Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #32 (#MWWC32)

Last week, Nesli of Wi.Nes won Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #31 (#MWWC31) and just like all previous winners of the Challenge, her “reward” was to choose the theme for the following Challenge (in this case #MWWC31).

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!



We had eleven submissions last month’s theme “Faith” which was pretty close to the average that we have had over the last several months. We did, however, have a gigantic turnout for the vote, which was certainly a departure from the previous month. What does it all mean? Who knows? But as many of you know, I am a bit of a numbers person, so I am always looking for patterns, predictability, and anomalies (yes, I lead a rather boring life).

Nesli was perhaps the quickest in submitting the theme as her “reward” but that is purely conjecture since I have not been keeping track of that at all (insert comment: “Boy, Drunken Cyclist, that is not very good statistical record keeping, now is it?”). Regardless, I have Faith (see what I did there?) that this month’s theme will equally inspire the intrepid and the timid, the impetuous and the ponderous, and the prolific and the procrastinators.

With the guise of stalling for a bit more time, I opt for a public service announcement to underscore the main idea behind the Challenge:

I want to stress that the goal of this Challenge (at least for me) is to, well, challenge myself to get out of the norm and produce something I would otherwise not write, be it fiction, non-fiction, whatever. Recently, I have been falling into the trap of making the theme fit into my writing instead of having the theme inspire me to write.

No more dancing around the issue, 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: “TRANSLATION”.
    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 #MWWC32 somewhere in your post.
      3. Tweet, using the #MWWC32 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, April 24th, 2017

Voting Begins: Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Voting Ends:  Monday, May 1st, 2017

Winner Announced:  Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

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

MWWC23 – New

The Drunken Cyclist

MWWC24 – Pleasure

Cheap Wine Curious

MWWC25 – Travel

Traveling Wine Chick

MWWC26 – Solitude

JVB Uncorked

MWWC27 – Bubbles

Traveling Wine Chick

MWWC28 – Smile

Pairs With: Life

MWWC29 – WineStory

The Epicurious Texan

MWWC30 – Obscure


MWWC31 – Faith


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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9 Responses to Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #32 (#MWWC32)

  1. talkavino says:

    Translation??? I guess this is why we call this a “challenge”. I know, most of the new themes show up as quite difficult – but generally, I have at least a lame idea of an approach. “Translation” in connection with wine doesn’t generate even a lame idea. Well, will see what will happen…

    Liked by 4 people

  2. Another true challenge, a real poser, trying to come up with an angle and then how to write it. I guess a trip to the cellar is called for.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Just stumbled upon your challenge thanks to Reader – I’m in!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Pingback: Found in Translation: A Grape By Any Other Name (Monthly Wine Writing Challenge 32 #MWWC32) | WAYWARD WINE

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