Pop A Cork and Share, Because You Make Me Smile! #MWWC28

24 Oct

Better late than never, I’m submitting this post as my entry for #MWWC28 for the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge. Thanks go out to Beth aka Traveling Wine Chick for the fun theme and Jeff aka  The Drunken Cyclist for the MWWC that provides wine writers a warm, friendly, mildly competitive community to enjoy each other’s work!



The theme for this month is SMILE. I love this theme. When someone smiles at me, I can’t help but smile back. And when I smile at them, they usually smile back. It’s like sharing an amazing wine with friends.


One of the things I adore about wine is finding a wine I like and sharing it. When I pour a taste of a wine for someone for the first time and watch them enjoy it, that in turn gives me great joy. This is one of the reasons why I hold wine tastings for friends and neighbors.

It’s also why I bring a few special bottles to wine conferences. We don’t really need more wine at a tasting. There is usually plenty! Sometimes it is simply a great deal of wine. But I like to bring wines I like, so that others can enjoy them as well. I had such fun sharing bottles at WBC. “Here, have a taste!” with wines from areas these people know well, just sometimes haven’t ever tried before. SO. MUCH. FUN! Tons of smiles!  It’s even more fun because adept tasters like Anatoli (Talk-A-Vino) have such passionate, emotional, declarative responses to wine, much like art, and you get to hear them wax poetic in person, without deliberate editing into a blog post. It’s so HUMAN. It’s brilliantly fun!

Most importantly, it just makes people smile.

Look at the smile on these faces. Real people, mostly real smiles. Some people look slightly pained in posing for a picture, but all of these folks were having a good time. We’re people who are passionate about wine- enjoying it, making it, selling it, sharing it. We get together and taste it, and make each other smile, then we laugh!

Together, we make the world a better place. I’m excited to read your blog posts, to see your photographs, to hear your tasting notes. And when I see you in person, I’m so excited to hear what you have to say, because being your friend makes my life richer.

We make each other smile. And that is a beautiful gift.


















Christine Gladstone
















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jvb barrel




Hey! Give me  your glass- I want you taste this. Just a taste.


à votre santé!



12 Responses to “Pop A Cork and Share, Because You Make Me Smile! #MWWC28”

  1. Michelle Williams October 25, 2016 at 5:18 pm #

    This article makes me smile. So many great people, so many fun memories. Thanks Jim! WBC16 was a blast with you!


    • jimvanbergen October 28, 2016 at 7:37 am #

      Indeed! I’m looking forward to seeing you again, Michelle!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Lisa Denning October 25, 2016 at 9:27 am #

    This post not only made me smile, it made me laugh out loud. Loved it! Thank you for bringing some cheer into my life first thing in the morning. A great start to the day!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • jimvanbergen October 25, 2016 at 11:44 am #

      Thanks so much Lisa! Hope to see you soon!


  3. Jill Barth October 25, 2016 at 9:18 am #

    This post makes me smile! Cheers to all the happy, creative, collaborative people in this post!

    Liked by 2 people

    • jimvanbergen October 25, 2016 at 11:45 am #

      Thanks Jill! Hope you are wonderful, and that I get to see you soon!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. talkavino October 25, 2016 at 9:02 am #

    Thank you shout out! I love this post – all the smiling faces, wine brings out genuine happiness in the people, this is amazing. You did a great job capturing all of these smiles, and all the fun which we had together. To many more, my friend! Cheers!

    Liked by 1 person

    • jimvanbergen October 25, 2016 at 11:46 am #

      You’re so welcome- Always appreciate your friendship & insight! Looking forward to seeing you again soon my friend!


  5. the drunken cyclist October 25, 2016 at 7:40 am #

    Reblogged this on mwwcblog.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Dracaena Wines October 25, 2016 at 6:15 am #

    That sure is a lot of smiles! And how can someone. It smile when they see you? Your smile is infectious!

    Liked by 1 person

    • jimvanbergen October 25, 2016 at 7:37 am #

      Thanks so much, Lori! You are part of a spectacular group of people I am very proud to call friends! What a blast we had at #WBC16! Love your work, your insight, & your friendship! I’m looking forward to seeing you again in the future! Cheers- JvB

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