Signs of life have been spotted at Blind Muscat's Cellarbook.
After eight months of basically zippo, I'm giving it another try. The reasons for my inattention to the blogosphere are many, including the standard ones -- like why in hell would I spend time on this for absolutely no money? But the main cause for absence is that I have been pre-occupied with a large, demanding, paying project -- an old-fashioned, hard-copy, printed "book" -- if you remember books.
Said tome is Home Winemaking for Dummies, due out in a couple months, just in time to stuff that over-sized stocking. The 2010 harvest, alas, will already be over, but maybe all the sections on blending and barrel-aging and troubleshooting will come in handy for some folks.
I will shamelessly share more about this fine volume as part of my personal buildup for the gala release in coming posts. But meantime, one small, fleeting, source of publishing amusement. Quite a while abck, I received a dummy (as it were) of the cover, and it looked basically OK to me, some prose, pictures of carboys, the Dummies guy, whatever. Only when I printed out large book-sized copies to hand out at a talk I was doing on home winemaking did I notice one bizarre detail: the front carboy had a label on it referring not to any known grape variety, but to a stalky vegetable treated as a fruit.Starts with an "r."
Here it is on Amazon, the placeholder for the soon-to-be-book. Take a look.
See that little mailing label on the neck? See how it says "rhubarb"? I'm here to tell you, this is a rhubarb-free home winemaking book. Ah, the perils of using stock photos to save a buck.The image has, in fact, been air-brushed and PhotoShopped and whatever, and so the book will carry no references to strawberry's constant accompaniment in pies. It will, however, tell you how to make lip-smackin' good Petite Sirah and Muscat and many other things.