Sunday, July 15, 2012

Wine and The Woods

Wine and The Woods
By Leslie D. Soule

  These two things seem incongruous at first - a glass of wine, and a forest setting. Yet these images are often invoked side-by-side. Pinot Noir has a flavor that is supposed to be reminiscent of the forest, for example. Well, yesterday while shopping at Big Lots (my new favorite store since I acquired my house) I looked through the wine aisle. I'd perused a Wine for Dummies book a while back and remembered what it had to say about choosing wine - that price has very little to do with quality, and to choose simply by taste.

  Since my Fallenwood books take place in a forest setting much of the time, when I saw the bottle of Forestville 2011 Malbec for only four dollars, I knew I had to have it.

  Peter Mayle wrote an excellent book titled A Good Year, which was then made into a movie starring Russell Crowe and which is, to date, my favorite chick flick. Well in the book, a wine class takes place, and the students compare the wine to "...everything, in essence, except grapes." So I shall try this exercise, and say that the wine has a bold, fruit flavor with notes of cinnamon and tastes like it would pair well with brie. It also tastes like something I'd be pleased to drink as I sit around a campfire, telling stories to a band of elves.

(Here we see Elrond, Lord of Rivendell, about to get his drink on...)

  Make of that what you will. This wine gets my stamp of approval. 

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