WBW #36 Announced: Let’s Get Naked

Now that I have your attention, let’s get down to business.

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Next month, on August 8th to be exact, we’ll be celebrating the three-year anniversary of Wine Blogging Wednesday. Actually, in the early days, it was called World Wide Wine Blogging Wednesday. But, participants quickly streamlined the name and the rest is Internet history. What started out as a few hardcore wine blogging geeks has really grown into more than I could have imagined. For that, I am grateful. Thank you to every person who has ever participated.

But let’s stop looking back…let’s look forward.

The theme for WBW #36 is “Let’s Get Naked.” No, I’m not suggesting or encouraging anyone to drink their wine naked, though I guess you can do what you want in the privacy of your own home. Instead, I want everyone to try a naked wine…specifically a naked chardonnay.

You’ll see them labeled in many different ways: naked, unoaked, unwooded, steel-fermented, etc but they all have one thing in common…they are made without oak barrels. I’ve long been a fan of this style of chardonnay and I thought it would be fun to see what people can find and what they think of the wines. There aren’t any price or region limits this time. Just go out and find an un-oaked chardonnay and drink it. Easy, right?

Of course, I couldn’t let WBW’s third anniversary go by with just a simple theme and no other news. Oh no no no. I’ve got a lot more in store for WBW as we move into the future.

First, I’m happy to officially announce the launch of this new blog winebloggingwednesday.org. It will be a one-stop shop for everything WBW. So, instead of having to surf the wine blogosphere constantly to make sure you hear about the next theme, you can come here to learn all that there is to know.

Next, you guys all know me as the founder of and the central figure behind Wine Blogging Wednesday. But, in order to grow the event even further, I’ve decided to put together a group of WBW Advisors who will help me manage, grow and develop the event even further. You know this group of bloggers already–they are some of WBW’s most seasoned participants and wine blogging superstars. So please welcome Tim Elliott of Winecast, Andy Barrow from Spittoon and “Dr. Vino” Tyler Colman as the WBW Advisors. This group may grow in the near future, so stay tuned for more information on that. We’ll be working together to manage the ever-growing hosting queue, to build participation and to come up with new ways to use technology as part of WBW.

And finally, we have all enjoyed the current WBW logo for a while now. But, it’s time for a change so I’m announcing a new Wine Blogging Wednesday Logo Contest . Details will be coming later this week.

So that’s it from WBW headquarters here on Long Island. Don’t forget to join us on August 8th with your naked chardonnay!

16 thoughts on “WBW #36 Announced: Let’s Get Naked

  1. Is My Blog Burning? - Share recipes, meet gourments, expand your culinary experiences, get cooking - » Wine Blogging Wednesday #36 on said:

    [...] See also Wine Blogging Wednesday [...]

  2. [...] Today has been an exciting wine day.  In part because I tried Osborne Solaz Tempranillo Blend for the first time (yummy).  But that’s not all.  The Wine Blogging Wednesday #35 roundup was published (with my first appearance) and the topic for WBW #36 was announced — Let’s Get Naked. [...]

  3. Great site. Thank goodness it’s official and can be announced. No more trawling through the web in hope of the latest announcement. Seriously, thanks to all of you (Lenn? Tim?) for this site. And Andrew, groovy header photo :)

  4. [...] the theme for Wine Blogging Wednesday #36 is “naked” Chardonnay.  That is to say, the theme is for everyone to go out and find [...]

  5. I’ve made my choice, and it’s the 2005 Mer Soleil Silver Chardonnay. I get the feeling that a lot of people might try to taste this particular wine for WBW #36, so hopefully we can organize a bit and get some diversity of entries…*)

  6. I think we should do exactly that – taste naked this one time in honor of three years of WBW! And even post some tasteful photos doing so. (And yes, I mean tasteful – I’ve been to a nude beach, OK?) It should be a hoot!

  7. [...] started tasting wines for the upcoming Wine Blogging Wednesday #36.  And since I have five wines that I’ll be reviewing,  I thought I would go ahead and [...]

  8. huevos con vino » Blog Archive » Wine Blogging Wednesday #36: Drinking the 2005 Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay on said:

    [...] unsealed. Okay, that’s enough about cherimoya for now. The WBW task this month is simple: unoaked Chardonnay. No problem! Unoaked Chardonnay is becoming more and more [...]

  9. Sue,Just send your post to Lenn any you are done. Those without blogs can post here if they like; no need to post here and at your blog.Thanks!

  10. Catavino - - Spanish Wine, Portuguese wine and more! » Blog Archive » Wine Blog Wednesday - Naked Chardonnay on said:

    [...] wine, we will be taking a quick break today as a result of Wine Blog Wednesday. The theme, unoaked Chardonnay, is a subject we would have loved to have covered with a Portuguese wine, but unfortunately we [...]

  11. [...] Today marks Wine Blogging Wednesday #36, and the theme is Naked Chardonnay.  That’s defined as any chardonnay that has never touched oak.  These are also typically chardonnays that haven’t gone through malolactic fermentation.  Malolactic fermentation is a process that converts malic acid to lactic acid which will reduce the overall acidity and gives typical chardonnays their buttery characteristic. [...]

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