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Monthly Challenge–The Results!

the drunken cyclist

As many of you know last month we started a monthly wine writing challenge. There have been numerous wine blog themes/challenges/brou-ha-has over time, but there did not seem to be many where the focus was on the writing itself. I could be wrong about that, and I am sure that someone will point it out if I am incorrect. Thanks in advance for letting me know.

I am rather confident that there is not currently any such challenge type scenario afloat, so I thought it was time to start such a regular “event”.

This first challenge was rather simple conceptually: write an article that has something to do with wine as well as with the theme “transportation”. Those were the only two real criteria and there were ten such posts submitted:

The Armchair Sommelier

The Drunken Cyclist

Duff’s Wines

The Food and Wine Hedonist

Food Wine Click




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Monthly Challenge: The Vote!

the drunken cyclist

I am getting ready to leave one of my favorite cities in the world: Bruges (Brugge), Belgium and I thought I should take a bit of time to close out the first phase of our monthly challenge. All the posts that have been submitted are below, we ended up with nine ten, which is not bad, I guess for the first go around.

As for the next step, here is what I propose: We vote on the best post. Why vote? Why not? It is not the competitive aspect of voting that I think is of benefit here (although if it encourages us to really be at our best when writing, I am all for it), but rather the judging aspect of voting. In other words, I think while reading the posts to determine which we think is the best, we also examine what we consider to be good writing…

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Monthly Challenge Update

the drunken cyclist

I am sitting in Paris, having made a rather arduous journey over the last 14 hours or so. I took one cab, one 6 hour flight and six different trains.

That is not an exaggeration.

Six trains.

The last train ended at the Gare du Nord in Paris. I was due to take another (seventh) train from there (the métro) but it is a lovely day in Paris and I decided to walk the last couple kilometers of the trip.20130629-161618.jpg

Before I go off and buy a bottle of wine to suck down while watching the Tour de France, I thought I should give an update on the monthly challenge. Thus far, the following have submitted a post for the challenge:

The Armchair Sommelier

The Drunken Cyclist

Duff’s Wines

Food Wine Click



The Winegetter

The Wine Raconteur

Twelve Dollar Taste Buds

While fivesix seven eight

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Wine Gadgets: Traveling With Wine


Few weeks ago, a fellow wine blogger Jeff, better known as The Drunken Cyclist in the wine blogging world, decided to challenge the wine bloggers to create blog posts relevant to the specific theme (this is a very popular trend among photography bloggers). The theme of the first challenge is Transportation. The post I’m about to present to you was supposed to the written in any case as part of the Wine Gadgets series, but it also very conveniently fits the theme of the challenge, so here we go.

A little intro: this is the fourth post in the Wine Gadgets series, where we are discussing different tools enhancing wine appreciation. In case you missed any of the prior posts, here are the links: Series Intro, Wine Pourers, Wine Preservers.

Can we use the words “wine” and “travel” interchangeably? Of course not, what kind of silly question…

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An Uneasy Flight

The Wine Raconteur

I am joining a group of assorted Wine Bloggers that have taken the challenge to write an article combining wine and transportation.  Our esteemed writer “The Drunken Cyclist” came up with this theme and just from the name of his Blog, the concept of transportation should come naturally.


My first thought was to piggy-back onto a discussion of the film “Bottle Shock,” but I thought this would be too easy and too expected.  Then I thought about the many road trips we made to the wine country in Northern Michigan and how I would manage to pack and repack the trunk of our vehicle to accommodate our and our friend’s wine purchases plus the entire luggage that a trip requires.  The more I thought about that, the more boring and prosaic a five hour road trip and lesson about maximum usage of packing sounded.

 Cain Five 1995

Then I thought about…

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Monthly Wine Challenge #1: Transportation

the winegetter

My fellow blogger The Drunken Cyclist has put up a nice challenge on his blog the other day. In it, he pretty much encourages us other bloggers to write a themed post to be published by the first week of July around the topic of “transportation”. And, naturally, the post has to be somewhat connected to wine…duh.

The first thing that popped to my mind was the Mosel valley. I have told you many times (and trust me, those who have met me in person suffer even more from that!) how, at times, insanely steep the vineyards at the Mosel can be. How steep, you ask? Well, the Mosel vineyard Bremmer Calmont, which Wikipedia names as one of the steepest vineyards in the world (yes, and that actually means the world and not just America because it is not the “World Series”…), has up to a 68 degrees incline (for…

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Transportation: Where Wine has Taken Me


Fellow blogger and virtual friend, Jeff at The Drunken Cyclist, has issued a challenge to blog about the topic of “Wine and Transportation” in any way we see fit.  I’d like to tell you how wine has been the vehicle to take me to several new places over the last three years.

What Do I Smell?
As we worked on understanding the basic characteristics of different grape varietals, we discovered the concept of tasting markers.  When doing a structured wine tasting, especially with friends, we find the “real item” to smell alongside the wine, allowing us to associate what we’re smelling in the wine with the real thing.

Once you start paying attention to your nose, you may discover a whole new world to explore.  I started to pay closer attention to foods, spices, herbs.  At a restaurant, I’ll try to tease out the herbs/spices used in the dish. …

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