how can you miss me when i won’t go away...

Monday, February 17, 2014

For the past six years, this blog has focused almost exclusively on topics related to wine. Wine politics, reviews, arguments and opinions. My position as the Northwest Editor for Wine Enthusiast, my recent books, my 12 years as the wine columnist for the Seattle Times and its affiliates, and my own interests kept me on point.

But it's time to re-fresh, and re-think. My own life choices dictate the direction to go. If you, as I do, love wine, it's safe to assume that you also love good food, interesting travel, and meeting active, creative people. As an editor long ago told me, when I was a cub reporter for a weekly newspaper, "living well is the best revenge."

I have thought about that over the years, and the older I get, the more those words ring true. Unfined and Unfiltered - this blog – has served me well. But ultimately it all comes down to time management. As my work in wine continues to expand, now including winemaking and marketing for Waitsburg Cellars, as well as more and more speaking engagements, it’s impossible to meet the relentless deadlines required for a blog. Along with all of the above, my new band (Hat No Hat) is on solid ground, playing every Thursday at jimgermanbar here in Waitsburg, and eager for more gigs in and around Walla Walla later this spring and summer.

So if you are seeking further Gregutt recommendations, opinions, notes on wines, wineries, wine regions, travel, dining, general humor and occasional rants, I invite you to friend me on Facebook. My Facebook page will be where I post up regular wine notes and other tidbits, all bite size in order to fit into our insanely busy, media-saturated lives. I hope you will come over and join me there, and I do thank you for your attention to this blog over the years!

Paul Gregutt
Waitsburg, Washington
February 17, 2014

14 comments:

Larry Stapleton said...

Enjoy. Paul!

Larry Stapleton said...

Keep up the good work!

Bob Neel said...

Good call, PG. Your FaceBong posts are mainly what pushed me over here anyway, so this saves me a click. Have enjoyed and appreciated all you've done.

Anonymous said...

Too bad -- I've enjoyed and appreciated your blogs and books, but I refuse to do Facebook.

PaulG said...

Anon - I have a great buddy who used to be a force on F-book and got pissed off and stopped and I miss him dearly. It's not for everyone, to be sure, but for me it works really well, and I feel free to make fun of it whenever the mood strikes. Should you change your mind I would welcome you!

Anonymous said...

Hope you will keep the existing blog up for a good long while, despite the end of your updates. There are some very valuable notes in your archived posts.

terroirist said...

Will miss you here Paul, but look forward to seeing you soon in Waitsburg at the JGB.

PaulG said...

Thank you for the kind words. I'll keep this material up until time or technology shut it down!

Ron Washam, HMW said...

Paul,
OK, it's official, you've quit your blog more times than I have. I'll have to settle for Silver Medal.

Well, I'm sorry to see you go, but, boy, do I get it. I'm sure I'm not far behind you. I'm running out of Recommended Blogs for my Blog Roll. Why can't a few of the really lousy Poodles quit instead of someone with authority and talent?

But good luck and high scoring, my friend. So you'll be back here in, oh, 18 months or so? I don't FaceBook either, so you'll have to send me a telegram. Do they still have telegrams?

PaulG said...

Ron, I truly don't know how you, STEVE! and a handful of other stalwart bloggers (blogwarts?) do it. But my admiration for your work is unbounded. And though telegrams have not yet made an appearance here in the 'Burg, I do catch the occasional pony express zipping through town. So, no FaceBong for you, my friend. We'll have to wait till we can raise a glass in person. I look forward to that!

Anonymous said...

Paul, I am so appreciative of the time you have put into your blogs as well as your columns in the Times. The wines and your knowledge has helped guide me through the years in my journey into the vineyards. Introducing me to various winemakers and their styles in your columns was exactly what I needed to help me along. I will be looking forward to reading what you write on your Facebook page. Good health to you. BobbyC

David Larsen said...

Paul, You've had a great run with your blog. I and many other fans have greatly enjoyed your work. We appreciate your willingness to take a stand and the criticism that comes with it. Thanks for your many contributions to our industry. Good luck with re-freshing and re-thinking.

PaulG said...

David - thank YOU for all your support over the years. And please check out my Facebook page from time to time. There's a blog-worthy thread on there right now that started out with a simple review of some recent releases from DDO!

Sean Wallace said...

i have really enjoyed your site over the past 4 years that I have been active on here. Thanks for everything Paul.

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