What a year it has been for the Travelling Corkscrew! We have tried so many new wines, visited a number of new wineries, held our own exclusive TC wine tour in the Swan Valley and yes we admit we have suffered from the wine flu just a couple of times throughout the year. I wanted to take this opportunity to look back at the highlights for the TC in 2015…
Over 300 Tasting Notes
I have played around with posting these on the blog, however I find it easier and more accessible for you guys to post to a Tasting Notes album on Facebook. Check it out below and keep an eye out for the 2016 version!
I also post the notes to Instagram, Twitter and the wine apps Vivino, Vinus and Delectable. According to my profile on Vivino I’m currently ranked 38th in Australia and I’m a sucker for Aussie Chardonnay, French Champagne and Aussie Shiraz – I can’t argue with that!
105 New Blog Posts
In 2015, there were 105 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 479 posts.
I admit I have definitely slacked off this month which is why I was shocked at finding out I’ve posted over 100 new posts this year! I am a bit of geek when it comes to stats seeing as I work in the SEO industry, so I wanted to share my top 5 most visited blog posts in 2015 with you all:
- How long does wine keep once opened? (You’ll be shocked!!)
- 10 Delicious Mulled Wine Recipes
- Dog-Friendly Swan Valley Wineries
- Why does white wine affect me more than red wine?
- The School of Wine – Wine Appreciation Courses in Perth
Over 76,000 Visits to the Blog
It’s always good to see more and more people finding the blog whether it’s through social media, Google or word of mouth. A huge thank-you to everyone who has visited the blog this year and who has shared an article or told someone about my lovely little wino hobby! Compared to 2014, the blog has experienced a 130% increase in visitors – wohooo!
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 76,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.The busiest day of the year was December 9th with 839 views. The most popular post that day was Cork & Bottle Old Perth Road – Bassendean.
Over 14k Grape-Tastic Followers On Social Media
I love how interactive social media is and I have had the pleasure of chatting with so many of you through it! Keep posting to the TC Facebook wall, tweeting, pinning and Instagramming with the TC in 2016!
Plus don’t forget to hashtag your wino pictures with #TCWeekdayWine
Over 57,000 Photo Likes on Instgram
I don’t even know where to start, there has been so many great wino highlights this year for the TC. Here are a few I have to mention:
- The début Travelling Corkscrew tour of the Swan Valley
- Being named number 10 in Perth’s Hottest 100 Food Blogs 2015
- Passing the edX World of Wine online course with a 96% grade
- Sipping on 2004 Cristal Champagne to celebrate my soon-to-be ‘Mrs Spittoon’ status
- Surviving a house build in Perth, all thanks to wine of course
- Spending time in WA’s fantastic wine regions; Great Southern, Margaret River, Perth Hills & the Swan Valley
- Being the eyes and ears for WA Wine Events with monthly posts on Vine Collective
- Over 750 images tagged with the #TCWeekdayWine hashtag on Instagram alone
And I just want to say a huge big thank-you to all the wineries and companies who have worked with the TC in 2015:
Vine Collective, Explore Tours Perth, CMS Events, Poppin Cork Events, Great Southern Wine Producers, Taste Great Southern, Celestine Retreat Naked Wines, Perth Champagne Club, Rockcliffe Wines, Tylers Vineyard, Upper Reach Winery, Riverbank Estate, Olive Farm Wines, Harris Organic Wines, Little Black Dog Wines, Jane Brook Estate, Castelli Estate, Oakover Ground, Evans & Tate, Gemtree Wines, Calabria Family Wines, Galafrey Wines, 3 Drops Wines, Duke’s Vineyard, Talisman Wines, Ferngrove & Killerby Wines, Myattsfield Vineyard, Red Wax Wines, Andevine Wines, Whicher Ridge Wines, Tarts Cafe & Cathrine Summers, Barton Jones Wines, Rosabrook Estate, Umamu, Tahbilk, Pinelli Estate, Marko’s Vineyard, Risky Business Wines, Warner Glen Estate, Mount Trio, Proud Pearls, Wearing Memories, Raising Riesling, Australian Women in Wine Awards, Optiwine, Steves Nedlands, Crust Pizza Bar Mt Lawley Good Food & Wine Show and the Swan Valley Winemakers Association.
Bring on 2016 and many more wine adventures in Western Australia and abroad. To see my Jetpack Annual Report click here.
On a final note, I would love your feedback..
What did you particularly enjoy on the blog this year?
What would you like to see more of in 2016?