Recently I’ve been finding it difficult to pick engaging topics that pertain to the Wine Road brand, and in my opinion I have completely failed.  I pick a topic and fall flat with a dry disconnected voice that ends up only being an information driven piece with beautiful photos: the blog fail follys.

I want to inform people of important topics along the Wine Road and inside happenings and, most importantly, about young wine advocators.

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Since I moved back to Healdsburg I have met so many young people who moved here for the wine industry.  I was shocked because I expected the same old high school people, families, and family owned businesses.  This whole new youth group excites me and further justifies my settlement here.

Mostly, it has inspired me to become more knowledgeable about the industry and involved with all the beautiful people within it.  One person in particular, the wine buyer at my old place of work, inspired me to step out of my comfort zone with wine varietals and descriptors.  He showed me an alternative way to look at wine and encouraged me to speak up about my opinion.  I don’t think I would have the confidence that I have now in talking about and experimenting with wines without his encouragement.

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First off, and I am embarrassed to say, I used to think I was a red wine only kind of girl.  Michael, my wine mentor, showed me the types of whites that have the same characteristics that I liked in red wines.  I only thought there were Chardonnays and Sauvignons, but now I enjoy Vermentinos and Semillons and sparkling Rieslings and Trebbianos.  One of the most interesting whites I’ve had this year was a white Sangiovese (say what?). Yes, a WHITE Sangiovese! This wine was pressed delicately after removing the skins and there is a slight pinkish-orange color prevalent in your glass.  If you had this wine blindfolded, I bet you would think it was red.

Have I failed as a blogger? My compadres have told me no, that I simply need more inspiration.  I think it has to do with the environment of an office- what kind of inspiration does a computer screen and filing give you? From now on you can find me strolling around Healdsburg with my blogging cap on.

Now that my search is on for informative and interesting topics – tell me what you think! What do you want to read about?

Posted by Anne Loupy


  1. Thanks for this article. It’s nice to know that we’re not the only ones who sometimes feel the “blog fail.” We really enjoy the blogs from the Wine Road and tweet and re-share them often. They are a great source of info about this area. We would be interested in seeing more people profiles of all these fascinating and inspiring people you are meeting. From the winemakers to the tasting room hosts to the couples who come here for a wedding, this area is so full of people doing neat stuff. It would be interesting to read about the people that populate the Wine Road. We wish you luck in finding continued inspiration!


    1. Thank you for the reply! I find that suggestion very helpful and I am actually working on a new series: Winemakers Along the Wine Road! Thank you for the support and following, I will keep you posted on these new blogs:)


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