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Wine and Romance

Promised myself I would note all the good wines we tried and want to try again; Last night it was a luscious red Il Primo, Selezionato di Alberto Romeo Sangiovese Shiraz 2007. The Times describes it as a new world wine with an Italian heart, and talks about plum and cherry notes with a hint of tobacco.

Don't know about that, cherry notes in anything except fresh cherries make me shudder. I couldn't detect it...all I detected was a red wine that really didn't need food to justify it, let alone the pizza and chicken wings we devoured around its loveliness; it didn't mind such riff-raff company and carried itself like a rose among thorns.

Speaking of which, I may well need a rose. Unlike many of my friends, I am not going to a castle, because I have a day show on Sunday, so I guess the point is to make the best of it. I am trying to write a romance, and I feel about as romantic as a kitchen duster. Earlier in the week I bought some beautiful flowers, striped and multi-coloured tulips plus elegant amyryllises? amaryllii? Lovely though they are, they aren't triggering my romance buttons. I guess now would be the moment for roses, but I detest those thorn-free, scent-free, personality free nigh on rose-free roses to be found in every supermarket and most florists. I want a real rose!

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caffeine_fairy
Jan. 16th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
I think the mark of a really good wine is that it can stand up to a fish finger sandwich.
smokingboot
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
Ooooooooh I haven't had a fish finger sandwich in years!
caffeine_fairy
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
They are every bit as good as you remember them being.
smokingboot
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
I always felt uncomfortable about loving them, cos I am a brown sauce fan, and the two tribes never mix. For fishfingers, tomato ketchup is the only accompaniment. There, what a betrayer I am!
caffeine_fairy
Jan. 16th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
Food colouring is obviously your friend ;o)
smokingboot
Jan. 16th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
Nuffinrongwivbraaaaaaansorce innit?

blackcurrants
Jan. 17th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
"For fishfingers, tomato ketchup is the only accompaniment."

Or, if you're in the mood, Thai-ish sweet chili dipping sauce. Srsly.
blackcurrants
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
Your (rightful!) dismissal of poor, flabby, scentless roses reminded me of the extraordinary roses in Robin Mckinley's "Rose Daughter". Heh. Beauty and the Beast is alllll about the roses.
smokingboot
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
My story needs a rose garden in Paris...I am trying to evoke it in my mind, perhaps some music, 'Pavanne for a dead Princess,' may help. True romance is difficult for me to write.

Never read 'Rose Daughter,' will look out for it. Strange how flowers have moods. I'm never quite convinced that a rose is a rose is a rose. I often suspect that Beauty and the Beast would have ended quite differently if the rose had been white.
blackcurrants
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
Heck, Beauty and the Beast would have ended a lot differently if the rose had been a daisy...
yes, roses are very complicated indeed. And fab. It was fun playing a character who deliberately associated herself with them.

If you can't get a satisfactory flower, might I suggest skipping that part and just smelling OF roses? Jo Malone's Red Roses cologne, perhaps? Not too sticky, but inTENSEly roses-y.
smokingboot
Jan. 16th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
If the beast's rose had been a daisy, he'd have stayed a beast and they'd all have just got over it!

Finding a good rose scent is difficult. I have Stella which is lovely but pointless; it lasts about 10 minutes on my skin. The studio just gave me a breakfast show tomorrow, so I have no choice but to go to Selfridges afterwards and dowse myself in JM Red Rose or my muse will never appear and the story won't get written!

You are clearly an agent of fate...
ravenrigan
Jan. 16th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
Send me your snail mail addy and I'll pop a couple of GC BPAL roses in with your Candy Butcher. Rose on me just goes "Hai there I'm Rose, I'm here with, Oh well whatever, OMG, did I mention that I'm ROSE!!!!!!" so their subtleties are entirely wasted on me.

smokingboot
Jan. 19th, 2009 11:43 am (UTC)
You darling, thank you! I am sending you my address via private message xxx
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