Monthly Archives: December 2013

Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #6 (#MWWC6)—Mystery

the drunken cyclist

The posts are slowly coming in for the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (#MWWC6) and I just wanted to throw out a friendly reminder that the deadline to submit your entry is fast approaching! Thus far, I know of two entries (both of which have been reblogged on mwwcblog.wordpress.com). I have also heard from many of you (you know who you are) that you will be entering this month, but as of yet, well, bupkis.

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Entries thus far:

One Edible Quest

Wine Ramblings

Once again, here are the rules and relevant dates:

The rules

  1. Write a post based on this month’s theme: “Mystery”. It can be fiction, non-fiction, wine reviews, diary entries, poems, heck it could even be a transcription of a “butt-call” that you received from your spouse as long as it has something to do with wine and incorporates the theme in some way.
  2. The post should be…

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Clos(e) encounters of the Vougeot kind (#MWWC6)

Confessions of a Wine Geek

This month’s wine writing challenge, Mystery, was set by The Drunken Cyclist after his post won the November edition of the challenge (see his Feast post here).

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When I think about mystery and fine wine, there is one area that immediately springs to mind. Like so many other wine nuts, to me the Cote d’Or in Burgundy is the summit of red wine production. The area possesses a mystique, majesty and magic that exist nowhere else in the wine world; the patchwork layout of the magnificent vineyards is unlike anywhere else, with it’s tiny appellations which are co-owned and co-worked by a multitude of talented (and sometimes not so talented) individuals.

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The pinnacles of this great region are the Grands Cru vineyards; around 500 hectares of planted land, contributing only 1.2% of the region’s total output. For centuries these vineyards have been deemed to be the best land…

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I’m Sam Spade, and so are you

Wine Ramblings

Every month there is a Wine writing challenge among bloggers, it was launched by The Armchair Sommelier and the last winner was The Drunken Cyclist. The last winner picks the theme and so, for this 6th edition of the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge, the theme is… Mystery (cue the spooky sound effect). Here is my entry for the MWWC6, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it !

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The year was 1947, the city, Los Angeles. Across the glass panel of a PI’s office door, the silhouette of a woman appears. The scene is black and white, volutes of smoke rise from what is supposedly the PI’s cigarette. Soon, the woman will open the door and you already know she’ll be a seductive, mysterious and dangerous vixen. Why do you know? Because that’s what the codes of mystery novels and film noir have ingrained…

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Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #6 (#MWWC6)—Mystery

the drunken cyclist

Last week, as winner of the last Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (#MWWC5) I selected the theme for this month’s challenge (#MWWC6): Mystery.

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Last go around, there were eight submissions, which is great, but we would certainly like to see that grow. Several talented writers have remained on the sidelines for far too long and need to get back in the game. I thought about naming them in the hope of shaming them into writing, but that is not my style (actually, that is exactly my style but I will wait until next week to do so).Mystery

Here are the rules and relevant dates:

The rules

  1. Write a post based on this month’s theme: “Mystery”. It can be fiction, non-fiction, wine reviews, diary entries, poems, heck it could even be a transcription of a “butt-call” that you received from your spouse as long as it has something to do with wine…

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Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #6 (#MWWC6)

the drunken cyclist

Over the weekend, I found out that I was fortunate enough to win the latest Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (#MWWC5) that was hosted by Confessions of a Wine Geek. A few of us started the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge this past summer with the desire to promote more creative wine writing. The thought was that we get caught up in tasting notes, winery visits, and the occasional food porn and we soon forget that part of the reason we put in all the hours that we do on these silly blogs is that we love to write!wine-stain1-3Part of the Challenge is that the previous month’s winner gets to chose the topic for the following month. After considerable internal debate, and at least three heated conversations with my wife (OK, there was only one such conversation, and it was in no way heated–we were drinking a very low alcohol…

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#MWWC5 – The voting is open!

Confessions of a Wine Geek

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The theme was FEAST, the entries for the November Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (#MWWC5) are in… and the voting is open!

You have until the end of Friday 29th November to vote for your 3 favourite postsand the winner will be announced on Saturday 30th. Enjoy the 8 articles and spread the #MWWC word!

LINKS TO THIS MONTH’S ENTRIES:

The Wine Kat (@thewinekat) Mac Datho’s Pig

BY Wine (@BYWineUk) Shoes or Wine?

Wayward Wine (@waywardwine) A foodless wine feast of Penfolds

binNotes (@binNotes) Feast

The Armchair Sommelier (@armchairsomm) Lutefisk The ghost of Christmas past

The Drunken Cyclist (@masi3v) Feast

Sybaricious (@sybaricious)Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road

Confessions of a Wine Geek (@winegeekconfess) The day Ave & Al tried to kill us (just for fun!)

Now get voting!

Voting has now closed

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The day Ave & Al tried to kill us! (#MWWC5)

Confessions of a Wine Geek

I chose FEAST as the theme for the November Monthly Wine Writing Challenge… My post won’t be included in the voting but I wanted to share this perilous tale with you…

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I am very excited. I am also very scared.

November has struck and the Christmas countdown has begun. The weekends between now and Xmas are full and I’m looking forward to the various seasonal feasts and get-togethers; catching up with friends and family, eating great food and drinking magical wine. In fact, the diary filled up so quickly that one of the celebrations will have to wait until January. It’s actually a blessing in disguise; January is largely dreadful so having a post-Xmas lunch with friends should be the silver lining to a cloudy month, especially when that lunch is at the River Café, my favourite restaurant in London. So why the trepidation? Two reasons: Ave and Al.

Ave…

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