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Wednesday’s Meritage – #MWWC18 Theme, Decanter Top Wines 2015, New Spanish Wine Video and more

Meritage Time!

First and foremost, the theme of the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #18 (#MWWC18) was announced by the winner of the previous round, Wayward Wine,  and it is … “Crisis“.  I don’t readily associate wine with crisis – thus I find this theme quite challenging. But so where many other themes before, and this is why it is called a “challenge”, so all we can do is to put on a crisis-handling hat and deal with it. Write, don’t wait – the submission deadline is Monday, July 27th, which is less than 2 weeks away… Crisis!

Decanter magazine is unquestionably one of the most influential publications in the wine consumer world.  Every year, Decanter conducts a competition and recognizes the best wines in the multiple categories with both international and regional awards. In 2015, the most prestigious award, called International Trophy, was awarded to the 35 wines out of 15,929 wines submitted for the competition between December 2014 and May 2015 – that sure sounds very impressive. The most interesting part for me was the fact that Australia, France and South Africa heavily dominated that list of 35, with Italy and Portugal been barely present, and US, Germany, Austria and many other winemaking countries absent completely. In any case, this makes it an interesting read, so here is the link where you can find complete information about competition process and awards.

Wines from Spain, an organization promotes the knowledge about Spanish wines worldwide, started a new series of videos, aimed to educate wine consumers about Spanish wines. The first video in the series introduces four of the popular Spanish grapes, and promises to come back with a lot more information. The video is short (less than 3 minutes) and very cute, so I would suggest that it’s worth your time – you can find the video here.

That is all I have for you for today – the glass is empty, but the refill is on the way. Cheers!

  1. July 16, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    I have trouble with this MWWC theme because, just like you, I don’t associate wine with crisis at all. So I’ll probably end up skipping this one and it appears that there have only been a few submissions thus far.

  2. July 18, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Thanks for the link to the Decanter magazine Anatoli, it made very interesting reading. I’m always curious to know about the selection criteria for wines to be tasted….

    • talkavino
      July 20, 2015 at 10:44 am

      My pleasure, Sandra. I also found that Decanter information very interesting. I see that Australian wines did very well there!

  3. July 20, 2015 at 5:47 am

    Perhaps if you have a glass (or two…) of wine, the crisis won’t seem so much of a crisis anymore and the words will flow! Good luck Anatoli and look forward to seeing what you write. 🙂
    I’ll be interested to check out this link as well – it’s going to be a busy Tuesday!

    • talkavino
      July 20, 2015 at 10:38 am

      Margot, I’m not having a crisis, it is just a theme for the writing challenge. By the way, you like wine, so you can take part too! What do you think about wine and crisis?

  4. July 20, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    That’s good to hear Anatoli! 😉 It’s such a tricky one to write about… think I’ll leave the challenge of finding an angle on ‘wine and crisis’ to you this time around my friend!

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