Why the picture of the celebratory wine glasses? Well, it’s hard to believe but it’s 10 years since I pressed ‘Publish’ for the first Bristol Wine Blog on 28 July 2010. At that time, I couldn’t have guessed that I would still be blogging 10 years later – or that anyone would still be reading it! But I am and you are, so Thank You!
It hasn’t turned out quite how I imagined it would, though. At the start, I was aiming to create a forum for those in and around Bristol to share their thoughts about wine and their recommendations for the best local buys. But I underestimated how much wine lovers enjoy reading and talking about wine (almost as much as we enjoy drinking it!) and my hoped-for local community soon spread way beyond the city limits. Indeed, WordPress tell me that, in the last month alone, the Blog has been read by people from more than 20 countries, so, welcome all you ‘honorary Bristolians’!
Counting back, I must have written more than 500 blogs since that first one. Many have become out of date and so I have deleted them, but I’ve kept quite a few in the archive as they seem to keep attracting attention. The most popular is one I posted way back in 2011 titled “Ungrafted Vines: A Taste of History”. It has clocked up more than 2500 reads over the years and is certainly still relevant today. It talks about the ongoing battle to combat the deadly vine disease, phylloxera, and explains why most of today’s wine comes from European vines (Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, etc) grafted onto American vine rootstocks – a positive example of transatlantic co-operation!
And looking forward? Well, with the current pandemic, there will be fewer blogs about wine tasting events or courses and not so many mentions of restaurant meals, but my wife and I are still enjoying our wine so, what better plan for the next 10 years of Bristol Wine Blog than to go back to my original idea: to write and share thoughts about wine and recommendations for the best local buys? And, to read your responses, of course.