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MWWC#6: The Mystery of the Bark Bottle*

The Armchair Sommelier

DSC_0998[Read in Robert Stack’s voice]  For every mystery there is someone, somewhere, who knows the truth. Perhaps . . . that someone is you!

Have you ever seen a wine bottle like this before?  If so, you’re already ahead of me.

A few months ago, a friend of mine sent me this unusual wine bottle.  She thought it was something an Armchair Sommelier would enjoy having in her collection.  And I absolutely do, but I cannot figure out its provenance.  This little bottle is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a cork tree.

My friend received the bottle as a gift from her mother-in-law, who picked it up on a trip to South America (Peru maybe?).  The bottle is covered in tree bark, with a swath of cork on its neck.  My friend’s MIL told her the bottle was designed to keep wine at a consistent temperature.

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Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #6—Final Update

the drunken cyclist

wine-stain1-3Since my last update, there have been (at least) four more entries for the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge, bringing the total number of entries thus far up to (at least) fourteen!

I remain very confident that we will break the record for total number of entries (15) since several incredible writers have not yet entered (Talk-a-Vino, Food and Wine Hedonist, The Winegetter, Armchairsommelier, and many more).

But there are only a few days left to enter! Remember, the deadline for entry is midnight, January 13th (although truth be told, as long as it is in by the time I post on Tuesday, 1/14 I will include it)!

Once again, the theme this month is “Mystery” and all the rules for the challenge (and all the previous challenges and entries) can be found here:

Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #6—Mystery

Here are the entries thus far (they can also be found over…

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Mystery: The Monthly Wine Writing Challenge

The Wine Raconteur

“Oh, sweet mystery of life at last I’ve found you! At last, I know the secret of it all!” is the lines of the song that Madeline Kahn sings when she is with The Monster in “Young Frankenstein.”

 wine-stain Monthly Wine Challenge

Mystery is the theme that has been selected for the latest Monthly Wine Writing Challenge.  At first I was going to try to do a parody of Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon.  I thought of Effie Perine, the secretary bringing in the Levantine Joel Cairo’s calling card scented with Viognier and a wine discussion between Sam Spade and Kasper Gutman and ending with Sam Spade walking into the elevator cage with Tom Polhaus carrying a bottle of wine in a brown paper bag and exclaiming “The, uh, stuff that dreams are made of.”  Then I thought of rehashing an earlier article that I wrote about one of the many Murder Mysteries…

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The Bryan Hall Wine Incident

The Wandering Gourmand

Each month, the wine-blogging world hosts a Monthly Wine Writing Challenge.  The challenge was started by The Drunken Cyclist (who writers a very entertaining and informative blog on wine and was last month’s winner).  January’s theme is Mystery.  What follows is a wine-related story, that while is quite outlandish, is 100% true.  

It happened at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.  The year was 1998.  I was a lowly sophomore, or “wise fool” if you prefer the Latin translation.  I knew very little of the world and even less about wine.  The first thing I knew about wine was that it was something my father made in our basement.  The second thing I knew was that the romanticism of a bottle was enough to get a co-ed horizontal (even more than with a twelve pack of Old Milwaukee Ice).

At the beginning of each academic quarter, my father was…

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The Mystery of Wine #MWWC6

Duff's Wines

wine-stain1-2Last summer, the Drunken Cyclist proposed a wine writing challenge where wine bloggers are to write a post on a pre-selected theme. This has gone on for the past six months with winners proposing the next theme. I’ve participated when inspired and able to fit it in to my busy schedule (he says in all seriousness, while still in his housecoat at noon). This month the theme is Mystery. The entrants in this month’s challenge can be read by clicking here . My previous entries were light hearted with little attempt at seriousness. If you must, they can be found by clicking on Theme Posts on the right hand banner.This month, I decided to get a little more serious about the theme and its link to wine. I think that I’ve struck the right balance and am a possible contender to win the monthly prize. Will someone remind me…

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For the want of a word…


I decided to write an essay for the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (#MWWC6) for January with the theme of ‘Mystery’.  For winter quarter I will recycle posts from the last couple of years to fill in as I am not sure how much time I will have to write.  Stay warm!

What began as a lark to make a batch of wine several years ago has spiraled into a passionate hobby that will, with some very hard work, someday help to pay our bills.   Walla Walla Community College with the Enology & Viticulture program and College Cellars is very well placed.  We chose to move here because of the top rating of the school and the program, the charming, historical town and super nice people.  There are many avenues in the industry that I would like to explore while a student before determining what professional path to take.  Making wine…

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