A New Idea. #MWWC23

You never know what you’re going to find when you’re knee-deep in the world wine web[1]. This week I stumbled across the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge[2], a chance to focus on a specific theme and incorporate it in your blog. I’m in![3]Monthly Wine Writing Challenge Badge

The theme for the March challenge is NEW.

This blog is no longer new, but it still feels pretty new. Compared to all the other fine wine writers out there, I feel like a baby. In fact, I really am a baby. I’ll be celebrating my ONE YEAR blog-aversary in just THREE DAYS on March 9[4]. I can’t believe we’ve been here together for almost a year already[5]. And it all started with a NEW idea; an idea to get the creative juices flowing and to begin to fine tune my wine-game[6].

I’d say I’ve been successful thus far based purely on the fact that I have SO much fun doing all of this. Whether or not anyone reads it is a different story, but it has been a life game-changer, and that’s really what matters. It seems we’ve gotten quite a few things done over the past twelve months, and this coming year will be full of new adventures, many of which stem from my “new” wine blog.

Now that I put it down in writing, it’s pretty crazy what’s happened over the past year.

2015 To Do List

  1. Write Wine Blog.File Nov 22, 8 20 03 PM
  2. Post wine photos. On the daily.
  3. Tweet Tweet.
  4. Start a Twitter Chat[7].
  5. Make New Wine Friends[8].
  6. Sniff, Sip, Swirl & Spit at First Legit Wine Tasting.
  7. NYC Rosé Yacht Cruise.
  8. New York Fashion Week. #NBD
  9. Private Chef(s). What What.
  10. Completion of TWO Wine Marathons.[9]
  11. English Bubbly,[10] Scottish Whiskey and Downton Abbey.

New To Do List 2016:

  1. Open That Bottle Night 2016 #OTBN
  2. Downton Finale[11].
  3. Wine and Dine at PimmsCap Juluca
  4. Take Over the Instagram at Cuisinart Anguilla[12]
  5. Go on a Wine Vacation to Bordeaux.food-wine-pairing-winner
    1. Taste 2015 Bordeaux at en primeur week
    2. Stay at Bernard Magrez’ Château Fombrauge
    3. Cross Bernard Magrez off the Wine Bucket List
  6. Buy a vineyard in Italy[13]

The rest of the year is an open book, and I’m open to the universe and all its possibilities. Who would’ve thought that a new idea a year ago would have evolved into all this. The funny thing is, the first post was written right here, in the exact same spot at my dining room table, so even with all the NEW-ness, some things haven’t changed.

Cheers to new ideas, new wines and new wine friends!

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] See what I did there?
[2] #MWWC23
[3] Obviously. Writing + Wine = Yes.
[4] Good thing I looked at the calendar. Ima need some bubbly to celebrate. Obvi.
[5] What?! Time flies when you’re having fun!
[6] Which was strong in that I drank it a lot, but without really paying attention to what was going on in my glass.
[7] #Under25ChallengeFile Mar 06, 8 46 00 AM
[8] Is it ok to have more Twitter friends than real friends?? #instafriends
[9] I’m still waiting for my race bibs to come in from Last Bottle so I can display them in my office. #running
[10] It’s quite cruel that this is not available over here across the pond. #sadface
[11] Noooooooooo. I’m crying already.
[12] Details coming soon. Can. Not. Wait.
[13] Nothing set in stone, but hey, a girl can dream right? #lawofattraction

Wine Esquire is Going to France!

Yea, so, uhm, remember that thing I asked you to vote for? That wine blog award? The one where the prize was the ultimate wine trip to France? The one where I’d be going to visit Bernard Magrez for en primeur week? Well….guess what?! I WON!!

food-wine-pairing-winnerThank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for me! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it! I am humbled and amazed that people actually voted! Wine Esquire wouldn’t be heading across the pond if it weren’t for all of you, so I sincerely thank you for your support!

We’re going to go on the most amazing wine adventure together and you’ll be right there with me because I obviously won’t be able to stop Instagramming[1]. Or Tweeting. Or Blogging.

millesimaMillesima told us the results were being released yesterday, but ever since I found out I was a finalist, I tried not to think about it too much[2]. I didn’t want to get my hopes up or expect anything. But yesterday morning when the iPhone dinged with a text message before 7 a.m., I couldn’t help but assume that someone was texting to tell me I’d won. Nope[3]. So I got ready for work[4], headed to the office[5], conducted a closing[6], then made a quick pit stop to the vet to pick up some cat food[7]. And then I checked my email. Again. And that’s when I saw “Congratulations!” in the subject line. I put my car in park, freaked out a bit and said “I won, I won, I won, I won” about 249 times. I proceeded to call everyone important in my life. Husband. Sissy. Other Sissy. Mom[8]. And NOBODY answered. So I had to start driving back to work. Finally the calls started coming and I got to tell my loved ones about this amazing adventure.

jaillance-cremant-de-bordeaux-brutI confess, I didn’t go straight back to the office. The brilliant idea to get some bubbly from Bordeaux instantly popped into my head. Well, two liquor stores later and it turns out my state doesn’t carry Crémant de Bordeaux, so that plan was foiled, and I really had to get back to work. I didn’t have time to go anywhere else, but luckily when I got home I realized I had a lovely Louis Latour Meursault chilling in the fridge[9].

So, while details still have to be worked out, I’m definitely headed to France, and I’m extremely excited. Thank you again to all who voted. I’m on cloud nine!


Lawyer Footnotes
[1] I’m going to need one of those iPhone power boosters. Stat.
[2] Except for that time I emailed everyone I’ve ever met and asked them to vote. And the time I tweeted about it every day. Other than that, I didn’t think about it. At all.
[3] Just sissy complaining that she’d had to hail a cab because her train came to a stop on the way to her first day of her new gig. #commuterproblems
[4] And checked my email.GotMail
[5] And checked my email.
[6] And checked my email.
[7] My cat had health issues and now needs special food. Don’t worry, he’s fine. #longstory
[8] Sorry, Dad. I texted you though!
[9] This is not normal, don’t worry. A friend brought the bottle over when we had them over for dinner last week and we forgot to open it.