Update: Number 19 in Google’s Top 100 Wine Blogs!

I just received word from the Enobytes blog that Write for Wine’s ranking in Google’s Top 100 Wine Blogs has been moved up to number 19! Earlier today, this blog was at number 24, but a few outdated blogs have since been eliminated and now we’re at lucky 19! (Coincidentially 19 has always been my favorite number.)

As Enobytes points out: I created the “Google Top 100 Wine Blog” list by simply typing in a simple key term “wine blog” in the Google search engine. I then removed content that did not meet certain criteria, excluding blogs that haven’t been updated in over 3 months or websites that simply list other blogs. I also excluded blog directories, redirects, subsets or duplicates and blogs that heavily focus on content other than wine … This is clearly a ranking system that reduces bias and alienation, allowing readers to find great content.”

This is a great day — thanks again! You can see the whole list at Enobytes blog! 

Cheers!

Write for Wine is Number 24 on Top 100!

I was delighted to find out that Write for Wine is listed 24th on the Top 100 Wine Blogs ranked by Google! The news, plus the explanation of the ranking system, was revealed in Enobytes Wine Blog today. Not bad for a blog that raves about Washington state wine in 98% of its posts!

Thanks to all of you who supported this blog in the last year-and-a-half since I began blogging. Thanks to those who make such excellent Washington state wine, and thanks Enobytes, for revealing this statistic.

Cheers!

Washington Wine Wench

A week or two ago, my boss at my day job at the PR agency bestowed the name “Washington Wine Wench” on me. I laughed with her and quickly decided it was one of my favorite nicknames of the many given to me over the years. Thanks Laura!

Before I decided to embrace it, though, I had a chat on Twitter with my friend and colleague Catie, who is well known in wine circles as the Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman. Click on that link, and you’ll see that Catie sells Walla Walla wine and gourmet gifts at her website of the same name. She also has a blog called Through the Walla Walla Grapevine, which was one of the first Washington wine blogs that I read. I recommend you check out both of her sites.

So I asked Catie if Washington Wine Wench was too close to Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman or if she would give me her stamp of approval. Her response: “I say that we need more W’s and I would be honored for you to join me.”

So I did! I now own the URL for washingtonwinewench.com. Right now, the URL points to Write for Wine, but look for announcements about my plans in the weeks ahead.

Cheers!

Found a great Claret

I am always a happy camper when I find a good Bordeaux-style blend, so I’m pleased to say that Gilbert Cellars in Yakima struck a high note again with its 2006 Estate Claret. We first tasted the 2006 vintage shortly after its release, when we visited Sean Gilbert at the winery’s new tasting room in Yakima in September. The Claret was very good then and now, just a couple of months later, it’s even better. (I’m finishing one of the bottles we purchased as I write this blog post!)

Gilbert Cellars 2006 Estate Claret is a tasty blend of 74% Cab Sauv, 12% Merlot, 8% Malbec and a pinch (1%) of Cab Franc. We loved the previous 2004 vintage, which we tasted earlier this year, and the new release is even better. Here are the tasting notes:

The follow up to our very successful 2004 Claret is another wonderful example of the success of Bordeaux varieties on the Wahluke Slope. A bouquet of dark cherries, crushed herbs and Christmas spices accent a  rich, full palate of blackberries and cocoa leading into a lingering finish of crème de cassis and subtle vanilla.

We first met owner Sean Gilbert at Sexy Syrah last April at Salty’s on Alki in Seattle. We’ve been following his wines ever since and hope you will, too. And the next time you’re in downtown Yakima, be sure to stop by his fun tasting room. Seriously, it’s more like a wine bar!

Cheers!