Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #15 (#MWWC15)

Last week, Loie of Cheap Wine Curious won the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #14 (#MWWC14) and just like all winners of the Challenge, her “reward” was to choose the theme for the following Challenge (in this case #MWWC15).

A few of us started the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge over a year ago with the desire to promote more creative wine writing. The thought was that we get caught up in tasting notes, winery visits, and the occasional food porn and we soon forget that part of the reason we put in all the hours that we do on these silly blogs is that we love to write!


After a bit of ribbing—Loie submitted her post, er, um, “right” at the last possible moment for the last Challenge, and I wondered on Twitter just how long it would take her to come up with a theme for this month. Well, she surprised me by coming up with this month’s theme over the weekend, a solid couple of days before the “deadline”. She initially wanted to use just that, “Deadline” as her theme, but luckily she came to her senses after fearing that she would incur the wrath of Anatoli of Talk-a-Vino and Oliver of The Winegetter who never share their disdain for a theme when it is not to their liking (I think it is safe to say that they would have objected to “Deadline”).

In the end, Loie thought better than raising the ire of two guys from old world Europe and opted for:success



A quick recap of the rules:

The rules

    1. The Challenge is open to anybody and everybody. It helps if you have a blog, but that is certainly not a requirement (contact me if this is the case).
    2. Write a post based on this month’s theme: “Success”.
    3. The post should be at least tangentially related to wine (after all, it is the name of the challenge).
    4. The post should be more or less around 1000 words (I routinely violate this rule, so it is just there as a “guide”).
    5. Include the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge badge (above) that was designed by the very first winner, The Armchair Sommelier.
    6. Remember to vote!
    7. Once you post on your blog, please do at least two of the following and I will be sure to include a link here as well as on all subsequent posts about this month’s challenge:
      1. Include a link back to this post in your entry.
      2. Use the hashtag #MWWC15 somewhere in your post.
      3. Tweet, using the #MWWC15 hashtag and include a link back to your post.
      4. Send me an email: jeff(at)thedrunkencyclist(dot)com

The all important dates:

Deadline for submission:  Monday, March 9th, 2015

Voting Begins: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Voting Ends:  Monday, March 16th, 2015

Winner Announced:  Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Previous winners:

If you’re looking for some inspiration here are the links to the previous winning posts:

MWWC1 – Transportation

The Armchair Sommelier

MWWC2 – Trouble

My Custard Pie

MWWC3 – Possession

The Wine Kat

MWWC4 – Oops

Confessions of a Wine Geek

MWWC5 – Feast

The drunken cyclist

MWWC6 – Mystery

The SAHMmelier

MWWC7 – Devotion

The Sweet Sommelier

MWWC8 – Luck

The drunken cyclist

MWWC9 – Fear

The Sybarite

MWWC10 – Value

Dracaena Wines

MWWC11 – Friend

Armchair Sommelier

MWWC12 – Local


MWWC13 – Serendipity

Duff’s Wines

MWWC14 – Tradition

Cheap Wine Curious

Please contact me if you have any questions: jeff (at) thedrunkencyclist (dot) com

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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6 Responses to Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #15 (#MWWC15)

  1. I think deadline would have been awesome….now I have to deal with success, something I am utterly unfamiliar with….grrrrrrr. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. talkavino says:

    I can only second Oliver – I would much prefer “deadline” as offering a lot more possible angles. Success? Yeah, don’t know about that…


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