Sunday, April 10, 2011

Please Pass the Syrah, Merlot ... or the Mystery White Wine

by Leann

I signed my new release at Murder By the Book yesterday. Very fun. In the past, when I was writing my Yellow Rose mysteries I always sent a bouquet of yellow roses to the store and the vase of flowers would sit at the signing table next to me. Then, my cousin told me about a New York state wine called "Abby Rose." For those who don't know, she's the heroine of the Yellow Rose books. I took a bottle of that wine to a signing or two at the store.

As I considered what to do for the cat series, I realized that the last couple times, I'd taken nothing but bookmarks to offer to those in attendance. It's not like my cats would be welcome. There is a darling resident dog in the store, after all, and who knows what chaos would reign. But then it dawned on me. Wine again! Three main character cats named after wine. What could be better?

But I soon discovered that one of the wines I named my cats after has gone the way of vampire books. Pinot grigio and sauvigon blanc are the favored "white." In the words of a famous super model, "Your either in or you're out." Chablis is definitely OUT. For someone who no longer drinks anything alcoholic, this was a surprise. Oh, you can get it in boxes, but a big, old box of wine at my signing was not what I had in mind. So, there was merlot from the Yellow Tail winery, syrah from Kendall Jackson and the mystery white. It's called "House White" and who knows what grape created it. But since there is a lovely house on my book cover, it was the best fit.

Will chablis, like vampires, make a comeback? Will anyone care? Or is the wine I used to drink gone, gone, gone?