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5 Glorious Wine Goals For 2018

5 Glorious Wine Goals For 2018

What are your wine goals for 2018?

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I feel like I could sum mine up in one short sentence:

 

Drink more wine.

 

OK, I know that sounds bad. I’m not trying to drink a bottle every single night, because one of my personal resolutions is to lose all the weight I put back on during the holidays – who else is with me?!  Holidays suck like that.

 

What I mean by drink more wine is well, drinking more kinds of wine, more often.  I’ll explain more below.  I still tend to only drink at the end of the week, on weekends, and special occasions.  Bad days aren’t special occasions, but yeah, I drink on those days, too.

 

But I have some other goals that aren’t just drink more per se.  Many of these goals are specifically related to growing The Glorious Grape, and personal enrichment.  Things like following an editorial calendar to be more organized, reading more, becoming more engaged in both online and physical communities, networking with food and wine influencers, changing the way in which I shop for wine, and even trying to grow this amazing project into a potential business!

 

I’m really excited for what 2018 has in store, and I can’t wait to learn and grow with my fellow readers.  I’d really love to hear what goals you have set for yourself in 2018, wine related or not.  Please be sure to let me know in the comments below!  Maybe we can help to hold each other accountable.  I know I tend to lose momentum and make excuses, and this is something I am constantly working on.  However, this blog is quite helpful with holding me accountable, because I love providing regular content for my readers, and you all keep me going!

 

But let’s be real, here – so does wine.

 

Glorious Wine Goals Part 1:  Drink 1 Wish List Wine Every Month

 

One of my favorite things about the Vivino app/website is that not only can you keep notes and ratings on the wines you drink, but you can even make a Wish List of all the wines you want to try, and view others’.  (You can find/add me on Vivino here).  Mine is 130 wines deep!  It is a mixture of wines I personally want to try, wines I have been recommended, and wines I enjoyed reading reviews of on the app.  Truthfully, it could probably be much longer.  However, I don’t add that many because I want to feel like I can make my way through it in the next couple of years.

 

There is quite a diverse group of bottles in the list – wines under $10, to wines that I will probably never be able to afford, much less come across in person.  As I knock one off the list, I like to add a couple more.  This year, I’d like to try at least 12 of these wines, one per month.  I’m not holding myself to the list below, but these are the 12 I would like to shoot for (in no order):

 

    1. Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon  Columbia Valley, Washington $23.99
    2. Dave Phinney Locations F France  Roussillon, Rhône & Bordeaux, France $18.99
    3. Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier  Napa Valley, California $11.99
    4. Faust Cabernet Sauvignon  Napa Valley, California $49.99
    5. Château d’Esclans Rock Angel Rosé  Côtes de Provence, France $34.99
    6. J. Lohr Vineyards Tower Road Petite Sirah  Paso Robles, California $25.99
    7. Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz  Langhorne Creek, Australia $53.99
    8. Michael David Seven Deadly Zins  Lodi, California $13.99
    9. Ferrari Carano Fumé Blanc  Sonoma, California $12.99
    10. Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc  Marlborough, New Zealand $32.99
    11. Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon  McLaren Vale, Australia $31.99
    12. Antinori Villa Toscana  Toscana, Italy $18.99

 

Glorious Wine Goals Part 2:  Explore 1 New Region or Grape Every Month

This is just like Wine Goal 1, but with a new region and/or grape.  I’d really like to get adventurous with this one, and I already have some great wines in my collection that I shouldn’t have to worry about this for a few months.  Without giving away what I already have up my sleeve, here are some other areas and varieties I’d like to get familiar with:

  • Regions
    • Uruguay
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • France (yes, I don’t really drink French wines!)
    • Hungary
    • Croatia
    • Greece
  • Grapes
    • Assyrtiko
    • Tannat
    • Malvasia
    • Mencia
    • Pinotage
    • Dolcetto
    • Xinomavro
    • Falaghina
    • Marsanne

 

 

Glorious Wine Goals Part 3:  Make A Personal Top 10 List

I can’t decide if this will be the easiest to achieve or the hardest.  The goal is this: to come up with a list, for both my readers and for those who ask me for suggestions personally, what the best wines to drink are from a price-to-quality standpoint.  Go-To Wines, if you will.  Obviously there are some really stellar wines out there that can hurt your wallet. But my list will ideally be suited to wines that you can purchase for everyday drinking and smaller special occasions that are value driven but still deliver big taste and reliability.  I’d love to hear what your go-to wines are in the comments!

 

 

Glorious Wine Goals Part 4:  Attend 1 Tasting or Event Every Month

OK, maybe this one will be the hardest to achieve of them all. Why? Because managing a blog is really hard work, and I am kind of a homebody now! I won’t lie, it can be really tough to get out of the house sometimes, between this project, running a home, raising a Great Dane puppy, and trying to save cash (when I’m not spending it on wine). However, I am going to try really hard on this one for a few reasons:

 

    1.  Tastings & events are great opportunities to network and get the word out about The Glorious Grape.
    2.  They are also great ways to meet new people, for social reasons.  I could probably use more friends!
    3.  Tastings & events are great educational tools, especially when you know the right questions to ask.
    4.  Many of these can be found for FREE!  Local wine shops usually have them on the weekends.

 

 

Glorious Wine Goals Part 5:  Turn The Glorious Grape Into A Must-Read Website

I have some really big things planned for this website, and I can’t wait to share them all with you.  It’s scary and fun all at the same time.  I have no idea where this ride is going to take me, or us, but I’m determined to make something great of this project I have poured so much of my time and effort into.  Without boring you with too many details, some of what you will be seeing from me in 2018 will include:

 

  • Regular posting on Sundays & Wednesdays with weekly newsletters on Fridays.  If you haven’t already, please sign up here, because I have some really kickass wine deals I’ll be sharing all through the year that are exclusive to my email list members!
  • More series to tune into, like the 6 Part Prosecco Series from December!
  • Guest posts from other bloggers on TGG, and TGG guest posts on other blogs!
  • Larger social media presence with a targeted strategy focusing on my Facebook and Pinterest profiles!

 

Ultimately, the sum of these goals is to make a better experience for my blog readers.  I want to provide you with educational and fun material, so that way you can go out and buy better bottles of wine.  Taste them differently than you do now.  Talk to others about them in depth.  Be confident in your likes and dislikes, while also being open to explore.

 

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What are your 2018 wine resolutions?

Do you have any go-to or must-drink wines?

What would like to see on TGG this year that is important to you?

I’d love to hear from you below in the comments!

 

 



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