by Philip M. Anderson
This is just so embarrassing. The length of my hiatuses have continued to increase over time instead of reduce. It’s been OVER a year since my last blog post. In fact, last Sunday would have been a perfect time to write one since I have a history of predicting Super Bowl winners and I didn’t even find (make?) the time to do that. So, with all of this in mind, I plan on bribing you back with a little bit of fun.
Is it possible that the personalities of men can be identified by certain wine varietals? For example, have you met somebody that had wicked good looks but was someone many described as a bad boy? Yet, despite that fact, you were tempted to hang out with that person? Do you know somebody that makes you smile every time he opens his mouth, because of his comic wit and hilarity? Is there somebody you’ve encountered that is melodic in every way? One that can absorb you in his mystery like a fine musical instrument? Then you’ve met men who are like Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Malbec, respectively.
These are just some of the examples author, Anne Violette, embellishes on in her book, Men Are Like Wine: Intoxicating Humor (2012 Awesome Writer; Amazon, $19.97). I was reluctant to read a book that the title implies could include some men bashing but was pleasantly surprised to see there was none of that! A very funny, well written book that pairs wine varietals with men’s personality while teaching you about the subtle nuances of wine. By the end of the book, the reader realizes they have much more knowledge about wine than when they began (remember what I always say, with just a little bit of knowledge wine becomes much less overwhelming)! All, without feeling like you’re in school.
“At first Sauvignon Blanc is bright, flavorful and magnetic. He will shower you with attention and make you laugh.” - Describing Sauv.
The description on Amazon suggests you “sip, don’t guzzle this deliciously entertaining comparison between the personalities of men to the characteristics of 21 of the world’s most loved varieties of wines.” I don’t know, I felt like I WAS guzzling much of the time because I was consumed (but I didn’t OVER consume!) by these 21 short tales of different wine and their counterpart. Anne uses the short story model to describe each person….er, wine, in full, radiant brilliance.
Anne wants the reader to not take things too seriously with this book but to just sit back (with a glass of your favorite wine would be encouraged), enjoy and have fun with this lighthearted book. Do you prefer your men over the top, sugary, dry, tight, sweet, refreshing, mature, rich, rare? Does your perfect man have depth? Multiple layers? Does he remind you of brewing coffee or luxurious chocolate? Is he crisp or tart? Whatever the description, you will find there is a varietal of wine that pairs perfectly with his personality.
“Beaujolais will bring that fun, deliciously sinful feeling of lust that you may have forgotten ever existed. Just like the younger man, Beaujolais is playful and fun. Divorcees are sure to love it.” - Describing Beau.
How does one even come up with this sort of idea anyway? ”I was doing research for another writing project, and while reading the descriptions used by the wine critics I thought, ‘Wow, these are so complex. It sounds as if they are talking about a real person’”, says the author, Anne Violette. And that ”led me to think about turning each type of popular wine into a personality that matched the characteristics of the wine, but instead of using a real person’s name he would have a name of the wine he represented.” Voila! A book!
It took 4 years to write since the research was extensive, to make the descriptions match up appropriately with their “personalities”. ”My passion for wine (and men) began around the same time frame”, explains Anne. ”What a coincidence!”
“Champagne’s naturally bubbly and zesty personality is sure to liven up any room. Just remember that Champagne loses its fizz quickly.” – Describing Champ.
Men Are Like Wine is a very fun way for a couple to enjoy an evening reading together. In fact, since Valentines Day is just around the corner, wouldn’t this be a great way of starting your night out? Open a bottle (or two) (or three) of your favorite wine and cozy up next to one another and read a chapter each. Anne Violette has come up with a very unique book that will bring the two of you, as well as your wine knowledge, together in fun fashion!
I hope you get a chance to read this book. To order order your copy from Amazon just click HERE and if you do it immediately, you might just get it by Valentines Day. If not, no worries. Love and romance can live every day of the year if you choose. Another book to check out is, Love By The Glass by John Brecher and Dorothy Gaiter, which readers of the blog will certainly remember as the book I fell in love with many years ago. Just think, Open That Bottle Night (which is coming up very soon!).
Some things to look forward to in the future are posts about Verdejo, Farm Boy, Open That Bottle Night and even a guest post! I want to sincerely thank you for reading this post. If you want to get in touch with me you can “Like” my Facebook page, “Follow” me on Twitter or write me at email@example.com. Until next time, bottoms up!