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#MWWC11–Time To Vote!

It is that time again: Time to Vote for the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge! This month there are seventeen articles to read, and your task is to vote for your favorites. You can vote for up to three, and the blog that receives the most votes will be declared the winner and will have access to the MWWC yacht for an entire month!

If you are actually reading this, good for you. At this point you likely have realized that I just said there is a MWWC yacht. That is not true, there is no MWWC yacht–but if you visit in Philly, I will give you a ride in a Prius.

The winner will have the honor of selecting the theme for next month’s Challenge, however.

I think I won the internet this morning, scouring every corner for additional entries, but it is still possible that I missed one! If that is the case, please get in touch with me right away so I can get your post on the ballot! Also, let me know if any of the links are not working!

Is it Possible to Remain Friends in the Wine Industry?

the drunken cyclist

Although I have been doing this blog thing for about two and a half years, I have been “into“ wine for quite a bit longer. As a result, I have visited plenty of wine regions in this country and in Europe. One statement that has really stood out over all those visits is:

“What sets our region apart from other regions, is that we really have a sense of collaboration here. We are all friends and we realize that a ‘rising tide raises all ships’—when one of us succeeds, we all benefit. That is why we are always helping each other out.”

Here’s a little quiz: Where was I when I heard this comment?

A. Dry Creek Valley; B. Napa Valley; C. Paso Robles; D. Willamette Valley

The answer?

A., C., and D.

By and large, I have found that people who get into the wine business are a pretty friendly lot and…

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Wine and My So Called “Friends” #MWWC11


Wine Buying Problem?  Me?
Madeline at Wine Folly recently posted a fun quiz to determine whether I might have a wine (buying) problem.  Know what?  I got a perfect score! Oh wait, that might not be a good thing. Until a few years ago, wine buying wasn’t a problem.  We drank maybe 4 bottles a year. Then our next-door neighbors and good “friends” told us of their plan to own a vineyard and winery.

I Blame Our So Called “Friends”
Lynne and Perry had a long term dream of owning vineyard property and perhaps a winery; a retirement kind of dream.

Our next door neighbor and friend Lynne with my wife Julie Our next door neighbor and friend Lynne with my wife Julie

Somewhere along the way, Perry’s sister and her husband told Lynn and Perry if they were serious, she and her husband would be the winegrowers.  They would live at the vineyard, work the land and make the…

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MWWC #11: Walking a Mile with a Bottle of Wine *

The Armchair Sommelier

Sometimes, the simple act of showing up is what matters most of all.

LesMis_Wine-Of-Friendship_smThe night my grandfather died, I was a young (and brand new) Marine wife, living on Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base in coastal North Carolina.  My husband was deployed overseas, and I still didn’t know many people there.  If you’ve never lived on a military base, it’s a lot like living on another planet.  It’s one of the best planets the universe has to offer, but it takes some getting used to. And I was still in my fish out of water phase.

I don’t remember exactly what I was doing before the phone rang that night.  Probably having a showdown with a North Carolina palmetto bug — a giant, flying cockroach related to the pterodactyl.  Or trying to figure out a way to tell my husband during our next morale call that our German shepherd puppy ate his favorite comforter.  This was…

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Wine Pairing

The Epicurious Texan

For the record, when I saw the subject of this month’s wine writing challenge, FRIENDS, I thought “this is going to be sooo easy!”  Turns out, it was a lot harder than I thought.  Mainly due to it not turning into a Ph.D. dissertation. I did a lot of drinking and even more culling & without further adieu:


I love to visit wine stores.  When I am alone and not in a hurry, I love to visit wine stores.  Why? I am the person who likes to pour [pun intended!] over all the bottles in store, like they are my friends.  Each bottle or varietal or region reminds me of a time and place and I start to ponder when, how, and with whom I would open each bottle.

Because, of course, wine is something to be shared with friends.  I mean, sure you could drink a bottle by yourself, but nine times…

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Tempranillo Friends

From Vinho Verde to Barolo with Love

This is my entry for theMWWC#11The topic this month isFriend

I came to the class early to get a seat up front. Scheduled monthly, I like to take advantage of the wine classes that Total Wine offers, not so much for the grape and region information. Although I always learn something, generally, the information is pretty basic. Mainly, I go to the classes for the opportunity to taste through the wines.

As I sat down, a woman about my age sat next to me and introduced herself. We spoke a bit before the class began. She had just recently moved here from San Francisco. I offered my condolences and let her know that I, also had just moved here, er, gosh, has it been 13 years, already?! Our conversation continued easily and jovially for the few minutes before class began.

Then it was time to head to…

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Friends and Wine: The Perfect Pairing


This is my first entry into the Monthly Wine Writers Challenge. What is #MWWC11? It was developed by The Drunken Cyclist in an effort to encourage creativity in wine blogs. This month represents the 11th month of the challenge. The first month was won by The Armchair Sommelier. Each month’s winner selects the topic for the following month. Last month’s winner Dracaena Winery selected the topic “friends.” As soon as I read the topic I knew it was a topic I could embrace. After all, wine is always better with friends. To learn more about the #MWWC11 visit The Drunken Cyclist’s post on July 16. Furthermore, each of the three blogs mentioned are each blogs you should be following!

MWWCThe evening of July 16, coincidentally the same date The Drunken Cyclist posted the new #MWWC11 topic, I had a planned Ladies Night Out at my house with…

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#MWWC 11 – Friend


This is my second foray into the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (known as #MWWC to those who participate), which (rather unsurprisingly) is a monthly creative writing challenge to write a piece on a topic chosen by last month’s winner. Last month’s winner, Dracaena Wines, chose the theme “friend”, a somewhat challenging topic; so I decided to go for a spot of creative story and wrote a short story. So, are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin….

Through Wine and Friendship

John looked at his watch, he was late; he was always late. He reflected momentarily that it was a good thing that Walter knew him so well and would be expecting him to be late. He rang the door-bell in his customary manner, three short blasts. After a couple of seconds Walter came to the door and opened it briskly.

“You’re late. Luckily I thought you would be or else…

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