Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #23 (#MWWC23)

Last week, Chad of (Un)Common Grape won the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #22 (#MWWC22) and just like all previous winners of the Challenge, his “reward” was to choose the theme for the following Challenge (in this case #MWWC23).

A few of us started the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge a couple of years 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!


Each month, I’ll be honest, I copy and paste much of the text from the previous month. I know. Not exactly something I should be admitting, let alone doing, but as many of you no doubt know, it is tough to come up with something witty and new on a regular basis. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy organizing the MWWC, but it does require me to examine the depths of my conscious being to be clever, knowing all the time that few, if any, will actually read the text on the way down to the new theme.

It is somewhat analogous to my days in the classroom where every quarter I needed to write comments for every student. While there were certain unique aspects about every student, there were also many similarities. My feeling was that parents and students alike would first scan down to the grade before even contemplating reading the well-crafted, incisive comment.

Much like here, I imagine. If you are even reading these words, there is no doubt you already know the new theme as it is obnoxiously flashing below. So I will stop babbling….

Here is this month’s theme:


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: “NEW”.
    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  on all subsequent posts about this month’s challenge:
      1. Include a link back to this post in your entry.
      2. Use the hashtag #MWWC23 somewhere in your post.
      3. Tweet, using the #MWWC23 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 7th, 2016

Voting Begins: Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Voting Ends:  Monday, March 14th, 2016

Winner Announced:  Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

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

MWWC18 – Crisis

Traveling Wine Chick

MWWC19 – Choice

Frankly Wine

MWWC20 – Variety

JVB Uncorked

MWWC21 –Pairing


MWWC22 – Second Chance

(Un)Common Grape

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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  7. That was so great! I was looking for motivation to study the fruit of the Spirit


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