Let 15 wine writers entertain you: VOTE NOW – MWWC3
Like boys and girls locked away in same-sex prep schools, most wines yearn for a bit of flesh.
This line, which is part of an article about the difficulty of picking a wine for a vegetarian meal, epitomises why Jay McInerney is one of my favourites writers about wine and his books in permanent residence beside my bed. With food writing, if the prose doesn’t get your attention, you usually have the addition of drool-worthy images to stimulate the imagination and the salivary glands. Wine writing has a whole different set of challenges and usually appeals only to a very distinct group of readers. How do you pitch your information so that you keep the attention of people who know very little about wine as well as wine geeks? Conveying the experience of tasting a wine so that it resonates without tipping over into wine bore pomposity is an art. Yes, wine writing as fraught with potential pitfalls and hurdles as an overgrown vineyard.
But the lure of wine, its multi-faceted appeal, compels us to try to unravel its mystery or simply explore how it enriches our lives in one way or another. Bravo to The Drunken Cyclist for coming up with the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge and thanks to everyone who responded to my challenge of ‘possession’ as the theme (although many found it tricky). The submissions range from a short story to an article about rice wine with everything in between. Please take time to read and vote – there are some absolute crackers in this list, watch out Jay McInerney.
Voting rules – there have to be some
- Voting open to all – please help spread the word.
- Just choose your favourite post.
- If you wrote a post, you can’t vote for yourself.
- You can’t vote for the host (aka me).
- All votes are due by midnight Saturday 28th September 2013 (my time which is GMT+3)
- The “winner” will host the next monthly challenge, which includes selecting the topic.
For your reading pleasure
I’ve listed these posts in the order they were written. Read them all… please do, they are wonderful…. (and show your appreciation with comments on the blogs) and then scroll down to vote below. Choose your top favourite – this will not be easy:
Possession – a short story by The Wine Kat
Possession: A Confession by Wine Swap
I’m not a hoarder, I’m a collector by The Armchair Sommelier
The Possession Obsession by Duff’s Wines
‘He Who Knows He Has Enough is Rich’ -Lao Tzu by From Vinho Verde to Barolo with Love
How possessive are the wine lovers? by Talk-a-vino
A wine for a dreadfully awkward meal in A.S. Byatt’s Possession by Jameson Fink
Possession or Are German winemakers merely possessors? by The Winegetter
Possession: It’s Mine!!! by Red Wine Diva
Rice wine at the mid-Autumn festival by Saucy Gander
Possession by The Wine Raconteur
Who owns a name? Celebrating Robert Mondavi’s centenary by My Custard Pie (host so no vote for me)
Possession:Entry Denied by Foodwineclick
Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #3: Possession by The Drunken Cyclist
Depossessed drink: Wine on loan by Wayward Wine
VOTE NOW! CHOOSE YOUR TOP POST (oh so cruel)
Special mentions to:
Do in Dubai who was inspired to write about a visit to the Salcheto Vineyard in Montepulciano
The Food and Wine Hedonist who wrote about possession while drinking wine and watching a video of a monkey
and Twelve Dollar Tastebuds who has an original idea but briefest post
So get reading and voting Such a high standard….how to choose?
PS UAE Saves week recipes will continue tomorrow. In the meantime, please visit Cashy