Our Saber Crisis #MWWC18

Monthly Wine Writing Challenge 18 #MWWC18 After several months away, I’m jumping back into the game with the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge group.  The premise is simple: a friendly challenge among the group to write on the topic for the month. Votes are tallied (remember, no wagering) and a winner emerges.  The winner chooses the … Continue reading

Barolo Boys: Tradition to Revolution to Tradition #MWWC14

Tradition, Revolution, Tradition Is there any tradition in wine, really? I think not. Wines we drink today aren’t the wines made 100, 50, or even 25 years ago. Take Barolo, a favorite of mine. The Nebbiolo grape has a long history in the Langhe region within the Piedmont in Italy. Until the mid-1800’s, Nebbiolo based … Continue reading

Don’t Be a Snob; Drink Local…

… And Don’t Let Your World Get Too Small! I live in Minnesota, not known for its’ fine wines. Medicine, yes.  The hotel directly across from the Mayo Clinic has a floor reserved for “Royalty”, and they are serious!  The Rochester airport regularly receives jets from all over the world with patients headed for Mayo.  … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

#MWWC10: What are Your Vinous Values?

#MWWC10: Value This is my entry in this month’s wine writing challenge; a friendly competition with an ever growing group of wine blogging friends. The theme this month is “Value”. Want to see some other entries? Visit the #MWWC blog! The World as We Know It 80% of the people who drink wine pick something … Continue reading

Fear: Love Wine, Hate to Write

#MWWC9 Fear I’m not a writer.  I don’t have a novel inside.  I’m not compelled to write.  I started my wine/food blog as a way to explore social media, but writing always has been and continues to be a challenge.  Food and cooking?  Great.  Wine?  Love it.  Photography?  Great way to hone my eye and … Continue reading

Winegrower’s Devotion

Every glass of wine we drink is the result of years of devotion by a winegrower.  The next time you open a bottle, pause a moment to appreciate their dedication. Cheers! (click on any image to view the story in photos) This is my entry in the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #7.  This month’s theme … Continue reading

Mystery: What Price for this Wine?

What would you pay for this wine?  A common question posed by someone selling wine from a value geography or a grape or winery you haven’t heard of before.  Of course, the wine does have a price, and after you taste and guess they will tell you the answer.  But how would you put a … Continue reading

Oops!

Make Sure You Have Plenty of OOPS! OK, you spill an expensive bottle of wine, you break glasses.  Those “oops” moments are no fun at all.  The OOPS moments I’m talking about are failures, but they show you are still trying new things, experimenting, learning. FoodBeerClick Chili (original post here) I wanted to modify a … Continue reading

Possession: Entry Denied

Paris.  A dark and stormy afternoon threatened to put a damper on our plans for the day:  Notre Dame cathedral, Ste. Chapelle, then a walk to one of the museums nearby. As we exited the Metro, drizzle became a steady rain.  Glad for a respite from the rain, we enjoyed Notre Dame.  To think it … Continue reading

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