Readers, this almost slipped by me.

I made the first post on a year ago Sunday, on Dec. 3, 2006, to be exact. A year later — 123 posts, 901 comments and 177,740 visitors to the blog — I’m having lots of fun and I hope you are too. My goal is to keep doing exactly what I’m doing: writing about wines we tried and meals we ate and casting a cold and critical eye on the sometimes sane and often ludicrous processes, language and marketing that gets wine to our tables.

I hope you’ll stay with me and be informed, provoked and amused for another year — and inspired to respond to these posts.