I’m thinking of changing the name of my blog. No less an authority than Jancis Robinson (for it is she) thought that it sounded ‘rather unappetising.’ Evines, a online merchant, said that it ‘sounds dangerously like a smash up of binge drinking youths.’ I was hurt. I said to my wife ‘but you like the name don’t you?” Turns out she hates it, she thinks it sounds louche.’ ‘But I am louche’ I replied. ‘Isn’t that why you married me?’ ‘No, I married you for your dancing’ she retorted.
There is actually a very good reason why my blog is named as it is. A couple of years ago I wrote a book proposal called ‘Empire of Booze.’ Ever the publicist, I started the blog to increase my online presence and gave it a name that would bring readers back to the book. It’s called putting the cart before the horse. The book never happened. No one wanted to take a gamble on me (incidentally if any enterprising publisher is reading this intrigued, you can contact my agent, Raymond Duck.)
So my blog is lumbered with a name no one likes based on a stillborn book. It’s time for a change. Here’s my shortlist for a new name:
1) The Impecunious Amateur (this is the subtitle for the blog and Jancis Robinson thought it much more appealing.)
2) The Wine Bore (I like this name though every wine blog has the word wine in the title: the wine explorer, the wine sleuth, the wine shepherd, world of wine, wines of the world etc. etc.)
3) errr that’s it.
I’m therefore inviting readers to come up with a name for my blog. The winner* receives a bottle of Kurucver 2007 – a lovely Hungarian red (by the way, I still have a couple of cases left if anyone wants to buy. I give you good price.) Entries below or you can email or contact me on twitter @henrygjeffreys
*I can only send the wine to mainland Britain.