Monthly Archives: January 2014

Chills in the Hills of Chianti-(#MWWC6)Mystery

SAHMmelier

wine-stain1-3This post is part of the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (#MWWC6).  You can enter by 1/13/14 or enjoy the entries by visiting the Drunken Cyclist.  The theme this month is “Mystery” so I thought I’d share the story of our stay in a small town in Chianti.  The pieces can be Fiction or Non-fiction.  Which is this?  You decide.  If you like what you’ve read, please vote.

Beyond the walled city of Siena, high on the hills of Chianti, lies a villa with a colorful past.  Lilac framed walls welcome you to the olive groves and pine-lined paths.  In the distance, the towers of San Gimignano loom and breathe in the setting sun.  Built by hand from the local Pietra Serena in the early part of the nineteenth century, each stone holds a story, and some are shared.

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In the spring of 2007, my husband and I headed to Rome, loaded with backpacks and visions of vino.  We…

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Savored…Mystery of Blind Tastings

We have another great entry into this month’s challenge from Asueba.com

You can check out her entry here:

Savored…Mystery of Blind Tastings

http://asueba.com/savored-mystery-of-blind-tastings/

Remember the deadline for this month’s challenge is Monday!

MWWC#6 – Two Wines, Three Mysteries

Flora's Table

MWWC-logoRight before the winter holidays, creative fellow wine blogger Jeff (AKA The Drunken Cyclist) launched a fun initiative: a wine-based Secret Santa that he aptly renamed Secret Alcoholic. Basically, Jeff’s wife kindly took care of pairing each participant with a buddy Secret Alcoholic to whom one or two surprise bottles of wine could be shipped.

This, coupled with another recent brainchild of Jeff’s, a monthly theme-based wine writing challenge, gave me the opportunity to (so to speak) “break two wine glasses with one stone”: this post will be my first entry to wine writing challenge #6 (theme: Mystery) but will also serve the purpose of acknowledging my Secret Santa and sharing my tasting notes of the wines that I received.

Let’s cut to the chase without further ado: I mentioned in the title that there would be three mysteries to be solved – these are:

1. Who was my…

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MWWC#6: The Mystery of the Bark Bottle*

The Armchair Sommelier

DSC_0998[Read in Robert Stack’s voice]  For every mystery there is someone, somewhere, who knows the truth. Perhaps . . . that someone is you!

Have you ever seen a wine bottle like this before?  If so, you’re already ahead of me.

A few months ago, a friend of mine sent me this unusual wine bottle.  She thought it was something an Armchair Sommelier would enjoy having in her collection.  And I absolutely do, but I cannot figure out its provenance.  This little bottle is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a cork tree.

My friend received the bottle as a gift from her mother-in-law, who picked it up on a trip to South America (Peru maybe?).  The bottle is covered in tree bark, with a swath of cork on its neck.  My friend’s MIL told her the bottle was designed to keep wine at a consistent temperature.

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