Oenophilogical: The Terrific Twos

Well, snap!  Several weeks ago marked this blog’s second year of sipping, swilling and opining.  I’m a little late with this, but here it is …



It’s been a fun year!  Please join me in a toast to another one.



Oenophilogical (the blog) Turns One

Please celebrate with me!

I can hardly believe it, but the stats don’t lie.  It was one year ago exactly when the first post went up on this blog, oenophilogical.  Whether you want to call it a birthday or an anniversary makes no difference to me.  I’m just psyched to have made it here.

I’ve had such a great time sharing my journey through the wines of my life.  As my chosen focus is inexpensive vino, the experiences haven’t always been amazing.  Yet I hope they have at least been interesting on some level – and perhaps entertaining from time to time.

One of the nicest discoveries over the past year has been my introduction to the great community of bloggers.  And not just bloggers: wine bloggers.  I didn’t realize there were so many folks out there who share the same fixation I do.  And they’re E-VE-RY-where!!  Honestly, there have been way more visitors here than I expected, and they have come from all over (97 countries and counting).  How awesome is that?

For this celebratory post, I thought maybe I’d reminisce just a tad over my past year in wine.  Then I thought, “Who has time for that?!”  So I’ll just say a hearty “THANKS” to everyone who has made this such a great year in wine blogging.  Here’s to the next one!

photo by Fir0002

A Toast To 25 and 50 At Oenophilogical

A toast because this new little blog hit a couple of milestones this past week.

First, Oenophilogical has officially been visited by people from 25 different countries.  Man!  How exciting that this blog which saw it’s first post in late February of this year has been visited by wine lovers from some 25 countries worldwide.  Awesome!

In addition, Oenophilogical experienced it’s first day where traffic to the blog exceeded 50 hits.  I mean, people are actually reading the posts!!  Sweet!

THANK YOU to everyone who has dropped in.  I realize this is small potatoes in the arena of big bloggers the world over.  But for me and Oenophilogical, this is great news.

Oh, and here’s that toast …

First Sips Toward A Love Affair

First, I have to admit that I came to wine fairly late.  I was well into my adulthood when I decided to investigate.

Early Impressions

I may have been reticent to give it a go because of experiences early in life.  You see, my parents weren’t really drinkers (maybe once or twice a year).  On the rare occasion they chose to drink, it was not so much for the flavor as for the experience (aka effect).  As a result, they usually bought pretty gosh awful wine.  Now and then, they would give me a taste.  And it was those first sips of bad wine that stuck with me for years.

Good Company Helps You Grow

But then (years later) I fell in with a crowd of folks – both at work and in my social circle – who were singing the praises of wine .  These folks were actually talking intelligently about the flavors in the wine.  In fact, I remember the first time I noticed the flavors in a wine.  A colleague from my office was quite the oenophile.  One evening he was sipping a Chardonnay and talking about how buttery it was.  He offered me a glass, and I didn’t want to be impolite.  I took a sip and — OMG — it had a pretty strong buttery flavor.  And that was that!  I wanted to know more.

Managed Expectations

Of course, there is so much to experience in the world of wine that just stepping into a wine store was initially daunting.  I was just a beginner, so I decided to start on the bunny slope.  What I mean is that I decided to start with only wines that were of a single varietal.  That way I could learn what the flavor profiles were for specific types of grapes and the wines produced from them.  And because that was still a very large number of wines, I decided to limit myself further to wines produced domestically in the U.S.  That way I could compare the differences among the wine houses as well as how changes to the many variables in winemaking made changes in the resulting wine.

Rome Wasn’t Built In One Tasting

According to The Wine Institute, the U.S. produced almost 700 million gallons of wine in 2011 (over 600 million in California alone).  Knowing what that might do to my liver, I took a few years  – yes, years – in my exploration of domestic single varietal wines.  Oh, I can’t say that I didn’t ever stray.  I’m only human.  I can still remember an amazing Gaja Barbaresco that had lovely blueberry flavors.  While that whetted my appetite for more, I did my best to focus because … my tongue was in training.

The World Is The Territoire

Now I have finally made the move to a deliberately broader wine experience.  Don’t get me wrong: I am no pro.  But I think I’m at a place where I won’t be confused and completely overwhelmed by the sheer volume and diversity of wines from across the globe.  Of course, I’ll be moving at a measured pace as I look, swirl, sniff and quaff my way along this journey.  And I’ll be posting my palatal travel experiences here at Oenophilogical.

I’m open to suggestions, by the way.  Big time!  So feel free to drop a comment here or in response to any of my posts with your recommendations on your favorite varietals and/or wines.

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