Well, well, it’s been a while since I’ve tackled one of my favorite pieces to write. A lot has been going on since my last Bits & Bobs. Coming soon I will be revealing my “Winery Of The Year” for 2021. I’ve been working hard on the article and am excited to reveal my choice this year. Last year, Barnard Griffin had the honors. I interviewed Rob Griffin on my YouTube channel and reviewed many of their wines on other episodes. I had a good time talking and writing about Barnard Griffin. They have been around a long time and sometimes we can forget just how good the wines are. Rob has been putting out quality wines that represent some of the better values out of Washington State. Stay tuned for my selection this year.

The Seattle P.I. shut down their reader blogs where I wrote articles as “The Blue Collar Wine Guy.” I’m a bit sad they took that away because it garnered great traffic and exposure. I usually posted my winery of the year on that site. In some ways, it’s a positive turn of events. Now, I have to focus on this blog and learn how to increase exposure and traffic to my site that I have had for quite a while. I believe I have been writing on this blog for nearly twenty-one years. I’ve had some strong years and weak years and now it is time to hunker down and get my audience directed to this blog only. If there is anyone out there that would like to give me some advice on how to increase traffic to this site, I am eager to get your advice.

My wife Susie and I are starting to make travel plans again. First, we will be headed to Mexico to spend a few days in the sun and relax, something I personally have trouble doing. After that, we are looking forward to a trip to somewhere in Europe. Because of Covid, we have been put off traveling for over two years now. Enough of that!

As you know from past articles, Susie and I adopted Koko from the Animal Shelter this past August. She is mostly Siamese and a bundle of energy. She has settled into her new home and we love her. If you remember, she had a habit of waking me up in the early morning hours and started to wear me down. We have found a solution to that issue and things are much better now. Koko still doesn’t like it when I spend time writing in the morning instead of giving her my undying attention. However, I have noticed an improvement in this as well. She is letting me write this article with very little interference. It really helps that we can let her outside now to roam the property. Susie can actually call her to come in and she responds immediately. This is something you don’t often see in a cat.

I hope all of you have a great Christmas with your family and friends.

Merry Christma!

Stan The Wine Man

About Stan The Wine Man

I am a blue collar wine guy who has been in the biz for over twenty years. I work at a store in a tourist destination stop. I work hard at finding the best wine for the money. I love the challenge of learning my customer's palate so I can find the best wine for them, whether it is Petrus or white zinfandel. Cheers!
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