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Transportation – The Theme

Duff's Wines

streetcarA fellow blogger, The Drunken Cyclist, threw down a challenge by way of a theme for the rest of the wine bloggers out there. We are to write a post (1100 words or less) based on a theme. This month, the theme is ‘transportation’. There have been some great imaginative and well-penned posts already by bloggers I follow. You can see the others by clicking through on the links below. 

First, let me say that I feel a bit like Ralphie and his theme in The Christmas Story. It’s harder than I thought it would be. It has been awhile since I had the restrictions of theme. I usually just sip wine and type. So here goes with my theme. It’s about transporting wine cross-border.

Theme: Transportation by Duffswines

A few years ago, Arlene and I traveled to San Francisco to ________________and _____________­­­­­­fill in the blanks with what…

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Wine Challenge: Transportation

the drunken cyclist

Many times on this site I have stated that wine is “just a beverage” and objectively, that is certainly true. Wine can be so much more than that as well, however, since unlike most other products that we consume on a daily basis, wine also represents both a time and a place. In a way, wine can serve as a mode of transportation–taking you to a particular region, a particular time, or in some cases, both. Every time I open a bottle of wine, I like to think about the region, the winery, or the vintage and what one or all have meant to me.

A couple of weeks ago I popped a bottle of 2005 Hugel et Fils Pinot Gris Tradition. It was not a particularly memorable or special bottle, but it did transport me back to my junior year in college, which I spent in Strasbourg, France. I briefly…

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The Wine That Moved Me

The Armchair Sommelier

Earlier this month, The Drunken Cyclist issued a writing challenge to fellow vino bloggers.
I love the idea, and the challenge.  The inaugural theme/challenge is Transportation.  The rules say I get to interpret that theme any way I want . . . as long as it involves wine.  So stand by for interpretation.

This is a bottle of 1970 Chateau Mouton Rothschild.  It lived in my parents’ wine cellar for 20 years.  Before that, it lived in Bavaria — in Opa’s (my husband’s grandfather) basement cellar.  Opa gave it to my parents on one of our trips to Germany.  How it arrived in Opa’s cellar is a mystery . . . provenance unknown.

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And so this beautiful bottle of history sat, in my parents’ wine cellar, waiting for an occasion special enough to open it.  Births, deaths and anniversaries passed, and the bottle remained unopened.   And then, last summer…

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Monthly Wine Challenge #1—Transportation

The very first Monthly Wine Writing Challenge!

the drunken cyclist

A few weeks ago I ranted that unlike other blogging communities, there does not seem to exist for wine bloggers a regular unifying event in which to participate. For example, the photo blogs have a weekly challenge, as do some of the writing blogs. I have been particulary impressed with some of these challenges, which allow the participants to exhibit their creativity and expand their own abilities.

That might sound like a bunch of crap, but I really believe it (I also believe in “responsible government”, the golden rule, and the tooth fairy).

Now I know that there have been attempts in the past to have weekly or even monthly “events” for wine bloggers and for whatever reason(s) those seemed to fizzle out. Perhaps this effort will as well. Perhaps I will be the only one participating, but as I used to tell my basketball teams: “100% of the shots…

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