Archive for January, 2013

I will be signing books at Miraflores Winery in Placerville, California next weekend, February 9 and 10. We will be launching my third novel, Double Down. Come sip some wine and have your book signed. We will have pearls for sale as well, just in time for Valentine’s Day.


I’m about one quarter of the way throough writing my fourth novel called, Uncorked. I am researching every day about the wine business, and am coming across all kinds of wine facts. For example:

One acre of an established vineyard averages:

4-5 tons of grapes, which is 10,000 pounds

13.51 barrels of wine

797 gallons of wine

3,958 bottles of wine

15,940 glasses of wine

One barrel of wine contains:

740 pounds of grapes

59 gallons of wine

24.6 cases of wine

295 bottles of wine

1,180 glasses of wine

My third novel in the Arnie Darrow series will be avaialble on Amazon by the end of the month. The book takes place in Nevada nad revolves around the gaming industry.

Here are some more interesting facts about wine that I came acroos while researching for Uncorked:

Red wines are red because fermentation extracts color from the grape skins. White wines are not fermented with the skins present.

In the whole of the Biblical Old Testament, only the Book of Jonah has no reference to the vine or wine.

Early Roman women were forbidden to drink wine, and a husband who found his wife drinking was at libety to kill her. Divorce on the same grounds was las recorded in Rome in 194 B.C.


2 heads romaine lettuce, shredded

1 apple, diced

1 avacado, sliced

1/2 cup cooked red quinoa

1/2 cup cooked green peas

1/4 cup chopped pecans

2 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese


1 orange, juiced

celery seed, sprinkle

beau monde, sprinkle

garlic salt, sprinkle

sherry vinegar, drizzle

chili infused olive oil, drizzle

sea salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

Toss well. Serves 10


Here are some more interesting wine facts that I came across while researching for my novel Uncorked:

Since wine tasting is essentially smelling, women tend to be better wine testers because women, particularly of reproductive ages, have a better sense of smell than men.

In ancient Greece, a dinner host would take the first sip of wine to assure guests the wine was not poisoned, hence the phrase “drinking to one’s health.”

“Toasting started in ancient Rome when the Romans continued the Greek tradition but started dropping a piece of toasted bread into each wine glass to temper undesirable tastes of excessive acidity.


Every day, while doing research for my books, I come across all kinds of interesting information. I thought that it would be fun to share this information with you. I hope that you find it interesting as well.

I am currently working on my fourth novel, called Uncorked. it is naturally about the wine business. Her are a few fun wine facts:

The smell of young wine is called an “aroma” while a more mature wine offers a more subtle Bouquet.”

A “cork-tease” is someone who constantly talks about the wine he or she will open but never does.

An Italian study argies that women who drink two glasses of wine a day have better sex than those who don’t drink at all.



Simple Salad

6 romaine leaves, torn

1 roma tomato, sliced

1/2 avacadao, sliced

1/4 cucumber, peeled and sliced

1 oz.shredded parmesan

1 tablespoon sunflower seeds


1/2 lemon, juiced

drizzle extra virgin olive oil

celery seed, sprinkle

beau monde, sprinkle

garlic salt, srprinkle

fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Seves 2



Foie Gras

Beautiful presentation at Lone Eagle Grill.


6 Boston lettuce leaves, shredded

2 green onions, chopped

1/2 avacado, sliced

1/8 cup pecan pieces

2 Tablespoons shredded cheddar chesse


1/2  lemon, juiced

Beau Monde, sprinking

Celery seed, sprinkling

Garlic salt, sprinking

Fresh ground pepper, to taste

Jalepeno olive oil, drizzle

Extra Virgin olive oil, drizzle

Serves 2