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When I Reach the Finish Line

the drunken cyclist

Gary Temple--one of the kindest souls I have ever met. Gary Temple–one of the kindest souls I have ever met.

Those of you who read every word of my blog (I am not sure if that person exists, but regardless…), know that I went back “home” this weekend for the memorial service of a very dear friend of mine. His name was Gary Temple, and I first met him when I was in his sixth grade classroom.

He started out as my teacher, then a father-figure, and eventually a dear friend. He died a few weeks ago and shortly afterwards I was asked if I wanted to speak at the memorial service. I do not know if there is anyone that ever wants to speak at a funeral, after all it means that the subject of the talk is no longer alive, but for me, I felt like I needed to speak.

I guess a part of me felt guilty…

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MWWC # 16: Finish

The Wine Raconteur

It is hard to believe that this is the Sixteenth Wine Writers Challenge, which is a way to shake us Wine Bloggers from our ennui and make us think and write about something in a different way. “JVB Uncorked” won the last challenge and his prize was to pick out the new theme; and the theme is “Finish.”

wine-stain Monthly Wine Challenge

I have been putting off writing this exercise, because unlike most of the community of wine writers, I do not tend to write about how a wine tastes, the nose (or the aroma) of a wine unless it is very striking. And I very seldom write about the finish of the wine. While I may wax poetic about wines, it is about the setting to me that makes the wine memorable, yes there have been some exceptions, but I try not to belabor the descriptors. I feel silly writing about “wet leather,”…

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Finish Versus The World


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The Finish… or just the Start?

Confessions of a Wine Geek

It has been too many months since I last submitted an entry for the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge, however when last month’s winner, Jim of jvbuncorked, chose “Finish” as this month’s theme there was no hesitation. I’m not usually one for the dramatic but this month’s topic was the perfect opportunity for me to write my last post on This also makes me feel like a fraud; although this post will mark the finish of this blog, which I have loved writing for the past two and a half years, more importantly it marks the start of a new venture as myself and The Fish get closer to opening The Grape Escape Wine Bar & Merchant in Cheltenham. What it has prompted is the opportunity to pause and look back at how we got to this place, a journey that started a long time ago… I have been…

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