Saturday, March 21, 2015

#WineNewsRoundUp: Cheap Wine, Christies, Eco-Friendly Wine, and Sherry

Oh snap, some of those cheap wines that you have been drinking could contain arsenic. Yikes! There is a lawsuit against Sutter Homes and Franzia to name a few.

Christie's has kicked off their wine season to allow you to get vintages from around the globe.

Looking for some eco-friendly wines? Here are ten that just may be worth sipping! These wines are great for those who want to stay green.

Ever watch Frasier?  He goes on and on about sherry.  Ever wonder what it is? Find out about six types of sherry so that you are in the know. Sherry is making a comeback!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Books & Wine Pairings: The Book of Life, The Gilded Cuff, and The Book of Lost Fragrances

Now you know that I love pairing wine with things besides food, so I had an "aha moment". What could be better than a good book and a glass of wine.. well maybe chocolate and good sex, but besides those two things..nothing is better. So, I will start to bring you book and wine pairings, it will mainly be romance and erotic books. Every once in a while on my podcast, Bruja On Books, there is a self-help book that is a must read so I will pair those as well.

Read and sip on...santé!

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
Pair with: Vampire Pinot Noir

When I was at BEA (Book Expo America )  I happened to walk past people who were standing in line talking about a witch book. They said if I liked witches, I had to get in line to get a copy of The Book of Life. I'm glad I listened to them. This book is one that gets your brain moving because it contains a lot of information to keep up with. Let's just say when a witch and vampire get together, magick hits the fan. Vampire’s pinot noir is the perfect selection to pair with this book in celebration of the character, Matthew Clairmont. With a around 576 pages in this book, you may need a few bottles of wine.

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

The Gilded Cuff by Lauren Smith

I found out about this book because Smith came on my podcast, Bruja On Books. I had such a great time interviewing her. BDSM is in vogue right now, so some of you may be looking for a new book since you have read 50 Shades. Maybe 50 Shades was not your bag of tea, either way, if you want to give another BDSM book a try, this is a good one. The book is BDSM light and has intriguing characters with a good plot. Since the book’s location is in Long Island, NY, I paired with a wine from that area. The Shinn Estate Brut is nice and crisp, like the luxurious BDSM club in The Gilded Cuff. Make sure you get some sexy snacks to go along with this one.

Journalist Sophie Ryder has been following Emery Lockwood's story since she was a little girl. There has always been something in his haunted eyes that she couldn't resist and now, when she's certain he holds the key to solving a string of kidnappings, she'll do anything to speak to him. Even if it means venturing deep into the seductive world of the Gilded Cuff, a luxurious BDSM club on Long Island's Gold Coast and Emery's personal playground.

The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose
Pair with: Chateau Vieux Meyney Bordeaux

If you are a perfume lover, you will adore this book. First of all, M.J. Rose is simply fabulous as a writer, plus she is always a good time when I have seen her in person. In this book, she interweaves fragrance and history. The scents come alive in her descriptions. I paired it with a wonder Bordeaux that I recently discovered. When I opened the bottle the aroma was so beautiful it reminded me of a perfume. It was the first wine that I thought of to pair with this book. The book and wine will really get your senses going. Enjoy the journey!

Jac L'Etoile is haunted by her past, her memories are infused with exotic scents due to being heir to a storied French perfume company. She moves to America to flee the pain of her mother's suicide.  It is fourteen years later, she and her brother, Robbie, have inherited the company. Robbie hints at a big family secret, then he goes missing meanwhile a dead body is found. Jac goes back to Paris to investigate with the legend of the House of L'Etoile continuing to haunting her. Can a sent unlock reincarnation or is it a dream infused perfume?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Cheap Wine Versus Expense Wine Taste Test

Buzzfeed got in on the wine business. Here's a super fun video of their employees doing wine tastings of cheap versus expensive wine.

See what they have to say.. Cheers!