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Sunday Salon: Wine-tacular (not whine-tacular)

April 26, 2009

The Sunday Salon.comHappy Sunday, all! It’s been spectacularly nice out here for the past four or five days, and we took advantage of that by going to a local wine festival yesterday – $20 gets you a tasting glass, and all of the local wine samples you can drink. It was good fun, there was lots of good wine… and some not-so-good stuff, but I ruined my palate pretty early on by sampling a lot of the sweet stuff first, so it really wasn’t an impartial judgment for a lot of the rest. I also managed not to get sunburnt or sick, so chalk that up to a win.

Today I have to run the errands I skipped out on yesterday… plus I am wicked behind on reviews, thanks to the read-a-thon, plus me just not being inspired to write this last week. (Although I *did* finally manage to catch up on my feed reader, hooray!) But, I will get at least a few of them done today, so some reviews to look forward to in the next week or two are:

California Demon by Julie Kenner
The Book of Ballads by Charles Vess
Apologize, Apologize! by Elizabeth Kelly
– Review Revisited: His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
Exodus by Julie Bertagna
Jack of Fables, Vol. 1: The (Nearly) Great Escape by Bill Willingham
Jack of Fables, Vol. 2: Jack of Hearts by Bill Willingham

If you guys have any questions for me about any of those titles, leave ’em in the comments, and I’ll answer them in my review!

What about you guys? All caught up on your reviews? Any fun Sunday plans?

15 Comments leave one →
  1. April 26, 2009 9:19 am

    Congratulations on catching up with your feed reader. Sometimes it seems like an impossible thing to do. The picture of the tulip is gorgeous!

  2. April 26, 2009 9:26 am

    A few of those books sound interesting! I’ll have to check them out.

  3. April 26, 2009 11:54 am

    Mmm, wine. We did a hefe-weizen taste test last night at my house using wine glasses. :-)

  4. April 26, 2009 12:02 pm

    I don’t think I will ever catch up on my feed reader. :) I’m glad you had such a fun day!

  5. April 26, 2009 12:23 pm

    I have no particular questions, but I’ll be interested in reading your responses to THE BOOK OF BALLADS and the two JACK OF FABLES titles!

  6. April 26, 2009 12:52 pm

    I’ll look forward to reading your take on His Majesty’s Dragon. I loved it and I’ll be reading the sequel as soon as I can pry it out of my hubby’s hands. :-)

  7. April 26, 2009 1:49 pm

    Looks like you’ve got some good reviews coming up this week! The wine-tasting event sounds like such fun.

  8. April 26, 2009 1:49 pm

    ps your tulips are just gorgeous!

  9. April 26, 2009 3:17 pm

    Wine-tasting sounds like so much fun. Looking forward to your reviews this week and love the picture!

  10. April 26, 2009 5:09 pm

    bermudaonion – I was determined not to hit “mark all as read” this time!

    Jen – They were all pretty-to-very good.

    Kelly – That totally counts!

    Alyce – Oh, it’s already filling back up again.

    Memory – Considering yours was one of the reviews that lead me to pick up Book of Ballads in the first place…

    Julie – I’ve got a few other ARCs/library books to read first, but then I’ll be diving into the sequels as well!

    Belle – The wine tasting was a blast… not least because I didn’t have to drive. :)

    Meghan – Thanks! The pic’s actually from a week or two ago; those tulips are done, but there are some pink and white ones blooming now.

  11. April 26, 2009 6:17 pm

    Wine tastings are awesome! Glad you had fun.

  12. April 27, 2009 4:50 am

    No where near caught up on my reviews. Hopefully that will change soon because the next 10 or so I’ve already written them, just need to post. Maybe get back into doing one a day instead of one every two days again hopefully. I did get caught up on my Google Reader though!!! Ooh, wine tasting sounds like fun :)

  13. Shanra permalink
    April 27, 2009 11:22 am

    Sounds like a fun weekend!

    Questions… Well, I’ve only read two of those books…

    How well did you think the stories in The Book of Ballads got translated to comic/GN format?

    What did you think of the authors’ interpretations/retellings of the ballads? Were there any where you couldn’t see the author’s influence at all? Some where you could see them very clearly?

    I’m guessing those’ll be things you’ll talk about anyway, but I’m curious. Also, did you know any of the ballads (in any form) prior to reading the books and, if so, what did you think of the translation they got?

    And that’s me all questioned out. I fail at questions, I’m sorry. ^-^; Do take care of yourself before the reviews, though!

    I’m all caught up on my reviews, aye, but then I read far less than you and tend to have enough time on my hands to review them straight away. My Sunday plans consisted of attending a fair/convention. ’twas a lot of fun, but since I talked about it at length on my own blog, I shall leave it at this. ^-^

    Hope your week is off to a great start!

  14. April 28, 2009 1:36 pm

    I love those wine tasting tours. I usually end with the sweet wines because sometimes just one will ruin the rest for me. I’m surprised they didn’t have some water or something else there to clear the palate in between tastings…they usually do.

  15. April 29, 2009 8:14 pm

    Elizabeth – This was the first one I’d been to that had multiple wineries all in one place – I’m definitely going back next year!

    Ladytink – I’ve got several posts put together, but waiting for reviews, so you’re definitely ahead of me there.

    Shanra – I think I hit all of your questions in my review, thanks!

    Serena – I usually prefer sweet wines, and the first few tables I went to, the sweet wines just sounded the best off the tasting menu… and then after a while, even the semi-sweets just got kind of yech.

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