The Romance of Wine

This is all about Fine Wine and what I refer to as Wine Magic. There are so many ways to enjoy Wine, and when you add Wine to specific activities, Magic happens. Calming, relaxing and stress relieved Wine Magic!

Activities To Best Enjoy Along a Glass of Fine Wine, creating Wine Magic!

A Relaxing Bath or Jacuzzi

It starts out with a relaxing thought of a very HOT bubble bath, and a Glass of Fine Wine. Maybe a dark and rich RED, or a calming (not too sweet) White. Some candles lit for ambiance and your own created space of calm. A place where you can relax, de-stress and just be you. Forget the daily stress, the work undone at the office, or maybe the hard day with the kids.

You have been waiting for this alone time. This time for you, your Fine Wine, maybe a book. Your time of Peace. Where you can just breathe… You can add more Hot Water, Pour another Glass, and just prolong the Peace.

Magic Leading to Romance:

Then there is the Wine Magic that kicks in when you are looking to create that romantic moment with your Lover. Entice them into the hot bath you made with complete intent for a romantic evening with just the two of you. Away from anything, anyone else. (No cell phones, no computers, no TV) Just the two of you, some Fine Wine, and the Magic is set to happen. You can relax, and just be the two of you together.

While Women and Baths seem more common, by all rights the Joys of a Hot Bath and a Glass of Fine Wine are not just for Women (not in this Century). One try, and almost any Man will see the calming value of some Alone Time with a Fine Wine in hand under the bubbles in a Hot Tub. Try it once, and you will know how amazing it feels. You will see why letting the significant Woman in your life enjoy a Hot Bath 2 to 3 times a week is worth doing the extra chores or take the kids out to the park to allow it to happen. She will be relaxed, and your efforts to allow her the complete peace and quiet will be worth it for you both.

Jacuzzi and Wine?

An awesome idea if you ask me. Outdoors, under the Moon, the Sun, or as the Sun Sets. A Glass of Fine Wine, and time for enjoying the Fresh Air, the Bubbles, and Massaging of the Jets on your Back. Reflect on your day, your week, your life. And think about the future.

Make any Meal into an “Event”

It starts with an Elegant Wine. Then you pair it with the perfect foods, and turn the Meal into an “Event”. From food pairings such as fruit, cheeses, chocolate to the more complete Dish to accompany the Rich Wine. Wine Magic will be happening with each taste, sip, and repeated Joy with each Bite, each swallow.

Many of us do not know enough about the many different wines and different varieties of wines. More so, we have not experienced enough of these different wines to know what pairs best with them, other than trial and error. Or maybe you have been fortunate enough to go with a suggested Wine and Food pairing at a Fancy Restaurant, or with a Wine knowledgeable friend.

Ever tried the taste sensations with that perfect Fine Wine and Grapes, Soft White Cheese, Blue Cheese Assortment, or Gouda Cheese? The tastes alter in degrees of pleasantries with various Wines and Wine Varieties. Add in some melon wrapped in Proscuitto Ham, and the right Fine Wine. Sometimes the simple accompaniments can make for an “Event”.

A great French Dip becomes “Spectacular” with the right wine. Take that Super Meaty Sub from your favorite Deli and create a true “Event”. Something simple, becomes exquisite. Looking for an easy, yet memorable “Event” with your Loved One? This is quite the treat, and creates a “Take Out Sensation of Tastes”. All from the addition of Fine Wine.

The options are almost endless. Start with a Fine Wine, and add the Food. BOOM! Just like that, your “Event” is ready to happen.

Women and Wine – Perfect Combination!

When women get together with friends it’s usually a creation of laughs, inside jokes and usually some sort of trouble. Add the perfect pairing of Delicious Wine, some Glasses, and the Party is ready to go. From the first pour to the last, everything becomes fun.

Surrounding your Girlfriends with Fine Food, Fine Wine and Great Company (You Know Best). Women know how to enjoy themselves. They can relax, together in a cozy environment, either dressed to the “9’s” or in their pajamas. Enjoying make-up tips and techniques, to enjoying a Romance Film Marathon. All made even better with the addition of Fine Wine to round out the time spent together.

From Clubbing, to a night out on the Town. A bottle of Wine (or three) shared with the girlfriends is sure to create some great times for all. Get ready to bury the stresses and worries, and enjoy your companions, support group, and besties.

Grab a Glass (or Bottle) and enjoy the Wine Magic as you dance the night away, relaxed and worry-free.

How about those romantic dinners, or classical music in the park outings? Ever go up the Canyon to enjoy a campfire, some dark chocolate, and oh… some really good Merlot? If you haven’t I highly recommend it.

Wine is known as the elixir of life. It has been around for Centuries, a literal gift from the Gods. Used to celebrate and reflect on ones life, life achievements and special occasions. Something that makes each moment remarkable… Fine Wine.

Enhance the party, gathering, or romantic party of two with a fine wine!

How To Find Romance When You Feel Perpetually Single

Are you searching for that special someone but still coming up empty? Are you tired of spending your nights alone, watching that same old movie with only a Coke and a bowl of popcorn to keep you company? Experience tells me that when you move from one end of the pendulum to the other, you will eventually swing back to the center and find your match there. Let me explain.

Two options stare you in the face: you can start looking in a new place for romance, or you can quit looking altogether.

