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Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #2: The envelope, please . . .

The Armchair Sommelier

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Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #2 is officially in the history books!  We had a lot of strong entries this month — I had a great time reading them all as they trickled in.  Thanks to everyone who took the time and trouble to write . . . and VOTE!  We had 12 entries, and nearly triple that amount of votes, which I find really encouraging.  But you’re not here for statistics on voter turnout, you want to know who won. So I’ll get to it.

And the winner is . . .

My Custard Pie

Sally wrote a fantastic post about how to survive a wine fair.  My favorite tips?  Keep and open mind and use the spittoon!  I still don’t understand how folks can go to these all-day mega-tastings and leave with the ability to stand upright.  Maybe they all have a superpower for metabolizing alcohol?

And with that…

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Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #2 . . . VOTE!

The Armchair Sommelier

It’s time to VOTE for this month’s Wine Writing Challenge winner!

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I heard a lot of grumbling out there about this month’s Trouble theme, but that’s the beauty of interpretation — it’s a blank canvas. There’s no wrong answer . . . just write!   I won’t deny it was challenging — I started writing in one direction (the trouble with tasting fees) and went off on a pretty big tangent.  But you all stepped up to the plate and hit a home run!  I hope you enjoyed writing . . . and reading.

I’m excited to pass the Writing Crown to a new winner, so let’s get to the voting!

I’m trying something new this month . . . I’ve embedded a poll so you can vote right here in this post.  A few easy rules:

  1. Anyone can vote . . . you don’t have to write a post…

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Wine trouble – my first of many. A Monthly Wine Challenge Post.

the winegetter

This is my attempt at meeting the Monthly Wine Challenge #2. In June, The Drunken Cyclist started a contest challenging other bloggers to write about a topic connected to wine, his was “transportation”. I wrote about the monorack trains in the Mosel vineyards back then. The Armchair Sommelier’s entry was rightly voted the most entertaining post, so Kirsten got to decide on a new topic. She chose, quite ominously, “trouble” (please find the original post if hers here: http://armchairsommelier.wordpress.com/2013/07/19/monthly-wine-writing-challenge-2/ .

Also, this post was typed on a tablet somewhere in Cambodia with shaky internet connection. Please forgive typos, it’s a bitch to publish anything from a tablet…

If you’ve bothered reading my About page, you might have seen my casual mention that I had my first conscious sip of wine when I was around 8. What I didn’t mention there: it got me in trouble…the story is as close or…

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Trouble

The Wine Raconteur

“Oh we’ve got trouble; we got lots and lots of trouble.  We got trouble right here in River City”

I am paraphrasing some of the lines from a great number from The Music Man, the classic American musical of stage and cinema.  This is the second of a new challenge among some of the wine Bloggers who come up with a theme that we must all write about in conjunction with our favorite topic of wine and the topic chosen was trouble.  I accepted the gauntlet of a challenge from “The Armchair Sommelier” (a writer that I myself follow) and then I had to think about the subject.  Trouble could easily have been a story about my youth and perchance a night of over indulgence, but that seemed too contrite and expected.  Then I thought further and decided that no one ever over indulges on wine, so it…

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East Orange–Part Two

the drunken cyclist

Last month, we started the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (#MWWC1), which was won by the Armchair Sommelier. This month, she therefore has the burden honor of hosting the Challenge and choosing the new theme. Her choice, “Trouble” first gave me some pause, but like Talk-a-Vino, when I mentioned it to my wife, she gave me the stink-eye, laughed, and said “Oh, I am sure you can come up with something.”

Even though the rules state that the post should be under 1000 words, I have not been one for following rules much. Thus, here is part two of my entry, in case you missed it, part one can be read HERE.

I crossed the Ben Franklin Bridge and hopped on to the Jersey Turnpike and headed north. I had promised my wife that once I found the house, if it looked sketchy at all, I would just…

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East Orange–Part One

the drunken cyclist

Last month, we started the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (#MWWC2), which was won by the Armchair Sommelier. This month, she therefore has the burden honor of hosting the Challenge and choosing the new theme. Her choice, “Trouble” first gave me some pause, but like Talk-a-Vino, when I mentioned it to my wife, she gave me the stink-eye, laughed, and said “Oh, I am sure you can come up with something.”

Even though the rules state that the post should be under 1000 words, I have not been one for following rules much. Thus, here is part one of my entry, part two will grace this spot next week.

I am a bit of a wine scavenger–I will buy wine from just about anywhere. Many people have told me how risky this is since you never know how the wine has been stored, but I essentially don’t listen. Only on a…

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