It's Tuesday, so it's time for another guest blogger. I've really been enjoying all of my guests so far, and we still have so many interesting guests yet to come. Today I have the amazing MJ Compton on the blog. Let's learn a little about her and see what she has to say...
MJ Compton grew up near Cardiff, New York, a place best known for its giant, which inspired her to create her own fiction.
Although her 30-year career in local television included such highlights as being bitten by a lion, preempting a US President for a college basketball game, giving a three-time world champion boxer a few black eyes, a mention in the Drudge Report, and meeting her husband, MJ never lost her dream of writing her own stories.
MJ still lives in upstate New York with her husband. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Central New York Romance Writers. Music and cooking are two of her passions, and she enjoys baseball and college basketball, but she’s primarily focused on wine . . . and writing.
PUTTING THE “H” IN WINE
By MJ Compton
One of the great joys of my life (it doesn’t take much) is to mock pretentious wine reviews—not all wine reviews, but those that go over the top, the top being defined by me.
It started when I was reading a review of a New York State Riesling and ran into the phrase “mineral clang.” I not only ran into it, I splatted against it. First of all, wine tasting notes are based on aroma and taste. “Clang,” the last time I checked, was an audible thing. The only sound wine should make is when the cork pops on a bottle of sparkling.
I started paying more attention to tasting notes and collecting the more absurd ones: freshly dug celeriac root; shoe polish; clean river stones. I reached out to a person in the wine business and asked him about some of these bizarre comparisons. He told me when he trained sales reps, he would use river stones to teach the aroma. I asked: “are they clean stones or stones from a clean river?” He laughed. He also didn’t know.
Respected wine writer Jancis Robinson recently wrote: “…particularly true of wine reviews generated in the US, where 10 different flavours, some of them questionable to say the least (grilled watermelon, anyone?), identified in a single liquid is commonplace nowadays.”
I started tweeting some of the sillier notes I’ve encountered (with editorial input from me).
· “Bright, fresh, clean flavors of. . .shoe polish.” This inquiring mind wants to know: black or cordovan?
· “Notes of . . . tarry smoke . . . push through midpalate and on the finish.” Road construction? Oh, yum!
· “peach and almond aromas. . . with a pleasant bitter-almond quality in the finish.” Cyanide poisoning anyone?
· “Earthy grip, dirt, rocks, sand, gravel, all good.” Pairs perfectly with a mud pie.
· “With the concentration of motor oil.” The Official Wine of #NASCAR?
· “Dark and brooding at first" #GOTHIC #ROMANCE# HERO in a bottle!
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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/MJCompton/e/B00J9DFFIG/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
You know I'm going to go start checking out wine reviews now, right? How about you? LOL If you want to learn more about MJ and her latest book, Summer Fling (see cover above) from Loose ID, you can find it on her website or go pick up a copy at http://www.loose-id.com/summer-fling.html
I'll be back on Friday with some news I think you'll all be VERY happy about!
Until next time!