping up in comparison?
  • Tasting Notes - Chablis 101: I acquired a nice bottle of 2006 Domaine de la Meuliere for another review; part two will revolve around my thoughts about the differences between Chardonnay made in Chablis and the Chardonnay that I make from the Russian River, and why I believe that less is more when it comes to the use of French Oak when making these wines.
  • Tasting Notes - Whisky anyone? I was given a bottle of Death's Door Whisky. Haven't heard of it yet? You will - and I'll be writing about and maybe include a recipe for the perfect Manhattan.

1 comment:

  1. Time + a voice = a blog! Ideal when a 140 word tweet just won't cover it. I have done two blogs, and have found them to be good outlets. They ultimately become part of your routine, like flossing. Or some better example than that. Have fun with it!!