Monthly Archives: October 2016

Smiles for Miles!


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With a sheepish grin, I present my entry in the 28th Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #MWWC28. To my chagrin, my Napa neighbor, fancy drinking buddy and the reigning #MWWC27 champion, @travelwinechick, chose the theme “SMILE.” Feeling inspired, I was coaxed out of my hiatus to bring you this treatise. Too many smiles to share, far too many words to write. I apologize in advance for the mental whiplash you may endure from my litany of reasons to smile.

Contrary to popular belief, I am not a disciple of the Marie Antoinette school of Philosophy and Moral Consciousness. I do contemplate the ills of the world everyday, as I’m sure you all do. And when that tsunami of helplessness, guilt, fear, and anger washes over me, I often find myself shipwrecked on the island of despair…which happens to be near my fridge. But look! The plane, the plane, here comes wine to the rescue. Fridge opens, corks pop, glasses clink, salutations and smiles all around…even…

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Why Not Just Smile?

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This is my entry to this month’s Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (#MWWC28). True to form, I submit this right before the deadline, which is tonight at midnight.

I started this blog back in January, 2012 and since then my following has steadily grown. Perhaps as a result, I have been invited on a few press trips this year (Oregon, Mezzacorona [Italy], and Provence [France]). All three of the trips had several aspects in common: they were well run, I met a slew of great people, and they provided plenty of fodder for this blog (yes, there are stories coming—I promise!). Yet none of that really surprised me all that

There was, however, one commonality that did surprise the heck out of me. On each of the three trips, at least two of the other journalists approached me and asked (with very little deviation):

“Have all your press trips been…

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Smile – #MWWC28

Appetite for Wine

What’s the longest word in the English language? Smiles. There are only six letters, but there’s a “mile” between the first and the last!

Monthly Wine Writing Challenge

This is my entry for #MWWC28. As the winner of MWWC27, Beth, The Traveling Wine Chick earned the honor of selecting the next topic. She chose “Smile.”


The first thought that comes to my mind when I hear the word “smile” associated with wine is: “Of course. Wine makes me smile.” But that makes for a pretty short blog post. Instead, I’m going to step outside my comfort zone, and try a little creative writing.

Steve had it all. He was the high school football quarterback, homecoming king, and just to complete the cliché, he dated the head cheerleader. With straight A’s and a league football championship his senior year, he received a full-ride scholarship to the prestigious university of your choice. Steve was no…

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MWWC#28: Smile

The Wine Raconteur

“Gray skies are gonna clear up
Put on a happy face
Brush off the clouds and cheer up
Put on a happy face.”

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The play and movie “Bye, Bye Birdie” may be considered dated, but so am I when it comes to music, I guess. This is the twenty-eighth edition of the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge and Beth of Traveling Wine Chick was the last winner and her distinct honor was to come up with the theme of this entry which is “smile.”


Smile is a great theme, as I think all wine drinkers are happy and why not? They get to enjoy the nectar of the Gods and wine has been around for ages. I would venture to say that almost every article I have written about wines is merged with happy occasions and I tend to even smile as I relate the events. I can only think of…

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“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened” Dr.Seuss

I’ve got a list labelled ‘Rewards for Future Nick’, some slaps on the back in lieu for all good deeds done. Unfortunately, there is also a growing ‘Get Off Your Arse and Do’ list for Future Nick to accomplish. But for now, having just completed a month of yoga, which also entailed a month of healthy eating (read: a month off the booze), the GF and I are due some well earned rewards. Bonus, we find ourselves on the beach in Goa with a week of relaxation up our sleeves.

High, high up on the rewards list is an overdue re-tox. I’m dreaming of sparkling wine at sunset, Sula being the local Indian supplier, followed by a cleansing Goan Kings brewski or two, complemented with something fresh from the tandoori. They’ve actually got a rapidly growing wine industry in India…

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Trying To Smile Through This


Entry for MWWC #28: Smile

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Until about two weeks ago I’d drafted a completely different entry to this month’s Monthly Wine Writers’ Challenge. The topic is “smile”. I’d written some guff about press trips and how amazing it was we get to do them. I’d just arrived back from 3 days in the Douro and was high on life. I can’t believe how long ago that feels now.

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