Monthly Archives: February 2014

Totally Devoted to Beaujolais

We have another great entry into this month’s challenge (#MWWC7) from My Custard Pie.

You can check out her entry here:

Totally devoted to Beaujolais?

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

Devotion – The Blog Post I Can Not Write


MWWC_logoAs soon as I saw the new theme for the Monthly Wine Writing Competition #7, Devotion, my very first thought was “hmmmm, this will be hard, or more precisely, extremely hard”. The problem is that when I hear the word “devotion”, the immediate mental picture is of a giant cross at the very best, or no picture at all – but I can assure you it ain’t the picture of a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Ever since the theme was announced I was struggling to find the connection of “devotion” to the wine world. I’m sure the examples of the true devotion are abundant in the wine world. May be even more than in many other trades, the success requires a lot of sweat, blood and sacrifice. Not been a wine historian, but rather only a very appreciative and dedicated consumer, I don’t have those stories of sweat and blood…

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Monthly Wine Writing Challenge–Devotion

the drunken cyclist

The following is my entry into this month’s Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #7 (#MWWC7), hosted by last month’s winner, the SAHMmelier. Voting is slated to open tomorrow, so if you like my writing, be sure to head over there and vote!wine-stain1-3

Valentine’s Day.

And her husband was out of town.


They had only been together for four years, but he had managed to miss each Valentine’s Day. She was not sure why she was upset, but if once is an accident, twice is coincidence and three times is an enemy action, what is four times?

She got home early from work, changed, and quickly headed right back out. She was devoted to her husband, so once she left the neighborhood, she immediately felt guilty sneaking around on him: She was headed to her secret yearly rendezvous, one she would not, could not break this year.

She had…

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MWWC#7: Requiem for a Potholder

The Armchair Sommelier

Of all the ridiculous things to be sentimental about . . . I get all slushy and mawkish about my potholders.  Yes, potholders.  I’ve had (and used!) the same potholders for over two decades.
I received them as a wedding gift (or maybe they were a shower gift?) in 1992.  I haven’t the foggiest recollection who gave them to me.  But one might say I’m devoted* to them.

Now that you think I’ve got a screw loose (screws fall out all the time, the world’s an imperfect place), let me introduce you to my potholders:


You don’t have to tell me they’re ugly.  I know they’re ugly — ugly and awesome!  They’re mauve and wedgewood blue — it’s like setting the DeLorean for 1992 every time I take a casserole out of the oven.  And they’re still perfectly serviceable.  But my daughter says they’re embarrassing.  She’s begging me to get rid…

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True Devotion

Joy of Wine


As I was reading the one of the Drunken Cyclist’s posts, I too was reminded of how much my writing has changed sinced I started this whole blog adventure.  And while I don’t claim to be an incredible writer, it has certainly come a long way.  And I can tell you this:  I LOVE to write, and when you don’t get too bogged down on the details and wine jargon, it comes a little easier…at least for me.  Inspiration comes through the oddest thing sometimes, and when it hits, you gotta run with it! So…I’m jumping in with both feet to the Mystery Wine Writing Challenge (#MWWC7) , and with SAHMellier’s topic, I was hit with a giant burst of it, so onward with the writing!

The topic for this challenge is Devotion…hmm ONJ?  I work in a world of acronyms (my other job is at a bank :)) so I  just chuckled when…

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An Excerpt from my Novel

The Wandering Gourmand

Followers of my blog, friends, and family have been hearing about the novel I’m working on for years.  Draft two is only weeks away from being finalized.  My entry into February’s Monthly Wine Writing challenge is an excerpt.

You might be wondering, “What the hell does a fiction piece on the mafia have to do with either wine or devotion (this month’s word)?”  The answer is simple.  First, many-a-chapters were written over a glass bottle of wine.  Don’t judge.  Faulkner has his mint julep, Hemingway his mojito, Chandler his gimlet, and Fitzgerald his gin rickey.  I have my wine.  Second, Santos, our hero (and hit man), has reached a crossroads in his life and begins to question his loyalties, his devotions.  This isn’t the most action packed excerpt, but it is quite a pivotal scene.  And there’s even some romance for the month of February.

Lost in a Glass and a Novel Lost in a…

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