Logo from Hoperatives
Kevin & I want to welcome our good friends Tom & Carla to the
alcohol-blogging fray. Tom & Carla are avid beer lovers (they
guest-posted for us in the past) and are channeling that beer devotion
The new site is called Hoperatives,
which should tell you that they're serious about their beer. You can still get Kevin's beer reviews and such on this site (also accessible
through beer-guy.net), but Tom and Carla will be taking it
further on their own blog, even touching occasionally on home brewing.
Note: This post was relevant when I hosted on Typepad. As of Nov 2009, we moved to WordPress.
There’s been a slight technical upgrade at my blog host, Typepad. You and I both reap the benefits.
There are a lot of great back-end features that make my life as a blogger a lot less hassle. But the commenting feature has changed as well, and it’s rather cool. You now have no reason not to come make comments!
Comments are now threaded. This means you can reply to someone else’s comment. I can’t tell you how fantastic that is! So if Ed says something that Jane wants to respond to directly, she can.
The comment form has changed a bit as well.
What’s different? Well, first off, your comment is amazingly important, so you can write that first. URLs in your comment will be automatically hyperlinked as well. Once you get your thoughts down, then you can enter in all the fun information like your name, email (not displayed), and your own URL. As usual, you’ll still have to enter a CAPTCHA code to post (anti-spam mechanism), but you will get a chance to preview before posting.
Finally, you can optionally sign up for a free Typepad Profile that will show your photo and previous comments as part of your post. It’s pretty cool, albeit not required.
Now, if I could just find a graphic designer willing to donate their mad designing skills to improving the look and feel around here, we’d be set!
Kevin and I are having a virtual (er, imaginary) Thanksgiving dinner
with some of our wine friends. Yesterday, our retailer buddies arrived first, with some amazing wine favorites in tow. In this edition, our local wine blogger friends make a big entrance, and they’ve brought some big wine with them.
I asked each of them to "bring" their favorites for Thanksgiving
dinner. You’ll see that their tastes vary a lot, proving that there is
no right or wrong. Drink what you like, just like your local wine bloggers.
Tomorrow, you’ll get favorites from your host and hostess here at Wine-Girl.net, just in case you’re curious as to what we’d offer our guests.
After the jump, find the outstanding blogger choices.
I wanted to say thank you – both to Liquor Direct and to my readers. Everyone made this weekend’s tastings a rousing success! It was great to meet many of you! I had such a blast. I wish I do that all the time. I’d give up my "real" job in a heartbeat.
I also wanted to say Welcome! to anyone who is dropping by to read the blog because they discovered it at this weekend’s tastings. It’s good to have you! I don’t post everyday, but I try to post fairly often. I also don’t always review wine, but sometimes offer reviews of local restaurants, as well as news about local wineries and restaurants. Always think local and eat local! You can learn more about me and my husband Kevin here. Thanks for dropping by!
It’s odd when you can have two unrelated posts that go together very well in hindsight. The example of this would be the "Game On" and "Restaurant Not Required" posts from yesterday. Looking a little deeper, it looks like the intent of the Wine Spectator snafu was to add publicity for an upcoming book and had slightly more to the story than had been previously mentioned.
Wine Spectator added their side of the story to their forum here and it turns out that Goldstein fulfilled all the requirements that Spectator checks to confirm the existence of the restaurant: website, Chowhound, phone number. A little more work than just submitting the forms as he implied on his blog. Also it looks like the 15 wines he highlighted were just part of the 256 wines submitted of which 53 were rated higher than 90 points on their archaic numerical scale. Full Disclaimer: I still prefer our pictorial approach here at My Wine Education.
So good news for everyone. People who dislike "The Speculator" get ammo as there was a miss by the magazine in presenting the award, Goldstein gets extra publicity for his book, the blog-o-sphere gets all wound up over half a story, and Wine Spectator lovers get to point out how no one gives the magazine any love by going off half-cocked with only half the story. I guess it’s all part of the marketing/publicity game and I don’t have to like it, especially when no value has been added to my life. I will still read WS, but then again I’m a sucker for pretty pictures.
Well played, Internet. Game on.
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