Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2011: Let's Rewind that Wine...

So most people did their 2011 recap posts in the last week of 2011, or even last week (the first week of 2012). Well, I'm not most people and I decided to do mine in the SECOND week of 2012. Because I can. I remember how much fun I had last year re-capping my 2010 Sips & the City posts, and getting to look back on all the fun I had in 2010. Well, 2011 was no different! I had such an amazing year getting to know new people, attending events, learning about various aspects of wine making, and trying some spectacular new wines. And now, my blog is almost a toddler (yes, it will be 2 in March!). Time sure does fly, doesn't it? And now, without further ado.. sit back, relax and enjoy the ride: 2011 in review!

  • There nothing quite like starting out the year with a little controversy. What started out as a random thought I had in my head about singles and wine events, led to the highest viewed post since my blog's creation. "Sips & The Single Girl: Where's the Beef?" definitely directed some attention toward my blog, and it was pretty entertaining to read people's reactions.




  • I wrote the first post in a new series I created entitled "From the Vine to your Glass". The first entry in this series was on bottling. I started this series because I'm determined to learn and help out in each aspect of wine making and I wanted to document my adventures in doing this. A ton of work, but so worth it!



  • I was so excited to get to do a preview for an event that I was helping to put on. The 3rd Annual WSU Wine Symposium was upcoming at the Columbia Tower Club and featured all WSU owned and affiliated wineries. Go Cougs!



  • I wrote about my mid-July trip out to Lake Chelan. I've made a wine trip to the Lake Chelan AVA an annual occurrence, and this trip was just as much fun as past trips!
  • One of my favorite posts that I was able to write in 2011 also started another new series for my blog called "Sips on the Road". In the first post of this series, I wrote all about the Washington wine that trekked up to Alaska for my younger brother's wedding in late July. It was so much fun to be able to tie my "wine life" in with my personal life. And everyone at the wedding loved the wine!


  • In September, I wrote about Wine in the Pines, which had turned out to be a top notch event. The seminar I attended was educational and tasty, and even a little heat on the patio (ok, it was HOT) during the Grand Taste couldn't spoil the fun!


  • My first October post was on the 2nd Annual BLEND event, held at Bell Harbor Conference Center. This wasn't any ordinary tasting event for me. This was the first time that I had been asked to judge the wines being poured at the event. The "BLEND awards" judging was seriously hard work, but a great learning experience! Looking forward to next year.
  • At the end of the month, I previewed an upcoming event that I had been looking forward to since the 2010 event. The 2011 Taste of Tulalip was on track to be bigger and even better than the previous year, and I was ecstatic to be included in the media preview event.


Aaaand, time. Whew, that was a quick and dirty breakout of everything I did last year in the wine world! I have so many ideas for things to write about and often times, not enough time in which to do it. Working full time and trying to keep up with events and tastings can be challenging, but I keep at it. I'm looking forward to what's to come in 2012 and I hope to be able to write more than ever!


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