I was unblogged there for a while but I'm back. Now there's so much to say I think I'm going to explode!
First, I was asked to get blog thoughts out there. Fellow Walla Walla wine blogger Catie at Through the Walla Walla Grape Vine tagged me to reflect on the topic of why I blog about wine. Here goes:
Why did I start wine blogging and why blog about wine?
The blog really grew out of the weekly radio show that Steve and I were doing at KWCW at Whitman College called 'Wine Matters'. The show was all about introducing various aspects of winemaking to listeners from a student winemakers perspective. We usually set a theme and invited winemakers or growers on the show for an interview. We had some amazing guests; The great Stan Clarke of the Center for Enology and Viticulture, Ron Coleman of Tamarack Cellars, Marie-Eve Gilla of Forgeron, Paul Gregutt of the Seattle Times, Dean and Verdie Morrison, of Morrison Lane, Gilles Nicault of Long Shadows and a many, many other talented winemakers and growers. Our musical 'break' half way through the show was a song that our guest selected, a pairing of music with a particular wine they enjoyed.
At the time I was attending the Center for Enology and Viticulture working toward getting my degree. Wine Matters was originally meant to be a podcast but I never got savvy enough to make that happen so I just stuck with the live, weekly, half-hour broadcast from the studio on Whitman Campus. I really loved being in wine school and turning all the amazing stuff I was learning about Viticulture and Enology back out to the community via college radio. If any of you have ever done a show out of a College station you know what I'm talking about. It's a great energy source.
But in truth, I don't think I was a very good broadcaster. It's really, really hard to have a conversation (intelligently) live, on-air, manage the control board (which I was awful at), and keep my kids from making annoying sounds in the background (which happened way too many times!) I decided that it might be much easier to write.
Now please understand that I'm not suggesting I'm any better at writing about wine than talking about it on the radio! But this is why I turned on the blog....to continue giving people the education focus that truly inspires me and keeps me going. Really, the learning never stops, even now that we have our own winery here in Walla Walla. Just like wine in the barrel or bottle, it's an evolving process.
Check out these other wonderful wine blog written by much better writers than myself!
Good Wine Under $20 - I don't think this blog needs much explanation, but it's great if you live in the LA area because this is all about getting a hold of these wines and drinking them!
Wine Hiker - It's a wine blog. It's a hiking blog. Yes, it's a wine hiking blog!
Tokyo Through the Drinking Glass - A wine blogger living in - Yep, Tokyo!
Cheers! Posted by Denise