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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

Oenophilogical

Talk-a-Vino

The…

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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

Oenophilogical

Talk-a-Vino

The Winegetter

The Wine Raconteur

Twelve Dollar Taste Buds

While fivesix seven eight

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Wine Gadgets: Traveling With Wine

Talk-A-Vino

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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Biking through Niagara Wine Country

The Food and Wine Hedonist

The Drunken Cyclist came up with the grand idea of a monthly challenge where wine bloggers can participate by writing about wine and a specific theme.  For the inaugural month, the challenge was to write about “transportation” and so far the participants are –

The Armchair Sommelier

Duff’s Wines

Oenophilogical

Talk-a-Vino

The Winegetter

Twelve Dollar Taste Buds

wine blogs

For his post on the theme – The Drunken Cyclist himself wrote about how wine itself transported him back to time spent as an exchange student in Alsace.  There are some rather hilarious tales of the host families, especially getting punched in the groin by a  miniscule 14-year old.  As the 23 years of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” proves, nothing beats a groin injury for a good laugh.

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I was a little shocked that he didn’t mention anything about cycling.  But, then again, I rarely write about wine and…

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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.

 Rubicon

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.

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Then I thought about…

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