Lesley and Darren Barkett of Mountain Spirit Winery in Salida, Colorado wrote a nice note to let me know about their winery Web site and new winery blog. Sadly, I'm not above being flattered:
Thanks for all you do to promote our wine industry. I was hoping you would add our new blog to your list of winery blogs. www.mountainspiritwinery.com/blog.html is the address. We're trying to generate a little interest by posting a coupon code on a posting that offers discounts off our wine. Thanks again for your help. You have been a great resource for us.
It's always nice to hear that people appreciate The Winery Web Site Report blog. The Mountain Spirit Winery blog is brand-new (only a few posts), but I like what I see. First thing, of course, they need to add a link to the blog from their home page (maybe right up there at the top next to the 800-MS-WINES number).
I hope that Darren, Lesley, Mike, and Terri will follow through with pictures. The one picture of their press was broken when I looked at it (the link generates a 403 "Forbidden" error). It's always good practice to look at your Web site and blog using someone else's computer -- the one down at the library, or your neighbor's -- just to see what the rest of the world sees when they visit.
And apropos of a new winery blog, here are 21 Surefire Tips for a Successful Blog Launch.
(As always, we've added the Mountain Spirit Winery blog to our comprehensive list of winery blogs, bringing the total to 33.)