Please join us in giving Kate Lansing, author of Killer Chardonnay, a very warm welcome! Killer Chardonnay is the first in her delightful Colorado Wine Mysteries series and it is available NOW!
The Subtle Art of Book Tasting
Thanks so much for inviting me to be a guest!
Before anyone gets too concerned, let me start by saying: No, I’m not actually consuming books, licking pages, or anything of that nature. Rather, to celebrate the release of my debut novel, Killer Chardonnay, I’d like to talk about the ways in which reading is similar to wine tasting.
Take the initial sampling, for example. For wine, that’s a 3-ounce pour, not unlike perusing the opening pages of a book at your local bookstore or downloading the first chapter on your favorite e-reader.
You hold the glass up to the light, observing the subtleties of the colors and the way the liquid dribbles down the edges of the glass. Is that a gold undertone, ruby tinge, or maybe it’s an inky indigo the viscosity of jam? You inspect the cover, make note of the genre, read the synopsis.
The swirling, sniffing, and sipping are all to analyze the nuances of flavor, picking up on fruity or herbaceous undertones in a wine. Likewise, readers are considering the narrative style, voice, and characters. We swish words around in our minds, determining if a particular label is for us. And if we’re intrigued enough, compelled by the story, we might just bring a bottle—er, book—home.
While we savor our purchases, new flavors emerge. Perhaps a surprising tropical finish or smoky aroma comes to the foreground after being paired with the right food or achieving an optimal temperature. In books, powerful themes and unexpected twists keep us turning pages with an anticipation that occasionally leads to book hangovers.
The best part about this metaphor, though, is how much better these components are when enjoyed together.
Dear readers, do you sample books in a similar way? What makes you decide to ultimately give a book a chance? What’s your favorite beverage to pair with a good read?
For more information about Kate, please visit katelansing.com. For more about Killer Chardonnay, please visit one of the following.