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Wine and Trouble; the Field Trip

From Vinho Verde to Barolo with Love

(The Armchair Sommelier has challenged us with the topic of trouble in the monthly wine challenge. This is my submission. )

The school bus rolled along as comfortably as school buses roll, with its torn vinyl seats, each holding two or three fifth graders excitedly anticipating the annual trip to the courthouse, unaware or unconcerned with how loudly their voices carried, one little boy’s more than the others, in a voice so loud and clear, he could not be ignored, nor could he be mistaken for having said something else, as the bus stopped for a red light, and all other voices seemed to diminish in volume. We all on the bus, myself, the other chaperones, all the children and Ms. Bronk the classroom teacher sitting behind me, all of us heard his words ring out in that moment of stillness, “Bob’s Mom says it’s fun to get drunk!” …

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Trouble at the Intersection of Food & Wine


(A new monthly wine writing challenge comes from the Armchair Sommelierthis month, with “Trouble” as our challenge topic)

As my interest in wine & food has grown, trouble has come from places I never expected.

  • Imagined trouble: the expense of wine purchases.  As interest grows, so grows the price per bottle and the number of bottles.  Surprisingly, no problems here from the chief financial officer (CFO).  We are being more social, inviting friends over more often.  Need a gift?  No problem, many bottles to choose from downstairs. Wine dinners, meeting new people. Great! Phew.
  • Minor trouble: Food bloggers eat cold food.  This is OK for the blogger, but the spouse may not be so happy.  Guests?  You don’t mind if I take some photos do you?  I suppose this is only a problem for amateur food bloggers.  Pro’s likely separate the cooking/photography and the actual eating.


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Carl Jung And Wine Trouble

Duff's Wines

carl-jungLast month, a challenge was issued by The Drunken Cyclist to write a post on a theme – Transportation. My response is here. This month the winner of last month’s challenge, The Armchair Sommelier, another blogger that I follow, asked everyone to post on the theme – Trouble. As the other wine bloggers did, I had ‘trouble’, pardon the pun, thinking about wine as anything other than a blessing. What trouble could there be aside from overindulgence? Well, I came up with some of my all too regular troubles.

From the outside, it seems so awesome (as Chris Farley would say) to decide that you want to explore wines, try to become knowledgeable so as to better enjoy what you already love – and get to write about it. What could be better than reading about wine, visiting wineries, tasting (drinking) wines and writing about your experience as…

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Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #2

The Armchair Sommelier

I realize what everyone wants to know is this month’s theme, so I won’t dawdle.

The theme is . . . Trouble.

write something

I will attempt to keep roughly the same submission schedule as last month.  I like consistency.

Deadline for submission:  Friday, August 16th (four weeks seems like plenty of time to write a post, doesn’t it?).

Voting Begins:  Saturday, August 17th

Voting Ends:  Thursday, August 22nd 

Fanfare for the Winner:  Saturday, August 24th (vote tallying involves math, and it takes me a while to do math).

The rules are pretty much the same.  Because I like consistency.

1. The monthly Wine Writing Challenge is a work in progress. Any (or all) of the “rules” below can be amended or even changed.  As long as you are the King/Queen of the Wine Writing Challenge.

2. Write a post/article/essay based on the month’s theme. It is up to you to…

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