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Bubbles Abound

Winona the Wineosaur

I feel like I have slacked off slightly the past few weeks on my blog posts. I must say that this venture has been a bit more difficult than this Dino really imagined. With that said, I have been finding time to read through other blogs and stumbled upon a Monthly Wine Writing Challenge that really caught my attention. Each month there is a different theme that is chosen by the previous months winner. This month’s #MWWC27 theme is “Bubbles” and was set by JVB Uncorked. I wasn’t planning on attempting one of these challenges just yet considering I am really new to the blogging world, but how can I pass up the chance after spending some time visiting the land of bubbles just last weekend? So here I am, giving it the old college try!


Camping is not particularly my cup of tea. If I wanted to sleep…

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Spotlight on Benjamin Bridge, Nova Scotia

Wining with Mel

Though you maybe can’t tell from the title, this is Part 2 of a two-part series on Wining in Nova Scotia. Be sure to read Part 1!

Our first wine-tasting stop in the Annapolis Valley was at a winery that accepts visitors by appointment only and is not even visible from the road. Detailed instructions are necessary since it is totally unmarked. Armed with Google Maps and the directions I received from the winery by email, we still managed to get a bit lost.

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#MWWC26–Time to Vote!

Solitude: In Quest for Unattainable?


Solitude. An interesting word, isn’t it? Is it something good or is it something bad? Let’s see what the dictionaries think of solitude:

definitions of solitude

If we think of solitude as a feeling of isolation, this clearly doesn’t sound good. We, humans, are social creatures. We want to connect, communicate, love, laugh, interact. Feeling isolated is really opposite to feeling connected and engaged, so let’s leave it as that – feeling isolated is not what we want, so this is not the solitude we want to talk about.

Rock cairnLet’s then talk about solitude as the “state in which you are alone usually because you want to be“. Every once in a while, our connected sensors become overloaded. Too many things to do, too many tasks to finish. The new things which must be done arrive without any regard to the things which we are still doing. We are…

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“Now, I Am Alone.” Puffeney Arbois Vin Jaune ’08

jvb uncorked

Writers create in a bubble (no, not bubbly. Sorry Jeff!) Sure, those bubbles may differ. Some work in quiet, others with blasting music in their ears, but all require some level of solitude.

So I found it funny, in a sort of ‘funny wistful’, and not ‘funny ha-ha’ fashion, that this month’s #MWWC26 theme is Solitude, as it shifts from many of the common themes The Monthly Wine Writing Challenge has had to point towards a very real truth. We have a great deal of solitude. We are born alone, we die alone. We may drink together, but we taste only what we taste, and then we can discuss that with others around a table. Or we can type those notes into a tablet, phone, or other I-thingy and share them with a greater audience. I think The Traveling Wine Chick Beth’s subconscious realizes exactly how lonely the road…

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Delta Optimist: Where’s the time for solitude and wine?

We have another great entry into this month’s Challenge (#MWWC26) from the Delta Optimist, a first time entrant to the Challenge!

You can check out the post here:

Delta Optimist: Where’s the time for solitude and wine?


Thanks for another great post!

A Tribute to Solitude – and Viognier (#MWWC26)

The Swirling Dervish


This post is my contribution to the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (#MWWC26), a chance for us wine writers to remember that, although we are driven by our passion for wine, we actually quite enjoy the writing aspect, too.  Each month we tackle a different theme; this month it’s Solitude.  So here goes . . . .

Let me begin by stating for the record that solitude is my preferred condition.  While I’d say that I’m still a few ticks shy of qualifying as a full-fledged misanthrope, I definitely seek out the quiet spaces in our increasingly busy and noisy world.  Unfortunately those peaceful oases come along rather less often than I’d like, what with the demands of a hectic work schedule, a busy household, and maintaining friendships with the small circle of indulgent saints who will endure me.  But that’s what makes them so precious – they…

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