Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Stump Jump 2011 Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre

The Stump Jump 2011 Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre has an unusual name and an equally unusual flavor. This Australian wine is rated an 89 by Wine Spectator and considered a smart buy.  Thanks to the expert blend of grapes, it tastes of raspberries, blueberries, spice and plums with slight floral notes and a hint of white pepper. It has a rich and flavorful taste that may not suit everyone but is well worth trying. According to one expert, The Stump Jump 2011 Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre will gain added complexity if carefully cellared over the next two to five years. I'm afraid that it wouldn't make it that long here. We like it too much. Enjoy!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Writing setback

I had been researching and writing like a mad woman, only to discover that I didn't like my characters and where they were going. Consequently, I put the entire project on a back burner and started a new one that has grabbed my imagination. It is a new style of romance that I want to try.

 I have also tried out some nice new (to me) wines that I will share with you soon. Right now, I have an idea to put down, so I will write more later.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Domaine Montel Merlot from Mt. Bethel Winery

Sorry that I've been away so long. To be honest, I've been just taking it easy. I have, however, discovered a wine that many of you will not be able to find. It is an Arkansas wine from Mount Bethel Winery. Domaine Montel Merlot is a rich ruby red wine, aged up to 12 months in well seasoned American White Oak, with a spicy flavor balanced by the crisp berry flavor of the Merlot grape. I found it quite enjoyable and hope that you have the opportunity to try it. You can order it on line if you live in a state that allows import by mail. Otherwise, you will just have to visit Mount Bethel in Altus, Arkansas. During your visit, drink in the scenic beauty of the Ozark mountain while sampling the offerings of five local wineries. Oh, and while you are there, try Kelts Restaurant, located on the square in Altus. They have one of the best burgers I've ever eaten.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


I've been in a zone the last few weeks, writing/re-writing/editing and accomplishing very little in the way of putting words on paper. I haven't even had time for wine and one should always make time for wine. I have, however, got one heck of a plot for the book I am working on that will transition nicely into the one I will write next.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

After The Cataclysm     My friend, Inge H. Borg, has just published book 3 of the Legends of The Winged Scarab series, a dystopian action/adventure that stands alone. Readers would benefit from having read at least Book 2 - Sirocco, Storm over Land and Sea, but Book 1, Khamsin, the Devil Wind of the Nile, does have its artifacts bridging it to its two sequels.
     After the Yellowstone Super-volcano explodes, the ghost ship, Lyubov Orlova, becomes a floating battleground between protagonists from Sirocco, Storm over Land and Sea. Afterthe Cataclysm, plunges straight into this desperate post-apocalyptic world. Egyptologist Naunet Wilkins and her scientist husband Jonathan flee their lawless homeland, accepting an uneasy offer from Egyptian archaeologist Jabari El-Masri, a fugitive from his own country. He was given refuge on Venezuela’s Isla Margarita, owned by the fanatic art collector Lorenzo Dominguez. Did El-Masri barter his Golden Tablets and the expertise of his American friends for his own exile? Once again, Naunet is torn between translating the ancient curses for the ruthless South American billionaire, and saving her future world from the dire prophecies. As another ill-wind blows, she finds her answer.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

ebooksoda honors "Mask Among The Bones"

I am proud to announce that my book, "Mask Among The Bones", is being featured on Friday March 7th 2014 at eBookSoda, a new readers' site where they'll send you ebook recommendations tailored to your taste. It was selected in a contest from entries made by many authors in multiple genres. I consider it an honor and I hope you will take the time to check it out.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

All things Bogle

We have fallen in love with Bogle wines. It's just that simple. When compared to other wines of similar varieties, Bogle seems to win every taste test. Some of my other posts have featured different Bogle variations, all very favorably. Recently, we have shared the 2011 Bogle Essential Red, the 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel and the 2011 Petite Sirah. Each wine has a wonderful aroma and rich flavors that I would compare with much more expensive offerings. I would encourage everyone to try each product that Bogle has to offer. I don't think that you would be at all disappointed. Before you ask, no, Bogle does not compensate us. I seriously doubt that they even know we exist. We just love their wines.