Monthly Archives: January 2016

Even A Bad Wine Deserves a Second Chance – #MWWC22

Duff's Wines

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There is a strangely masochistic exercise that wine bloggers participate in each month – the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge. It’s a hotly contested fight between bloggers for bragging rights, a bump in site visits, the right to show an image on their site that they are a winner (if I could figure out how to put that on my site, I would – ’cause I’m a winner, baby), and an excuse to open something really, really nice to celebrate victory. Oh, there are a lot of losers and the losers do not, as is de rigueur these days, get a medal for just participating. The winner gets to choose the theme for the following month. Last month’s ‘challenge’ was won by Jill of L’Occasion and she chose “Second Chance” as a theme.

Now, I haven’t been entering an effort into these challenges lately. Not sure why………OK I do know why…

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Does the Wine Deserves Second Chance?

Talk-A-Vino

MWWC_logoThis post is an entry for the 22nd Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (#MWWC22), with the theme of “Second Chance”. Previous themes in the order of appearance were: Transportation, Trouble, Possession, Oops, Feast, Mystery, Devotion, Luck, Fear, Value, Friend, Local, Serendipity, Tradition, Success, Finish, Epiphany, Crisis, Choice, Variety, Pairing.

Let me describe to you I’m sure a very familiar situation: the bottle of wine is opened, wine is poured in a glass, you take a sip and … you don’t like it. Too sweet, too acidic, too sharp, too tannic, too “biting” – it is not always that you follow a sip with “wow” or “ahh”. What do you do next? Of course I understand that this question doesn’t have a single answer, as everything depends on the context. And as a side note, it is also implied that the wine is not spoiled – not corked, not cooked, not oxidized…

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Second Chances at Ehlers Estate

Elizabeth Smith

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I’ve been struggling with this topic ever since it was announced, which is why I have waited until now to attempt to write about it. It is challenging to narrow down the phrase second chance to a single focus. A second chance can happen every day, in every moment that one chooses to change direction or be someone or something different.

In #MWWC18, I wrote about my crisis, which turned out to be a second chance. I was a community college professor living in Virginia who, after the end of a 24-year teaching career, moved to Napa, California to begin again in the wine business.

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After a few months of living and working here, I realized that my career was not what I wanted. While I will always be appreciative of the opportunity and open door that allowed me to follow this path…

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Try The Wine…Again.

The Epicurious Texan

This month’s wine writing challenge is SecondChances. It was selected by last month’s MWWC winner, Jill from L’occasion. And I must confess that it was a bit hard to focus on second chances when all I can think of when I see second is:

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But then I remind myself that the best breakfasts always include some sort of festive libation, which loops me back around to wine…and second chances. And when I think about wine and second chances, threethings come to mind.

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The first thing I think of in regards to second chances with wine is a reminder I like to impart to new wine drinkers: keep drinking and trying wine outside of one’s preferred palate and don’t forget to revisit these wines from time to time to see if and how one’s palate has changed…a second chance, if you will. 😉 As their…

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MWWC #22: Second Chance

The Wine Raconteur

“Love is lovelier the second time around.”

It must be the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge, as I tend to always start the article off with something pithy and hopefully germane. This Twenty-second challenge’s theme has been proffered by Jill of L’Occasion and it is “Second Chance.” These challenges at least for me make me stop and ponder the direction that I should take. Some of the challenges have been harder to start, than others, but that is the joy of these challenges. “Second Chance” can be very romantic, as for my Bride and I, or it can take on another meaning.

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The grapes, the bountiful fruit that eventually because this “nectar of the Gods” that we all write about, are not all equal. Some of the great wineries are by nature very selective about their grapes and especially about the end product. We know what happens to the first selection…

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