Choose the first option. Start looking somewhere new if romance continues to run from you. Consider alternative forms of dating, like online dating if you’ve not already gone there. If you’ve exhausted your online options, then take off those slippers and put on your dress shoes, because you need to get out in the real world more. Involve yourself in the world around you by taking more classes, going to more parties, and involving yourself in something community oriented that piques your interest. Engage accomplices by asking your friends to keep their eyes open for good matches.

Consider changing your approach to relating and finding romance. If you’ve hogged the conversation in the past, try opening your ears to listen more. If you avoid eye contact, focus on keeping those peepers up during the date. If your wardrobe looks like a spinster’s, then consult a good fashion magazine and update your closet.

Someone wise once said that if you keep doing what you’re doing, you’re going to keep getting what you’re getting. So test the boundaries! Move from one end of the edge to the other and you might just find new and fun experiences as well as dates in your path.

You say you’ve tried all that? You’ve tried online dating and community classes and you’ve spiced up your wardrobe and sought out extremes, but still you find yourself alone with that ever staling popcorn. You’re tired of looking, and you’re tired of waiting.

Then take a break. Don’t just quit, but take a break. The best things happen when you’re not trying to find them, right? Isn’t that what people say? It’s true, you know.

“That’s too easy,” you say. “You say it, but can you do it? How can I stop looking for something that I want so badly.”

Trust me. You can do it. Give yourself time. Do it by jumping into activities that you feel passionate about. Basically, do what you love. Focus on having fun.

And as you do this, you will find yourself finding meaning in life. While you’re not trying to forget about the possibility of romance, you’re making the best of the life you’ve got. Pour yourself into doing the things you enjoy. Just because you do this doesn’t mean you’ve given up on romance. But instead, you’ve given up on the powerful need for a relationship. Do what you love, and what you want will follow.

Romance from the American West: Raven Dove

Raven Dove (Whiskey Press, 2005) is an historical romance by Joanne Walpole. Joanne’s first novel shares with us the tragedy and success of Vivien Clinton, a lonely neglected girl in the small town of Wagoner in the American Southwest. Living with her abusive Uncle, Vivien has grown up hiding herself beneath a mask of tomboyish indifference, until the night she meets Gabe Johnson. Gabe, an injured stranger, protects her from her Uncle’s anger and gives her hope for the future. Feeling a connection to the girl, despite the situation in which they meet, Gabe vows to himself that this wraith of a teenager will one day be the woman he marries.

Readers will be captured in the spell Joanne weaves with her realistic portrayal of characters and mesmerising storyline. The protagonist, Vivien Clinton, is a strong, determined young woman. Readers will feel for her in the dismal life she is forced to lead and the decisions she must make if she is ever to escape. We travel along every bumpy road with Vivien as she leaves Wagoner behind after her uncle’s death and arrives in Tucson. Through Vivien’s eyes we share the experience of the carriage ride and meet three of the characters who come to play a part in our heroine’s future. And, as Vivien starts to unravel a mystery she is unknowingly the centre of, we understand her frustration in dealing with the people around her who aren’t being honest with her.

Eventually, Vivien does discover the truth of her life and within a brief time must learn to cope with the lies and deception that have dogged her every day. Joanne Walpole uses the tribulations of Vivien as a means of drawing the reader further into the story with her clever observations of real life combined with solid research into life during the great Western era of the 19th century.

Hope waits behind every despairing moment and readers will be as determined as Vivien that she leave her past behind and find the future she’s dreamed of since the night she fell in love with Gabe Johnson. Her strength of character pulls her through each setback and sets her firmly back on the road to happiness.

And, just as Vivien finds she has friends in strange places, readers will discover the strength and completeness of the supporting characters of Raven Dove. Chad Green is the first of her ‘new’ friends. A local saloonkeeper and businessman, Chad, steers Vivien away from the confusion of her Uncle’s death, and onto the path she must travel. Charlie Jones is a loyal and steadfast young man who supports Vivien regardless the cost and in the face of his family’s displeasure. Peggy Webster is a manipulative woman shaped by her own unhappy past and linked with Vivien in ways that unfold in layers before us. Madeline Bonchance is a successful actress who appears in Vivien’s life for a short time. Yet, when she is kidnapped by Peggy Webster and her son, Luke, Madeline becomes the catalyst for the event that will make or break Vivien’s dreams. Then there’s Gabe Johnson, the stranger who promised her the world and disappeared without a word. His arrival into her new life only adds to the bewilderment she feels. Can she trust him with her future? Is he as trustworthy and solid as she sensed at their last meeting? Does she still love him?

Gabe Johnson is more than the romantic hero, more than a reflection of Vivien’s love and hope. His roundness of character shows us a compassionate man who has faced tragedy and dealt out revenge. A man who rides alone, yet knows what love is, an experience to be shared and treasured.

Through it all is Vivien’s Uncle Pete. A ghost of a figure, shown to the reader through the eyes of the people who knew him. Vivien’s feelings for him are often ambivalent. He is not a nice man, but he too is shaped by the past and even in this unsteady relationship Vivien finds underlying mystery and intrigue. Who was Pete Clinton?

Joanne’s range of characters are woven into a story that traces the journey of Vivien Clinton from innocent child to strong woman. She shares with the reader an understanding of the events that shape peoples lives and brings those events to a thoroughly satisfying conclusion. Surprises and twists take shape and burst apart to reveal new surprises and hidden relationships.

The threads of the story come together in a finale worthy of a great western love epic as truth is drawn from the barrel of a smoking gun.

Raven Dove by Joanne Walpole is available from Whiskey Creek Press.