Since I was shut out of the Edgars and other career-changing awards for the fourth book in a row, there's not much for me to talk about on the crime fiction front today. I'm working on a new book, still working on a PLOTS WITH GUNS slam-bangin' double issue, and staring at the enormous piles of filthy snow outside my window, knowing that the weekend will bring more on top of it all. And this semester, the day job has plenty of important tasks keeping me busy.
So I'll instead talk about why I prefer cheap red wine to beer.
1) I'm pretty sure I'm allergic to hops. That sucks. The only beer I can really drink without feeling sick is the cheapest possible mass-market swill, and Mexican beer with lime in it. I'm pretty sure the lime ceviches the hell out of the hops or something.
2) Beyond that, I like how individual the whole wine thing is. Seems like lots of people are having a go at making wine, which results in really cool, cheap, drinkable stuff with awesome labels that gives a stiff middle finger to the fancy-pants side of the industry. So, yeah, I mostly decide based on labels. Sad, ain't I?
3) It's sweet. As a lifelong Coca-cola drinker, I like sweet.
4) I like buying screwtop wines and then watching my wine-drinking friends recoil in horror when I tell them about how good screwtops are. Three Thieves did the screwtop thing for their jugs. And I'm pretty sure I bought an Argyle Pinot Noir with a screwtop several years back. I just discovered Big House Wine, all of its varieties screwtopped. Also good to stun wine snobs: boxes of wine (or kegs in Red Truck's case), or even better, the Bandit single-serving juice box of wine.
5) Makes food taste fancier. Even double cheeseburgers and, as I had last night, Totino's Pizza.
7) Doesn't just feel like booze. More like a hobby.
8) I like saying things like, "I note hints of cherry, blackberries, oak, and menthol cigarettes."
9) Also, "The front of the wine is kinda cough-syrupy, but then it blooms into splendid...um...grapes or something, and finishes like a car with an oil leak" (And that's high praise!)
10) And let's be honest: I'm a lightweight, so the fact that I can drink a couple of glasses and then switch to ice water for the rest of the night without wanting to scrape my tongue free of beer aftertaste is a good, good thing.
You got a particularly favored booze? You a beer snob? A mixed-drink type? Hardcore alkie?
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