With my usual wine content it's actually pretty easy to zero on a topic that will be interesting for both myself and my readers, but here I am faced with a different audience: a fragmented audience, a knowledgeable audience, and perhaps a jaded audience. So, I sit here and I spend time guessing what might interest you.
Wanna help a guy out?
Tell me what you want to discuss. I'd love to know what the hot topics are in your neck of the woods. What's going on in the tasting room, on the retail floor, or in the cellar? We have a big audience and it truly represents people employed in every facet of our sometimes frustrating, sometimes rewarding, and apparently very romantic and attractive industry. So, what is it you want to talk about? E-mail us and let us know. Until I know more about what you want, you're gonna get... more monthly stats!
What's been hot on Snooth? This includes the run-up to Valentine's Day, so if you want to know what people were looking for, and maybe make a mental note for next year, here ya go...
Our top 20 searched-for wines
Castello del Poggio Moscato d'Asti 2007
Craggy Range Sophia Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay 2005
Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2009
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut NV
Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial NV
Riunite Lambrusco NV
Fields Family Wines Estate Grown Syrah 2009
Sweet Bitch Merlot NV
Wente Vineyards Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Emeri Sparkling Pink Moscato NV
Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Sweet Bliss Red
J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Francois de Rozay Champagne Brut
Villa Antinori Toscana 2006
Liberty School Paso Robles Cabernet 2007
La Crema Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2008
Rutherford Grove Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve 2005
So, what does it all mean? Well, there are some trends: people are looking for sweeter wines, no matter what the pros say, or the people say, for that matter. Big brands are still popular. Sparkling wine is THE Valentine's Day drop of choice, and if it's pink and sweet even better -- though people will settle for just sweet. And people always drink Cabernet.
I'm sort of excited to see what happens as the weather warms up and whites start making an apppearance on these lists. What will be the surprising dark horse and will anything challnge Chardonnay's supremacy? We'll have to wait to see, but you'll be able to find out here at Snooth.
By the way, I don't know if you've noticed but every Friday we're featuring some of our favorite blog posts of the week in our e-mail. We've featured some of our favorite bloggers, but we would also like to know who you think deserves more recognition for their work. Send us your suggestions and recommendations!