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Weinberg’s Wine Notes #260 – A Change Is In The Air

Thanks for five yearsIn early 2009 I created Unfiltered Unfined (UU) to continue my musings on wine and the wine lifestyle after the demise of the Rocky Mountain News, the newspaper where I got my start as a columnist. The ensuing five years have been an amazing, crazy, magnificent ride as I’ve traveled the beverage world and contributed to a long list of publications including Sommelier Journal, The World of Fine Wine, Tasting Panel Magazine, Worth Magazine, the Colorado Statesman, and many others.  But my writing career, which now includes other aspects of lifestyle such as food, cigars, and travel, started with The Rocky and then UU (which is about to cross the 10,000 subscriber threshold).

I intend to remain a wine scribe.  But I’ve also recently built Wine On The Road (WOTR),, a consumer-based, beverage-focused travel company, to capitalize on my relationships with so many of the true giants of this part of the business world.

Extraordinary experiences in wine countryIt is now time to tweak my business model.  I will not abandon my beloved general interest wine blogs on UU but will be slowing down the frequency of publication so that they come out only when I have something significant to say. I will also be publishing, in a more regular fashion, beverage-focused travel articles on the WOTR website that will highlight my tours and other special events. While I’m on the road I will also employ Twitter (@WineOnTheRoad), a WOTR Facebook fan page (, and additional avenues to keep my audience engaged in ways that simply weren’t possible before the advent of business-centric social media.

You will continue to hear from me on a regular basis but don’t be surprised if that contact occurs via multiple social media channels including UU, WOTR, Twitter, Facebook, a series of ebooks to be announced soon, and other methodologies as they prove relevant and accessible.  As always, if you have any questions, comments, or if you just want to chat, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email (, Twitter, Facebook, and my cell (+1 303 522-6738).

Taking it all inThanks again for your support over the past five years. I look forward to all of the exciting possibilities for increased affinity and contact that will be raised by my journeys and tour offerings over the next five years and beyond.  Don’t forget to sign up for my Twitter feed and to “Like” my Facebook fan page so that you can stay abreast of my travels, which did in fact start up again on Tuesday, May 28, in the form of a five-week journey through the wine areas of Chianti Classico in Tuscany, Italy, and the Burgenland in Austria, as well as the beer- and spirits-focused hotbeds of the United Kingdom (Ireland, Scotland and England on this trip).  I’m calling it “Eurotour 2013.”

Stay tuned.



Wine On The RoadWith Wine On The Road (, my wine-focused touring company, you can enjoy the ultimate wine country excursion with special access to top winemakers and their incomparable wines.  Wine On The Road offers intimate wine country tours that combine award-winning wines and exquisite dining and lodging with uniquely local flair and flavor.  We lodge at excellent and luxurious wine country estates (in our fall 2011 tour of Piedmont, Italy, we occupied an ancient castle that had been completely restored and upgraded with all of the modern amenities).  We eat at authentic local restaurants and visit wineries that embody the best expressions of local wine.

Planned excursions include Italy’s Piedmont during the annual white truffle festival early this November (currently available at, and a visit to Mendoza and Buenos Aires, Argentina, scheduled for mid-March, 2014 (  You can also book private groups in wine country world-wide and request more information on any of these tours by emailing me at

2 comments to Weinberg’s Wine Notes #260 – A Change Is In The Air

  • Paul Skizinski

    Ben, I wish you success as your career opens a new chapter. I’ve been reading your columns starting way back when you wrote for the Rocky Mountain News, and continuing with Unfiltered, Unfined. Thanks for the links to information about Colorado Wine Week, culminating in the Colorado Urban Winefest. My wife Jo & I will be there on Saturday, June 8th as the guests of our son & daughter-in-law, as part of our Christmas gift from them. I was hoping to read in your latest issue whether you will be attending that gala event, which would provide me with the opportunity to finally meet you face-to-face, after the several times we have communicated by email and through comments on your blog.

  • Hi Paul:

    Thanks for the kind words. I may have overstated the change – I will still be writing columns and recommending wines but I will be spending a higher proportion of my time on WOTR than on UU in the future, especially in terms of travel-related topics.

    As for the Colorado Wine Week, have a great time. It should be a big event this year and I’m sorry I’m missing it and not meeting you. However, my consolation is that I’ll be in Austria and Ireland during that week so things aren’t all bad!

    Enjoy the great CO weather, drink some CO wine and please let me know how your experience went. Thanks again and stay in touch!

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