One of the more interesting aspects of Sweeter than Wine is that the characters exhibit a trait often overlooked in romantic fiction — nobody, but nobody, is absolutely good or absolutely evil. German A prayer offered during a topping-out ceremony: If it pleases God, protect this house and its inhabitants from misfortune. She is currently working to finish a long-as-your-arm list of writing projects. About the Author: Michaela August is a writing team composed of two Northern California authors, Marian Gibbons and Karin Welss. But he knows he c Blackmailed by the matriarch of her husband's family into marrying the vintner she desperately needs to save her Sonoma winery, war-widow Alice Roye never expected to fall in love with a gaunt, blond stranger. Family members accuse her of writing historical fiction as an excuse to buy books and do research! Siegfried, a refugee from the Great War with nothing left but his skills as a winemaker, finds in Alice's arms the home he thought he's lost forever.
Siegfried, a refugee from the Great War with nothing left but his skills as a winemaker, finds in Alice's arms the home he thought he's lost forever. Sweeter than Wine is a nice tale of healing as well as romance. Generally produced as a dry wine in Germany and Alsace, and as a sweet dessert wine in California. I can see that some people might find this a handy reference tool, but I can also see that some potential readers, on noticing this feature, would drop the book like a hot brick and so miss out on a wonderful read. Riesling A grape variety that produces a light-bodied, lightly aromatic white wine.
Bahnhofplatz German The square or plaza in front of a train station. Mutti German Mama Nichts German Nothing. Richtsfest German Topping-out ceremony, performed when the roofbeam has been raised during the construction of a new house. A native of Northern California, she has varied interests, a checkered resume, and a job that takes her ac Michaela August is a writing team composed of two Northern California authors, Marian Gibbons and. Sweeter than Wine and absolutely intoxicating too. In this regard, the book echoes the reality of life very well.
Everyone had brought dishes and platters of food. And the hero can actually express his emotions with more than more expression. Alicante Bouschet A black, thick-skinned grape used to make red wine. Elsaß German Alsace Es möge Gott dieses Haus und die Bewohner vor Unheil zu schützen. Pinot Blanc A light-bodied, fruity white wine made from Pinot Blanc grapes. But he knows he can never tell her he was a soldier for the enemy her first husband died fighting. Bye Germany, hello Uncle Sam.
Will the lies in their pasts destroy everything they hope to build? Ownership of Alsace has changed repeatedly between Germany and France. Haut Königsbourg One of the mountains in the Vosges range of Alsace. This variety became very popular during Prohibition, because it could be shipped long distances for sale to home winemakers. When he accidentally burned down the house in his grief uh oh , he decides to seek new life in America instead. Traminer was the precursor to the Gewürztraminer varietal commonly grown today in both Alsace and California. Overwhelmed by the open-handed charity of her friends and neighbors, Alice sneaked a glance at the buffet table. A by-product of sterilizing wine barrels with too much burning sulfur.
Hopefully, the following glossary will help clear up any confusion. Grenache A grape variety used for making blush pink wines. You may have to make an effort to find this book, available in three different formats, but I urge you to do so. Sweeter Than Wine About book: Standing beside him, her hand clasped firmly in his, Alice felt the somberness that had clouded her in the church dissipate and vanish. Port A sweet red wine fortified with distilled spirits. Cabernet Sauvignon A grape variety used to make full-bodied red wines.
Charbono A red wine grape originally from the Piedmont region of France. Characters you think at first are completely good turn out not to be, and the fellow you think has to be the villain ends up being not so villainous after all. Burgundy A medium-bodied red-wine made from Pinot Noir grapes. This is a marvelous story of life and love in the wine country of California. There are some rough areas, of course.
Karin also has a frequently-updated blog at LiveJournal, which contains her travel journals, as well as her anime reviews and adventures in cake decorating. This is the second step of the winemaking process, after crushing but before aging. Bordeaux mixture A mixture of copper sulphate, lime, and water sprayed on grapevines to prevent fungus diseases. If everything coming out of the Neighborhood Press is this good, they and their writers deserve our support. Bordeaux A full-bodied red wine usually made from a mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc grapes. Siegfried ate, and drank, and laughed, his hand frequently seeking hers for a quick squeeze.
Sylvaner A tart white wine produced in Alsace. Verdamtes Fahrzeug German Damned automobile! A disease of grapevines that ruins the taste of the grapes and can eventually kill the vine. Marc schnaps A potent, colorless brandy distilled from. There were deviled eggs, sliced ham, potato salad, bowls of ripe summer fruit, plates of bratwurst, platters of sliced cheeses, apple strudel, pear tarts, and a magnificent, tiered cake from Romeo Cantoni's bakery. Everything I look for in a keeper is here: well-drawn characters who act in a believable fashion, a beautifully evoked sense of time and place, smooth writing, humor that adds to the story but never overwhelms it, terrific dialogue, and a plot that allows the characters to reveal themselves bit by bit.
Kugelhopf A tall, turban-shaped yeast sweetbread, often baked with almonds and raisins, and dusted with powdered sugar. Das fängt ja gut an! Alice Roye, a widow, is unable to handle the business on her own, since she has no inkling on how the whole wine enterprise is run. Grüß Gott Traditional Southern German greeting. Will the lies in their pasts destroy everything they hope to build together? Mein Gott German My God. Claret A term referring to a full-bodied red table wine made from any of the following grape varieties: Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay, Grignolino, Petit Sirah, Pinot Noir, or Zinfandel. The slightly acrid taste one experiences at first is soon forgotten in the glow of the lovely mingling of sensations that linger on the palate and warm the heart long after the glass is empty.