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An Important and Exciting Announcement

As many of you know, writing about wine is hardly my full time employment. With a demanding day job and a family, it requires a significant amount of discipline (along with perhaps a less than dynamic social life) to fit the wine writing into my crazy schedule. But I do because I love it. It's what I do for fun. People laugh when I say, "other people knit, I write about wine," but it's really true.

I have been approached many times over the years with offers to write more for established outlets, but I've always declined for a combination of reasons that can generally be boiled down to it not making sense for me to dedicate the time -- time away from Vinography, away from the job that pays the bills, and away from my family.

Until now.

Today I'm announcing that I'm the newest columnist for Jancis Robinson's Purple pages, and will be authoring a monthly column there called "Alder on America."

I've been friendly with Jancis ever since chance threw us together at the IPNC celebration in Oregon a few years ago, and we've swapped a lot of mutual admiration that I thought had hit its peak when she actually paid me to write an article during my trip to Burgundy last November.

But conversations continued and we began to explore a way to work together more regularly, and the idea of a monthly column was batted around, and we both ended up thinking it would be a great idea. For me it's a paid writing gig for one of the world's most respected wine writers. It gives me some exposure to her readers, and it's a nice feather in my cap. For her, it's additional coverage of the American corner of the wine world, and some more exposure to American audiences (who already make up a sizable chunk of her subscribers).

I have the utmost respect for Jancis as a wine writer and critic, and greatly admire her accomplishments in the world of wine. What can I say? She's a titan in the world of wine, and it's an incredible honor to be working with someone who has forgotten more about wine than I will likely ever know.

With apologies to Virgin America, for the .001% of you wine lovers who haven't yet heard of Jancis Robinson, she is the author of the Oxford Companion to Wine; a co-author of The World Atlas of Wine; the first non-trade recipient of the Master of Wine certification; and basically the wine critic that the rest of the English speaking world outside of the U.S. actually pays attention to.

My first column for her will appear publicly on Wednesday, October 19th on her site, though subsequent columns will be available only to members of Purple pages. If you've never had a look through her web site, I encourage you to do so, as well as possibly consider subscribing for a year, or even just a month, to check it out. The content is fantastic, and offers a unique perspective in comparison to, or in conjunction with the traditional critical outlets here in the U.S., not to mention searchable access to the Oxford Companion and The World Atlas of Wine, which is worth the tariff alone.

For those who might be interested in subscribing to her site, in honor of this new collaboration, Jancis is offering a first year subscription price of only $70/£44 (instead of the normal $108/£69). Use the promo code: "THANKSA&J" to receive your discount when you sign up.

Thanks, as always, for your continued readership and for your support as I embark on this new part of my journey as a wine writer. It's going to be fun!

For those who care, here's the official press release: "Wine Authority and Publisher Jancis Robinson Taps Wine Blogger for Content Expansion"

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