By popular demand, comments will be enabled for the next couple of posts. If I have any problems with spam, I might turn on the "word verification" feature. I know it's a pain, but hopefully it won't come to that. Just a couple of caveats: I tend to post at weird hours, and don't necessarily look at the posts every day. So if you ask a direct question, I'll try to answer it when I get around to it, but if there's any sort of lively discussion I probably won't be participating. In good conscience I try not to visit or think about this blog at work--when reading and writing about wine I really prefer to be relaxed and not handling an e-commerce problem with a client in Brazil.
One other thing: I've already heard from a couple of wineries that disagreed with my reviews and have offered to send me a free bottle for re-evaluation. First off, I'm deeply flattered, but due to laws here in the highly enlightened state of Tennessee, I can't receive wine or liquor through the mail. All shipments that cross state lines have to pass through the hands of a distributor. I weep at the thought of some generous gift being intercepted at the post office and being ceremoniously poured down the drain. However, if you want me to give your wine a second shot and you're friendly about it, let me know anyway and I'll try to get around to it in the next couple of months at my own expense. I do realize that there's dozens of things that can make a single bottle go off and that it's not indicative of the vintage as a whole.
It's fun hearing from wineries, particularly the ones where I gave positive reviews. And if I didn't like your wine, don't take it personally--I'm not an expert, and this blog has a lot more to do with my personal tastes and quest for wine education. I also think that wine can be much better evaluated with food, whereas the majority of wines listed here are based off small samples at wine tastings. Even if I say I'm not enthusiastic about a particular wine, it doesn't mean that it's bad, just that it didn't pique my interest. I don't think there's many terrible wines out there, most stuff on the market tends to be average and drinkable with a few that stand out above the herd.