Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #34 (#MWWC34)

Last week, Kent of Appetite for Wine won Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #33 (#MWWC33) and just like all previous winners of the Challenge, his “reward” was to choose the theme for the following Challenge (in this case #MWWC34).

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!


Last month there were nine entries to the Challenge, which is a bit lower than the 12-15 that had been the “new normal” over the last few months. This month, determined to at least return to those numbers, and with the hope of reaching the all-time record of 25, I have decided to directly badger, I mean encourage, previous winners of the Challenge who have not been around in a while. We could also use your help.

Yes you.

Spread the word. Encourage some of your blogger pals to enter. Tell them about all the fabulous prizes, all the glamorous parties, and the enduring fame that comes along with participation in the Challenge. Yes, I am asking you to lie.

Yes you.

Kent sent me an email on the day that I announced him as the winner with the theme for #MWWC34, shattering the previous record by at least a day. Impressive. Or maybe he was overtaken with the joy of winning, causing intense euphoria, leading to an outpouring of creative genius. Or maybe he was just showing off.

Whatever the reason, here is the new theme:


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.

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: “Memory”.
    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 #MWWC34 somewhere in your post.
      3. Tweet, using the #MWWC34 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 24th, 2017

Voting Begins: Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Voting Ends:  Monday, July 31st, 2017

Winner Announced:  Tuesday, August 1st, 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


MWWC32 – Translation

Wining with Mel

MWWC33 – Once Upon a Time

Appetite for 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 Houston with my lovely wife and two wonderful sons.
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4 Responses to Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #34 (#MWWC34)

  1. Pingback: Thanks for the Memories – #MWWC34 | Appetite for Wine

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  4. Pingback: Make a Memory: Weingut Ziereisen Blauer Spätburgunder 2013 “Schulen” | jvb uncorked

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