Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #18 (#MWWC18)

Last week, Aaron of Wayward Wine won the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #17 (#MWWC17) and just like all winners of the Challenge, his “reward” was to choose the theme for the following Challenge (in this case #MWWC18).

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 roughly a week of pondering, clearly taking this monumental responsibility seriously, Aaron sent me an email with his choice for the new theme. Once I saw the theme, I immediately started to panic–I was not worried about what I was going to write so much, but rather the word itself causes some level of angst in everyone, I imagine.

So what exactly is this theme that causes me to break out in a cold sweat every time I hear the word?

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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: “Crisis”.
    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 #MWWC18 somewhere in your post.
      3. Tweet, using the #MWWC18 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, July 27th, 2015

Voting Begins: Tuesday, July 28st, 2015

Voting Ends:  Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Winner Announced:  Tuesday, August 4th, 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

MWWC15 – Success

JVB Uncorked

MWWC16 – Finish

The Wine Raconteur

MWWC17 – Epiphany

Wayward Wine

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 Philadelphia with my lovely wife and two wonderful sons.
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12 Responses to Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #18 (#MWWC18)

  1. talkavino says:

    This will not be easy! Well, I think none of them where, actually🙂 Long Live the Challenge!


  2. waywardwine says:

    Reblogged this on WAYWARD WINE and commented:
    Submit! If you dare!


  3. waywardwine says:

    Great set up for the theme DC. I look forward to the submissions!


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