Saturday, November 04, 2006

The Weekend Wino Celebrates 1 Year of Blogging

How time flies! One year ago, I started this blog with the intention of documenting my own tastings and experience for myself and also sharing my tastings and experiences with anyone to read it. Now, after 110 posts, I am still blogging. It's been a lot more work than I expected, but it's been worth it. The great people I have met (personally and through email) throught this blog have made it all worthwhile. You, my readers, have meant more to me than you'll ever know. A lot of you emailed me and gave me encouragement, especially over the summer during my "Unemployment Crisis". I know the blog is far from perfect. It does bother me that I don't have enough time to give it a more professional look and to add more posts with more detail and put more effort into better writing. There are some amazing and well-written wine blogs out there and , unfortunately, mine will probably never be one of them. But what I think I do an adequate job of, is portraying the flavor and feel of the Finger Lakes. And I'm ok with that. I hope you are too. I do the best I can with the time I have available and I will continue to strive to make this blog better.

There's some folks I would like to thank who have helped me and encouraged me: My wife, who shares my obsession with the Finger Lakes and who helps me do "research" for my blog postings; Lenn Thomspon at LennDevours blog who took me under his wing right from the very start and offered much-needed help and support. Lenn is my blog hero and he is fast becoming one of the foremost wine writers in the biz; Paul Thomas, executive director of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, for his support and encouragement; Chris & Liz Stamp of Lakewood Vineyards and the entire Stamp family for just being some of the nicest people I've met and for their support; Dave Whiting at Red Newt and Peter Bell at Fox Run for being my "wine gurus"; Jim Trezise at New York Wine & Grape Foundation for his amazing knowledge and information; John Iszard at Fulkerson Winery for his support and encouragement; Sheila Livadas of for her support and encouragement; all of the Finger Lakes winery owners, winemakers, and winery staff who have taught me so much about wine; all of the wonderful people of the Finger Lakes area who me and my wife have met and who make The Finger Lakes a truly special place; and especially, thank you to all of you readers of this blog, who keep me motivated to keep blogging! I raise my glass to you all!!!


Dezel said...

Congratulations! We love your blog, it’s a great resource. Thanks for making our trip to the Finger Lakes sound, with all your great post and advice. Hope all is well and that the weather is still bearable up there. Very nice pics below! I miss the FL’s. Have yourself a great week!


Anonymous said...

I've enjoyed your page as much as I've enjoyed the Finger Lakes. It is great that area advocates like yourself provide a forum to educate other people about what is going on with this wonderful location and its great wines. Keep up the good work!

Jason Feulner

Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday!!! Sorry for the belated note. You can continue to count me as a fan--you help me keep track of the wine scene and have my gratitude for that. I think we need to pull off a NY/Upstate NY food and wine blogger event--maybe at the Wine and Culinary Center. What do you think? Maybe next summer?

Finger Lakes Weekend Wino said...

Dezel, Thanks! When you are up next year (And I know you'll be coming back next year), we will definitely get together.

Jason, Thanks! It certainly is an amazing place in so many ways, but especially the people.

Jennifer, Thanks! And I'm all for the blogger conference and The Wine & Culinary Center would definitely be the perfect place.

Tracy said...

Count me in on blogger fest!