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Six Years of Vinography

birthday_cake_sm.jpgHave you ever forgotten your own birthday? It just occurred to me yesterday that while I wasn't looking last week, the 6th anniversary of this blog's beginning came and went. It's hard to believe that so much time has passed since I first started tapping away here in my corner of the wine web.

The last six years have been a wonderful exploration of my own passion for wine, and a fabulous experience of interacting with a growing body of readers.

While Vinography has garnered many accolades and awards, I am most proud of the quality of thought and writing that my readers bring to their comments here. After six years (and as of 9:53 PM tonight) you've responded to me and to each other 12,804 times. The conversations represented by those comments in some cases are way better than the ramblings or rants that provoked them, and in all cases are examples of some of the most thoughtful and civilized wine conversation to be found anywhere on the Internet.

So while I have much to celebrate after six years as a passionate-consumer-turned-wine-journalist, what I must give thanks for more than anything else are you, my readers.

Thank you for your continued passion for wine, and for the time and energy you spend listening to what I think about it.

Comments (24)

John wrote:
01.24.10 at 10:50 PM

I don't actually have anything to say, but how can I possibly not comment on this?

01.25.10 at 12:31 AM

Congrats to you, Alder, for six years of top-notch work. I chuckled when I saw this on Facebook, because the same thing happened with my blog's 5th anniversary last year. So I'll celebrate my 6th with you instead. :)

Here's to 6 more!


Greg wrote:
01.25.10 at 2:00 AM

I enjoy your blog, always well written and usually interesting (that may sound like faint praise but for me its pretty good)

Jim Thacker wrote:
01.25.10 at 3:13 AM

Congratulations on the six years. Always good stuff.

Benito wrote:
01.25.10 at 5:36 AM

Congrats, Alder! It has always been a pleasure reading your site. I look forward to many more years of insight and reflection on this hobby of ours.

01.25.10 at 6:37 AM

Congratulations. Continue blogging, a lot of readers likes to read your blog. Congrats again.

Uzi wrote:
01.25.10 at 8:29 AM

Congrats! keep up the good work. Uzi

Tyler Thomas wrote:
01.25.10 at 8:42 AM

Alder, less of a commentator and more of a reader now; but still following you along. Congrats, are blogging years like dog years? 6 must be equal to 40-50 with all the changes we've seen in the sphere!

Lila wrote:
01.25.10 at 9:51 AM

Congratulations, Alder!

jason wrote:
01.25.10 at 10:04 AM

Instead of congratulations I would like to say thank you! You writings have led me to many new experiences in the wine world...

Steve Killey wrote:
01.25.10 at 10:39 AM

Hear! Hear!
Great Job Alder.
All my best,
love, dad

Tim wrote:
01.25.10 at 1:50 PM

Boy where does the time go? Another year and a very merry birthday to you! I believe you are deserving of a congrats note but on the other hand, how about simply saying thank you for all you do for the rest of us, appreciate your contributions!

01.25.10 at 5:21 PM

Congrats Alder!

Brooke wrote:
01.25.10 at 7:27 PM

Six years of consistent, thorough, honest wine journalism. An integrity all of us could aspire to, not just in writing. Happy Birthday Vinography! You've set a high bar.

Alder wrote:
01.25.10 at 9:31 PM

Thank you all for your kind words.

Ore wrote:
01.26.10 at 8:38 AM


Thank you for all the great content! Please keep it up!

Gary wrote:
01.27.10 at 9:36 AM

Congrats, Alder. Keep up the good work.

Alder's mom wrote:
01.28.10 at 3:42 PM

You've taught me so much Alder. Thank you. Love, Mom

Doug Wilder wrote:
01.28.10 at 9:16 PM

OK, I'm heaping on the accolades but what more can anyone say? Following Alder's mom is a tough assignment. Even I'm blushing!

I don't need to tell you that writing a blog when you have a full time gig is tough any way you cut it and being able to dedicate yourself to this level of excellence and influence while also running Hydrant is an inspiration to all bloggers. I passed my one year anniversary with little fanfare but here it is 9PM and I have eight Pinot Noir open in front of me and I look at all of your calendar posts and fell like such a slacker.

Hope to see you soon Alder, perhaps Premiere Napa Valley, no way will you see me @ ZAP :)

Victor wrote:
01.30.10 at 8:21 AM

Congratulations! I found this site recently but I already love it.

chris robinson wrote:
01.31.10 at 9:57 PM

Alder, from a reader in Hong Kong, keep right on a writin. Always interesting and quirky. And best of all you rarely go on about food and wine pairings!!!

tom farella wrote:
02.01.10 at 9:56 AM

Yet another example of "where does the time go?" Thanks, Alder, for all of your efforts. Yours is a great example of how the web and wine can go together. You have raised the bar for all of us. Long live Vinography!

John Skupny wrote:
02.01.10 at 11:38 AM

Happy Birthday Vinography... Alder...was that the 2004 vintage?

Darlene wrote:
02.11.10 at 8:17 AM

Happy Birthday Alder! Although new to your blog, I am quite enjoying it :-)

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