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Let 15 wine writers entertain you: VOTE NOW – MWWC3

September 24, 2013

Monthly wine writing challenge 3 - My Custard Pie

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.

Monthly wine writing challenge 3 - My Custard Pie

Voting rules – there have to be some

  1. Voting open to all – please help spread the word.
  2. Just choose your favourite post.
  3. If you wrote a post, you can’t vote for yourself.
  4. You can’t vote for the host (aka me).
  5. All votes are due by midnight Saturday 28th September 2013 (my time which is GMT+3)
  6. 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

Monthly wine writing challenge 3 - My Custard Pie


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

  1. September 24, 2013 6:22 am

    Voted. Great collection! Thanks for challenging us!

  2. September 24, 2013 7:06 am

    Well set up voting page. Thanks! Vote for Wayward Wine’s (shameless self-promotion).

  3. Kat permalink
    September 24, 2013 10:12 am

    A great line up!

  4. September 24, 2013 10:23 am

    A wonderful collection of articles!



  5. September 24, 2013 10:25 am

    “Like boys and girls locked away in same-sex prep schools, most wines yearn for a bit of flesh.” Could that account for Chateau Ygay 🙂

  6. kstienemeier permalink
    September 24, 2013 12:23 pm

    What a wonderful collection of posts and so hard to vote for just one 😦
    The thoughts are unusual and refreshing a nice change from reading recipe-based posts. Sadly I don’t drink but I do appreciate good wine and serve it passionately with my meals.

  7. September 24, 2013 1:04 pm

    Wow! What a great collection. I’ve been a Jay McInerney fan for years and I didn’t know he wrote about wine. Thanks for the heads up!

  8. September 24, 2013 2:08 pm

    Really tough choice between WineKat and WaywardWine for me. But I voted.

    • September 25, 2013 7:12 am

      Cool – really glad you did 🙂

  9. September 24, 2013 5:36 pm

    Everyone did such a great job on this challenge. I enjoyed participating, but enjoyed reading even more. My vote has been cast!

    • September 25, 2013 7:11 am

      So glad – great to connect and to read some fresh voices.

  10. September 24, 2013 5:46 pm

    Thanks for hosting the 3rd Challenge, Sally! Well done!! I love your calligraphy photo!! There are some great reads here . . . it’ll be a tough choice, for sure. Salud!

    • September 25, 2013 7:11 am

      Cheers – and I wrote with wine to do that calligraphy. A new experience!

  11. September 24, 2013 8:40 pm

    Hi, Sally,

    I am reading through these, wine glass in hand – as you must – and they are all wonderful. It will be hard to vote this month. I tried to leave a comment for WineKat but I am getting a strange “406 – Not acceptable from Host Papa”, which makes me sad. I see your comment got through. What am I doing wrong?

    • September 25, 2013 7:10 am

      I’ll alert Kat via Twitter – I used to have problems leaving a comment. Agree that these are wonderful.

  12. September 24, 2013 10:08 pm

    I enjoyed reading each post. Thanks to all of the participating wine bloggers!

    • September 25, 2013 7:12 am

      They all bring something completely different to the table don’t they.

  13. September 24, 2013 11:05 pm

    Reblogged this on the drunken cyclist and commented:
    This is the third month of the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (MWWC#3) and there are a host of wonderful entries (and I have an entry as well!). Go over to the blog of last month’s winner, My Custard Pie, and check out all of the entries–really some outstanding writing. You can also vote for your favorite, if you feel so inclined….

  14. September 25, 2013 7:15 am

    I voted, the entries are better each month, what a decision. I guess I shall pour another glass of wine and second guess my selection.

    • September 25, 2013 7:39 am

      I still haven’t voted – it’s too difficult – I think I’ll try your method tonight 🙂

  15. September 26, 2013 3:18 pm

    What a great idea…can’t wait for next month’s ‘theme’…cheers!

  16. September 28, 2013 8:26 pm

    This time I was hard-pressed having to choose just one post… but life is full of tough choices 😉 so alea iacta est I made up my mind!

  17. MissMangue permalink
    September 30, 2013 5:21 pm

    Reblogged this on MissMangue.

  18. December 20, 2013 11:42 pm

    Reblogged this on mwwcblog.


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