Wow, nine years ago on March 20th, the first blog post was published on Texas Wine Lover. I couldn’t imagine that a simple way to tell people about the Texas wineries that Gloria and I were visiting would eventually turn into a website with much more than a blog.
Through these troubled times we are in with the coronavirus (COVID-19), many Texas wineries are closing for tastings. We need to help support local small businesses and still pick up wine from either wine clubs we are in or buy bottles at those Texas wineries. It has been five years since I turned the hobby of Texas Wine Lover into a business, but we will still try to bring you as much Texas wine news as possible.
I have been fortunate to find fantastic Texas wine writers throughout the years. These writers are not only devoted to Texas wine like all of us, but they love to share their experiences and information about Texas wine too. Besides the regular contributing wine writers, we also have had guest writers who show their love for Texas wine too. In the past year, we had 13 different writers who helped you learn more.
After nine years, Texas Wine Lover has written over 1,700 blog posts! That averages to almost five posts a week! We have learned a lot is happening in Texas wine and we are proud to have been there to tell you about it.
In addition to the growth of the website over the years, we have a very strong following on our Facebook page with over 10,000 organic Likes. Organic Likes mean we have never bought Likes unlike a lot of Facebook pages out there just to boost the numbers. In addition to the Facebook page, the Facebook group is very active! Texas wine lovers every day tell about the wines they are drinking, ask questions, offer advice, and much more. Our social media on Twitter and Instagram is also growing all the time.
The website still has the most current information on Texas wineries, vineyards, and news. The winery map is the most up-to-date out there and the vineyard listings have even more vineyards accounted for than reports from government agencies.
I mentioned earlier that Texas Wine Lover is a small business. Unbeknownst to many people, it does cost money to run a website with web hosting costs, email services, tools to make the website better, taxes, and more. Thank you to Texas Wine Lover’s advertisers to help us try to meet our expenses.
A lot has been learned over the years on what people are interested in on the website. A change to the website will be coming soon, and we are sure the current slogan of “The premier website for Texas wine news and information” will be even more true.
Thank you to everybody who has supported us through the years, and here’s to this next year to reach our 10th anniversary! Cheers!