A Shiny New Glass
I used to go searching for new wine blogs to see what was emerging. These days I have enough GoogleAlerts set that newly indexed blogs or blogs that match my search criteria come to me all on th. Recently I came across a blog that does one of the most difficult things in wine blogging and does it really well.
A Glass After Work came to me due to a GoogleAlert I had set up for the Wine Bloggers Conference. What I found was blogger who gives great wine reviews!!
A Glass After Work is written by Alleigh, who I'm sure must have a last name, though I can't find it. (It strikes me though that this is the kind of name that could actually go solo, like "Madonna" or "Sting".
In any case, what Alleigh does so well with the reviews at A Glass After Work is weave them into her present day experiences, giving them something more than the standard color-nose-palate-finish rendition. We learn what kind of Day Alleigh had, what mood she brought to the wine, what if any food was prepared as the wine was consumed, an opinion, and of course the color-nose-palate-finish information.
This is very, very good and satisfying wine blogging. It's particularly good because it is primarily wine reviews, which as I've said I think is the most difficult kind of wine writing to make interesting. The fact is, offering one's opinion or rant on a subject is pretty easy stuff. But keeping a reader's eyes from glazing over as they read a wine review—well, that's talent.
A Glass After Work has been around since February and appears to be on pace to be offering posts every other day—a pretty good schedule. When you visit you'll also notice that the pictures that accompany the posts are really high quality, something else I associate with good wine blogs.
Finally, there is a rating system at play at A Glass After Work. "Five Corks" is the highest rating with half corks a part of the system too. One of the nice things about this rating system is that you'll actually find Alleigh giving wines 1.5 or 2 corks, not just 3 corks and higher. I've always liked a reviewer with a willingness to describe when they go "wine slumming".
Check out this outstanding and relatively new wine. Blog. It's very followable.