Well, after being away for much too long, I’ve finally decided that it’s time to get back to business here at What’s Worth Drinking. Over the past few months I have been working on creating and operating the beverage program for a boutique hotel, bar, and restaurant, and it has taken up so much of my time that I have been unable to get away long enough to write anything new. But finally things are beginning to level out and I think that I’ll be able to get back to a fairly regular posting schedule.
In the time I’ve been away, I’ve tried some awesome wines, gone to some industry
events and tastings, and racked up plenty of material and inspiration
for lots of upcoming articles. I’ve also had time to rethink the way I write my articles to make them more user friendly and useful. I have updated the rating system, which will now include a 100 point scale score as well as a score from 1 to 5 that will assess the value of the wine (how much it is “worth drinking”). The score will be based on the quality of the wine compared to what else is available in a similar price range and style, with a score of 5 representing a huge value for the price, and a score of 1 (typical of either lesser quality wines or wines that are priced extremely high) representing less of a value when comparing quality for the price.
Anyone who has read my articles before knows that I like to cover some obscure material. So in addition to the new value scoring system, my reviews will now also include an “if you like…” section which will compare the featured wine to other, better known wine styles.
Happy new year one and all! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and got to enjoy some special pours with family and friends.
Last year was certainly a busy one for me. I went on a number of trips, notably one to Italy, courtesy of the wonderful people at Banfi Vintners, and one touring a variety of wine regions along California’s Central Coast. I also attended a number of wine related events and tastings, got my Certified Sommelier accreditation, and began more seriously pursuing my studies in culinary arts. That said, I was a little disappointed with the number of articles that I have had the time to write, and I felt that I simply did not get around to covering some great, and truly deserving discoveries.
That’s why this year I’m debuting something new. In addition to my regular articles, I now plan to also launch a series of mini articles that I’m calling my “Sip of the Day”. I still plan to launch my full length articles throughout the week, but on the days in between, these will give me the chance to quickly talk about some of my most recent finds. Each “Sip of the Day” post will cover one wine, briefly talk about its story, give some tasting notes, and talk about where to get it. As most of my regular posts usually talk about at least two and sometimes up to five or so wines, the idea behind the “Sip of the Day” is to give me the freedom to cover whatever I want, without having to figure out what other wines I can group together with it for a full length article. I’ll be able to offer more variety and my posts will be much more current.
On a related note, I also intend to post my #WWDN, What’s Worth Drinking Now, statuses on Facebook and Twitter more often. I’ll be giving updates on my most recent discoveries as I find them, so if you want to stay updated with the latest be sure to follow me or friend me up.
I’m looking forward to sharing some awesome finds with you all in the upcoming year, and I can’t wait to put my newest changes to work. Wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous 2012.