With the passing of the New Year it is always good to take a moment to step back and reflect on the year that has passed and look towards the future with fresh eyes and a clean slate. I intend to do that here throughout the month of January. For those that may have more recently discovered the site I am nearing my three year anniversary in the wine blogging arena. 2007 was the year I got my feet under me. In 2008 I transitioned to a self hosted blog and much to my delight began discussing wine with some of you all here on the site. 2009 was a remarkable year. It will be remembered for many things;
Grape Madness, receiving my first samples (more on this in another post), redesigning the site and most importantly really developing an active community to talk about wine.
And on that note, I want to thank all of you! Google tells me that over 95,000 of you stopped by to read the 119 posts that were published last year. Those 119 posts generated a remarkable 1,036 comments! An extra special thank you to Angela and Danny for being the most active commenters. Likewise to joshiemac, RJ, Jeff, DP and PeterB who were also regular contributors. I know at times I can be slow (or worse) to respond but these comments and the dialogue are what keep me going. So thanks again to all for your contributions and please let’s keep the conversation going!
And finally… Everybody knows I’m a sucker for a Top 10 list so I thought I would share how you all voted with your clicks. With that I present the “Reader’s Choice” Top 10 List of Wines for 2009:
- 2007 Chariot Gypsy
- 2007 Castle Rock Mendocino County Pinot Noir
- 2005 Epicuro Aglianico
- 2006 Chiusa Grande Tommolo Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo
- 2006 The California Wine Party Franc Merlot
- 2008 Honey Moon Viognier
- 2008 Blue Fin Pinot Noir
- 2006 Epicuro Nero d’ Avola
- 2005 Howell Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
- 2007 Pancake Cellars Big Day White
Have you had any memorable moments here on the site in 2009? If so, I would love to hear about them in the comments…What a year it was!
Next up: 2009: The Year in Wine…