Monthly Archives: June 2017

Once upon a time…

Wining with Mel

Ottawa river with sailboat

Once upon a time there was a valiant lady who won a great challenge. Her reward was to select the theme for the subsequent challenge, one that would allow the competitors an opportunity to momentarily set down the burden of their duties, have a cup of nectar and pick up a quill to pen their tales.

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Once Upon a Time #MWWC33

Appetite for Wine


Once upon a time, there was acharming prince who lived in an enchanted land. Yes, I know. Fairy tales are supposed to be about princesses. This is an equal opportunity story.

Monthly Wine Writing Challenge

Anyway, there was this charming prince, living in an enchanted land. When he was young, each day he would ride about the kingdom, enjoying the beauty and wonder around him. He and his friends were well known for their kindness, as well as their laughter. To be sure, the prince had hismischievousside, playing practical jokes on friends and strangers alike. Always harmless jokes, though. There’s no charm in being hurtful.

As the prince grew older, his roaming expanded and he began exploring and experiencing surrounding kingdoms. One day, he entered a neighboring land where the people were demure and quiet. The prince wondered what was wrong. As he inquired and spoke with the people of the land, he learned…

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Great Prosecco is not a Fairy Tale: Visiting Nino Franco

the drunken cyclist

Once upon a time I was not a fan of Prosecco, even today, despite my personal motto (“If it doesn’t sparkle, it doesn’t matter!”) I remain relatively reluctant to relish in its renown. I know that is not a popular sentiment as Prosecco has never been as trendy as it is today, with nearly every wine writer and sommelier extolling its virtues as if drinking it were some sort of religious experience.

For me, most of the Prosecco that reaches the US is either overly sweet, quite bitter, or some awful combination. No thanks. Yes, it is usually one third (or at least one half) the price of champagne, but those who claim that Prosecco is as good as champagne (and there are some kooks who claim it is better) are just aiming to be contrarian.

Well, that changed about a year ago when I had lunch in New York…

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MWWC #33 Once Upon A Time

The Epicurious Texan

This month’s wine writing challenge (#33 if you’re keeping track or ignored the title of this post) is Once Upon A Time, which was selected by last month’s winner Wining with Mel.

wine stain

To most people, Once upon a time probably makes them think of a plethora of Grimm fairy tales or perhaps a certain tv show, but not me.  Once upon a time makes me think of college.  This is because at the time I was living with my BFF and whenever she couldn’t sleep, I would hear her yelling from down the hall: I can’t sleep, tell me a story.

All of my stories (at least that I can remember–it has been few years ago!)–started with: Once upon a time in a land far, far away there was a beautiful princess named Christina.  If I were feeling loquacious, my stories would be rather long and involved, often based…

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