Monthly Challenge–The Results!

As many of you know last month we started a monthly wine writing challenge. There have been numerous wine blog themes/challenges/brou-ha-has over time, but there did not seem to be many where the focus was on the writing itself. I could be wrong about that, and I am sure that someone will point it out if I am incorrect. Thanks in advance for letting me know.

I am rather confident that there is not currently any such challenge type scenario afloat, so I thought it was time to start such a regular “event”.

This first challenge was rather simple conceptually: write an article that has something to do with wine as well as with the theme “transportation”. Those were the only two real criteria and there were ten such posts submitted:

The Armchair Sommelier

The Drunken Cyclist

Duff’s Wines

The Food and Wine Hedonist

Food Wine Click



The Winegetter

The Wine Raconteur

Twelve Dollar Taste Buds

After the submissions, I asked submitters and readers alike to vote for their three top posts. Surprisingly, there were fewer voters than there were submissions (we will have to work on that end of things), but I would like to thank everyone who read the posts and submitted their votes.

Without any further ado, the winner this first time around (in a very close vote) was:

The Armchair Sommelier

Congratulations! Be sure to head over to her site and give her some much deserved kudos. As this month’s winner, The Armchair Somm (sad to say I either don’t remember or never learned her real name) gets the distinct honor of hosting the next challenge! She gets to choose the theme, set up the time table for submissions, and make any other rules that she deems appropriate (kind of like being the “king” in foursquare [the kid’s game, not the social media thing]).

So tonight, everyone raise their glass to the Armchair Sommelier and get ready for the next challenge!

About the drunken cyclist

I have been an occasional cycling tour guide in Europe for the past 20 years, visiting most of the wine regions of France. Through this "job" I developed a love for wine and the stories that often accompany the pulling of a cork. I live in Houston with my lovely wife and two wonderful sons.
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23 Responses to Monthly Challenge–The Results!

  1. talkavino says:

    Congrats to Kristen! Well done! Looking forward to the next challenge!


  2. Congratulations, and I did enjoy the concept of “theme” to step back and look at writing an article from a different aspect. Thank you to all who took the time.
    – John


  3. d2 says:

    Sorry I missed the challenge. Wine nd bikes–two of my favorite things.


  4. Congrats Armchair and thanks Cyclist! I promise to get my next submission in a little earlier this time…


  5. Congrats from Laos!! Well deserved.


  6. from one Kirsten to another…CONGRATS!


  7. Thanks everyone, for the congratulations, and the excellent company in writing! Salud!


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  9. Stefano says:

    Congrats, Kirsten, on being crowned the Queen of the first round by popular acclaim! And kudos to Jeff for coming up with this fun idea! Well done both of you! 🙂
    I’ll do my best to participate in round #2!


  10. Hey man, were you on Alpe d’Huez today? Had a cheers with Adam Hansen maybe? Seems you’re not the only drunken cyclist! 😉


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