Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Humble Wine Snob: What is Wine if Not For Pleasure?

We have our first entry into this month’s Challenge (#MWWC24) from The Humble Wine Snob!

You can check out the post here:

The Humble Wine Snob: What is Wine if Not For Pleasure?

Thanks for another great post!


#MWWC23–Time to Vote!

Wineist: Drink Something New!

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I’m no stranger to the wine mini-bottle approach, having written about The Tasting Room “A New Model for Tasting: The Mini Bottle” so when Wineist asked me if I’d like to try their model, of course I was interested.

The Wineist concept is that a consumer buys (or is gifted ) monthly (either single, six or 12 month) subscriptions which arrive as a box containing six different mini bottles of wine. The package is compact, cheerful and straightforward, designed for simplicity and cost-effectiveness while providing both an attractive and safe-to-ship packaging. I noticed immediately the use of cute subheadings: “Small in size, big in wines.” Upon opening the box, just below the wines is printed: “Start your wine journey”. As an oenophile, already I found this experience fun, exploratory, and exciting. Were I a neophyte to the wine world, it would be even more so. 

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The samples are airline-sized 50ml…

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What’s New?


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Well, well, well. Look at what the cellar rat drug in. Moi. I’m obviously a bit sheepish as I have not participated in the #MWWC23 in some time. I have been lax if not guilty of abandonment of my blog. I can barely tweet a #FF or a #WW without pulling a muscle. I wish I had a better excuse but I don’t. Nothing is new. I haven’t found any great cheap wine buys, quite the contrary. I’ve been splurging like a drunken “you know what” setting sail on ship to ruin. Can’t take it with you, so you might as well drink it now.

My big idea to meet the requirement of the theme “new” came to me as I was reaching deep to compete. I decided to write about all the “new “posts I didn’t write. Thus, before you is a laconic anthology of all the posts you missed because I didn’t write for the past 4 months…

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MWWC #23 New Favorites

The Epicurious Texan

It’s that time of the month again: The Monthly Wine Writing Challenge. This month’s theme–as chosen by as month’s winner, Chad of (Un)Common Grape–is NEW. Of course, I’m getting this in just under the deadline–there’s certainly nothing new about that!

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In light of that new theme, I thought I would write about the one of the scariest things in the world of wine: buying a new* bottle of wine.

*by new, I don’t mean replacing your favorite bottles of wine that you repeatedly drink with the same stuff, I mean a new-never-been-tasted-but-you’re-hoping-and -praying-all-the-way-from-the-store-to-the-glass-that-this-is-going-to-be-worth-it new.

While working at a wine bar/tasting room, I was quite adventurous with wine. With reckless abandon I would try new wines and would be open to randomly picking out something I’d never tasted before and running with it. Of course, it helped that I got a discount and had some amazing wine reps…

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Legends in the Hidden Tasting Room: 4 *NEW* Winemaking Secrets to Share with your Consumers

Wine & Grapes U.

By: Denise M. Gardner

Today, I have decided to write a post related to the “Monthly Wine Writing Challenge” (MWWC) competition (#MWWC23), to address the current theme, “New.”  The idea is to write a piece related to wine that expresses the current theme.  After the closing date, YOU can go and vote (March 8 – 14, 2016) on the winning pieces associated with the MWWC.  You can find all the rules and ways to vote via “the drunken cyclist” blog site, by clicking here.

It’s no secret anymore that sulfur dioxide (sulfites) are in every wine, and sniffing a cork at a restaurant may not be socially acceptable (or required).  But what don’t many consumers know about wine production?  So here is my attempt to write something wine production related that could also be of interest to wine consumers, enthusiasts, and tasters: New winemaking “secrets” revealed… and why we…

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