Ohmygod–Cancelled (for now?)

A few of you have emailed me to inquire about the latest episode of Ohmygod. A new month has begun, and normally that means a new installment in the series. While I appreciate your interest, I have some sad news for you perhaps. I have been advised by some people in the wine industry that the ongoing series is a distraction and it diminishes my efforts to be considered a “serious wine writer”.

While I am not entirely sure what that means, I do need to reflect on it a bit and that is why, at least for the time being, I have decided to suspend the series, at least for a while. I might come back to it eventually, perhaps on another site. When (if?) I do, I will certainly let you all know here.

Hopefully, you will continue to follow my blog regardless.



I’m just kidding–all the above was just a joke. Had I done it on April 1st, that would have been too obvious.

I have been working as a cycle tour guide in Europe since September 4th and have not had enough time to work on the next episode. I will hopefully get that time this weekend in Paris, and I plan to publish the next installment on Monday (the day I fly back). Here is an excerpt of this month’s chapter (still subject to editing) to perhaps hold you over in the interim:

About this time, she opened and poured from the first bottle–about an ounce in each glass. Like most producers, the Rogers produced a non-vintage Brut—a wine that is a blend of several vintages (there is not single “year” associated with the wine) and is blended with the goal of producing a consistent wine every year. After she was done pouring, each person took a flute. Except Ohmygod. He seemed paralyzed from the neck down, staring at his glass. Then he would look to me, then Madame, next the bottle, back to his flute. It was a sort of four-way tennis match as this sequence repeated itself in rather rapid succession several times. Clearly, he was confused as to why the glass was not full.


Eventually, he picked up the glass and threw back the 1-2 ounce pour as if it were a whiskey shot. I was waiting for him to turn the glass over and slam it down emphatically as if he were in a western saloon, but instead he delicately set it on the table and gently nudged it forward as to not so subtly announce he needed more.


Madame Roger, to her credit, although a bit taken a back, was not all that fazed. Immediately adopting a posture that Ohmygod seemed to immediately respect, she then repeated the finger wagging that I had experienced earlier. This time, however, the wagging was much more emphatic and accompanied by a scowl that would have frightened even the most precocious child.


Ohmygod dejected, sunk down into his chair. Clearly, this was not his first trip around this block.


The rest will be out Monday (I hope!)….


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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25 Responses to Ohmygod–Cancelled (for now?)

  1. LOL, had me fooled for a minute.


  2. OH MY GOD! (lol) you had me! I was just about to scroll down to the comments and yell that whoever is telling you that is insane! I was planning a defense already. Good thing I read all the way through. Will be looking forward to the next installment, and safe travels home

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  3. You almost had me giving you the middle finger through the computer screen. I look forward to your OhMyGod blogs. They’re hysterical. Hurry home and post your next installment before I punch you in the throat.

    Love and kisses,



  4. nomadfromcincy says:

    Seriously, I was starting to look for the unsubscribe button…


  5. sallybr says:

    You ALMOST fooled me, but you know what? I sensed it was a joke… so I am super proud of my power of intuition!

    🙂 😉 😉


  6. Cindi says:

    You almost fooled me, too, and I was fiercely scrolling down through your strategically placed white space before the “Gotcha” to comment that one of the reasons I enjoy this blog is that you make wine tasting accessible and non-snobby. Thank you!


  7. Hahaha! This was almost as good as the OhMyGod episodes themselves! I was so disappointed for a hot minute.


  8. talkavino says:

    You got me. My first thought was “who the f… where those people in the wine industry”? This short piece is one of the best ever – you left me impatiently waiting for Monday 🙂


  9. Kovas Palubinskas says:

    What’s a “serious wine writer?”


  10. OMG I was so ready to tell you to start a non-wine blog just about OMG. Whew! You certainly fooled me! Enjoy the rest of your travels!


  11. Shelley says:

    Never believed you even for a minute!!


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