Get your buzz on
Last week, fellow mystery scribe Laura Benedict
ran my October article on her blog. She’s running a contest so drop by and comment to be eligible to win.
Saturday evening, I attended a mead tasting and garden art party hosted by my friends Jennifer Mosquera
and her partner Eric. Mead in case you don’t know, is a honey wine. The mead was provided by Medovina
winery of Niwot, Colorado. Coincidentally enough, Medovina was mentioned this month’s Sunset magazine
in their feature about Niwot.
Here is Mark Beran, owner of the winery, explaining his mead products and the importance of those industrious honeybees (that are under so much environmental stress. The bees disappear and we disappear as well.) Mark provided five different wines, which he served with food pairings and introduced by tinkling a bell. That bell would ring and we would line up like lab rats. Only one of the wines was particularly sweet, and none were heavy or syrupy like you’d think a honey wine would be.
The wines: Stinging Rose, Harvest Cyser, Summer Solstice, Classic Mead
, and Sweet Melissa
(all paired with gourmet foods)
Besides the wine, we had art in the garden, hence the name, garden art, like this cool stuff by Jennifer.
The other artsy draw of the evening was a reading by me. Go figure. The guests were probably expecting prose offering great insight into the human condition. I read them a passage about vampire karaoke. Here I am striking an especially literary pose though I imagine what I was really trying to do was get rid of a persistent wedgie.
This fall, the Aurora Public Library hosts the Power of One Perspectives lecture series, featuring mystery. Sunday I was on a panel with Lt Tim DuFour of the Aurora Police Department where we discussed Colorado true crime and forensics. Here is Lt DuFour and librarian Carol Foreman.
This week I’m off to Baltimore for the BoucherCon mystery writer’s conference. I’ll be on the road until Monday so next week’s blog will be a day late. Don’t forget to tune in.