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An Open Invitation For Posts: Wine and the Sea

Nooms, Reiner. Merchant Vessel at Anchor. 1658.  Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna. From Web Gallery of Art.

Nooms, Reiner. Merchant Vessel at Anchor. 1658. Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna. From Web Gallery of Art.

I have long been interested in the history of wine  and until recently, most of my reading has been of printed books.   This year I have spent an ever increasing amount of time conducting my own research to write historical posts for my blog.  In doing so I have come across a wide range of online digital collections and history blogs.  I have read fascinating posts about the history of science, history of gardens, and history of crime.  These posts tend to present an original topic with illustrations based on research using both digital and print sources.  There are universities, libraries, and organizations coordinating and disseminating links to these posts.  While there are many wine blogs producing a large array of content, there are few posts about the history of wine that are well researched and cited.  I feel there are many topics within the history of wine which have yet to be explored.  To help develop this part of wine writing Erin Scala (Thinking Drinking) and I will present research topics and invite others to join us in writing coordinated posts about the history of wine.

Here is how it will work:

1. We will release a topic. Our first topic is “Wine and the Sea.” You may interpret this however you like. All that we ask is that your post includes some form of research, and that you cite your sources in a bibliography. We also ask that you follow ethical writing practices, such as obtaining permission for all images used, and abstaining from plagiarism.

2. With each topic there are two posting deadlines. The deadline for your post on “Wine and the Sea” is November 30th, 2013. Please post your research blog to your website between 12:00am and 8:00am EST on November 30th, 2013. If you have no website, but want to participate, contact Erin or Aaron about having one of us host your article.

3. The second deadline is a post that incorporates links to the other participants’ posts. This can occur, ideally, as an appendix to your research post, or it can be a separate blog posting. The idea is that when a reader finds one of our posts, they will be able to connect to the entire symposium topic. We will send out a complete set of links the day after the blog posting deadline. This will be due December 2nd, 2013. Please post your links to the complete symposium between 12:00am and 8:00am EST.

4. To participate, fill out this simple form. One week before the symposium articles are posted, we will publish all of the participant websites together so that we may all easily browse the symposium articles on the release date.

Doris Handrus – Wine and the Sea
Graham Harding (Wine As Was) – On the scale from Riches to ruin: the cargo of champagne in R.L. Stevenson’s Ebb-Tide
Frank Morgan (Drink what YOU like) – Wine and the Sea — Consider the Oyster
Erin Scala (Thinking Drinking) – Wine and the Sea: Aphrodite Rising
Adam Zolkover (Twice Cooked) – Madeira, Wine, and The Sea

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  1. August 28, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Hi Aaron

    Would the Annual Whitebait dinners held by the British cabinet (and opposition) in the C19 in Greenwich count??

    They were held until the 1880s in The Trafalgar and the Ship in Greenwich, always featuring whitebait (tiny fish fresh from the sea) as well as a range of other fish dishes (and meat).

    The other possibility would be to follow up something I wrote in The Wine Miscellany on ‘the wine-dark sea’. Why did Homer use that term? What did he mean; why might he have said that? After all no wine is the colour of the sea. It gets into some interesting discussions about people acquire the sense of colour and what colours they see first (in developmental terms).



    Sent from my iPad

    • August 28, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Hello Graham,

      Thank you for commenting right away. As long as they drank some wine, absolutely. The sea portion is certainly covered by The Ship and the fresh whitebait. I think this will make for an interesting post.



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