Saturday, November 15, 2014

Taking control

I have recently taken control of my book, "Mask Among The Bones", from the publisher that I was working with. As of yesterday, it is only available on Amazon. I wanted to avail myself of some of the opportunities that KDP offers. I am very interested in seeing if the lending library KDP offers will be helpful in getting "Mask" out there to more readers. If anyone has experience with the program, I would be interested in hearing your thoughts about it and how it worked for you.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

2012 Domaine Bousquet Reserve Malbec

Ahh. A new wine that I have to share with you. The  2012 Domaine Bousquet Reserve Malbec is a very affordable wine that has some of the most delightful tastes and aromas that I have experienced. Notes on this well balanced wine are aromas of fruit with tones of raspberry, black currant, cassis and fig over notes of chocolate and tobacco. If you like a Malbec, you have to give this one a go. It is out of Argentina and is a blend of 85% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 5% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. One more thing; it is certified to be organic. If you can find it, I would strongly urge you to give this wonderful wine a try.

2012 OZV

Good morning. Last night we shared a very nice Zin that I would encourage you to give a try. We enjoyed a 2012 Old Zin Vines (Oak Ridge) Zinfandel Lodi. It is not at all pricy and is quite enjoyable. Notes read: "An old vin Zinfandel from Lodi's oldest operating winery that offers a robust and delicious expression of California's unique terroir. Jammy with raspberry, milk chocolate and mocha flavors, soft tannins and a supple mouth feel." While that describes it fairly well, it doesn't mention the way it lingers after each sip, lingering for enhanced enjoyment. It is not overly sweet, as many Zin's are and may appeal to the more traditional red drinkers. Please give it a try and see what you think. I like it!

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.