Monthly Wine Writing Challenge 9–The Winner

As many of you know by now, I slightly altered the way the winner was determined this month for the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge. For the first eight Challenges, it was a simple popular vote–highest number of votes won. Pretty simple. This month, though, I decided to change it up a bit. There was still the popular vote, but an independent judge chose the winner from the top three in the popular vote.

Why change it up?

Good question.

There were many thoughts that went into the change, but in the end, it was a desire to bring some objectivity as well as a professional eye to the Challenge.

That was the goal.

Our first judge was Kimberly Faye, one of the hosts of WineLife Radio. She is also a published author and an inspirational speaker. Kimberly took the task in front of her and really ran with it. Today, just a couple of days after pointing her to the web page that had the three finalists listed, she sent me a detailed two page write-up explaining her methodology as well as point-by-point analysis of the three finalists.

Here is the first part of her analysis:

A Judge’s Fear
by Kimberly Faye
Without much pontification it is abundantly clear why The Armchair Sommelier, Of Must and Mash and The Sybarite achieved top 3 status for this month’s writing contest. After reading all three several times I found myself in a conundrum of sorts. I became so immersed in their (stated and inferred) fear that I wanted to speak individually with them to help sort out the facts and remedy their outcomes (as though I am thus capable?). My point is, their vulnerability was implicit and well delivered. They exposed their personal, societal and cultural fears and caused me to consider my viewpoint on each subject.
Since there can only be one winner (all writers are winners) for this contest, I based my decision on 4 key objects:
  1. Narrative Arc – Does the story have a narrative arc (beginning, middle and end) theme consistent with the contest title
  2. Blog style – Does the blog follow ‘reachability’ standards in content and style
  3. Clarity and Cleanliness – Does the story flow with strong transitions from one paragraph to the next and is it free of errors
  4. Rules of Engagement – Does the blog follow #MWWC9 Rules

I scored each blog (after reading it several times) on a 4 out of 4 basis.

Kimberly then went through the three finalists point by point to come up with the winner.And the Winner is

The Sybarite for his article: Fear and Blogging in Salinas!
As this month’s winner, he will choose the theme for next month’s Challenge. He also gets to post this fancy badge on his site:
Last, and perhaps most exciting, he has been invited to be a guest on WineLife Radio this weekend! The show is on Saturday, and the segment should begin around 1:20 Eastern time (click on the logo below for a link to the WineLife Radio website where you can get access to the show–it will also be available about a week later on the site). [Note to the Sybarite, please email me: jeff(at)thedrunkencyclist(dot)com for the details.]
Once again, a great job by all–A record 27 entries this month, a trend that will hopefully continue!

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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12 Responses to Monthly Wine Writing Challenge 9–The Winner

  1. TheSybarite says:

    I don’t even know what to say. I am so overwhelmed and excited and honored. Looking forward to my radio debut!


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  3. KC says:

    Yay! and congrats, Mr. TheSybarite!!


  4. Cabfranca says:

    Congratulations! I wish I had been able to read all of the entries, life just got in the way! I’m reading yours now Mr. Sybarite.


  5. binNotes© says:

    Congrats, The Sybarite & TY yet again to the The Drunken Cyclist for herding errant entrants towards the finish line…looks like MWWC is becoming a victim of its own success…so many entries, so little time. 🙂 Cheers & hope to share a pour with at least some of you at the WBC2014.


  6. mwwcblog says:

    Reblogged this on mwwcblog.


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