A newcomer, a winemaker, a pool shark

Sep 29, 2010

This week we welcome two new bloggers to WarehamVillageSoup.

David DePonte of The Jug Shop has decided to try making wine like his forebearers did on Portugal's island of Madeira. He's preparing the barrels. He has access to a lot of family lore about winemaking. He's looking for the right grapes. And he's sharing the whole experience with WarehamVillageSoup visitors.

In his words:

"As the saying goes, if you want something done right, you must do it yourself.  Although it may not apply to what I'm about to produce, I can assure you I will not be making something that Robert Parker would give me 90+ points for.  Instead I will attempt to produce a semi-dry, red table wine that would be enjoyable to any wine novice but yet complex so that any 'wino' can nod in agreement."

Becky Hansen just moved to Wareham from New Jersey. Her "Jersey Girl" blog is about  impressions of her new town -- written to entertain and to, she hopes, get some tips from readers about where to go and what to do.

Here's how she begins:

"At 5 a.m. the first morning in my new house, I was awakened by what sounded like an animal in pain. The miserable call sounded again and again. It dawned on me that it was not an animal being tortured, but a bird's call.  After about the tenth repetition, I realized it was a rooster:  a sickly insomniac rooster. You have to understand, my experiences with roosters were limited to childhood visits to petting zoos and  Looney Tunes' Foghorn Leghorn.  I thought roosters really said 'cock-a-doodle-doo.' " 

DePonte's and Hansen's arrival on WarehamVillageSoup.com make George Dionne of Sound Tower a veteran blogger . . . which may be a surprise to him. In what is just his third post, Dionne writes about the (sort of) straight line between his earlier years as a pool player and his transformation to a rock musician. He suggests we "rack" and roll!

Want to read more from our bloggers new and old? Go to WarehamVillageSoup.com and scroll down the home page to where it says -- you guessed it -- "blogs.

"Think you'd like to join the Wareham blogosphere? Contact WarehamVillageSoup editor Jaime Rebhan at jaime@warehamweek.com.