I've been doing a bit of introspection here at 1WineDude.com. Since this is a blog, the introspection has been performed entirely on-line, using two different tools that other wine bloggers have been dabbling with as well. So, no chance of my becoming a better person in the real world - this is virtual introspection, people.
The first tool is one of those kitschy website polls, which don't seem so kitschy anymore to us wine geeks, now that we have one that tells you What Kind of Wine You Are. Heck, I practically consider them to be brilliant now...
Anyway, my results:
You Are Sauvignon Blanc
Engaging and energetic, you have a lot to offer the world - most of it they've never seen anywhere else!
You are the type of person who carves your own path in life... and you invite everyone else to come along.
The only thing predictable about you is that you could have anything up your sleeve.
You're all about sampling all of life's experiences. Both the savory and unsavory ones.
Deep down you are: Laid back and young at heart.
Your partying style: Anything goes... seriously!
Your company is enjoyed best with: Smoked meats or spicy food.
Surprisingly, I could see myself in some of that description (especially the part about smoked meats and spicy food). And here I've always imagined myself to be a red - one of those interesting and offbeat blended ones, like Priorat. Wrong, baby!
I'm happy to take Sauv Blanc - even if they failed to mention my sometimes unpalatable bracing acidity, my low-to-moderate output but hardy vigor, the fact that I show my best in climates that aren't too hot, and my propensity to rot. Happy they didn't go into whether or not I should be considered high quality...
The other online tool in which plenty of blogosphere folks are dabbling is Wordle. Wordle is the kind of tool that you play around with for 15 minutes, wonder when / how you'd use it to do anything of significance, eventually scratch your head, shrug your shoulders, and then surf to another website. And pour yourself another glass of vino.
Having said that, you will enjoy the 15 minutes you spend on Wordle. I tried to create some interesting wine reviews using it - sort of a cross between my twitter 'mini' reviews & Chateau Petrogasm. No luck for me (if you figure it out, more power to ya).
Anyway, here's the 1WineDude.com wordle (click for larger view). Note that many customization features are available on Wordle, but I left it to its own devices to randomly select them for me:
If I squint just right, it sort of looks like wine being poured from a decanter. Or maybe it will later, after another sip or two...
Just for giggles, I also fed the 1WineDude twitter 'mini' reviews RSS feed into Wordle - the result (click for larger view):
What I noticed first about this random creation was the proximity of the words "smokin / Bong" and "think / flowers." Maybe this should be 1BluntDude.com?
Childish? Nah - it's just me being "Laid back and young at heart" like my 'spirit wine', Sauv Blanc.
Here's hoping, when my time comes, that I also rot nobly...