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Okay, in Texas Hold ‘Em, which comes out January 28th, my hero and heroine, Austin and Leah, are both wine drinkers. Oddly enough, they are both fond of red wine, and particularly a good Cabernet. So while writing the book, I told my frugal, non-wine drinking hubby that the bottles of Cab I brought home during those few months of writing were simply research. Of course his question was, “So that makes them tax deductible, right?”
Hmmm. How convincing could I be with the IRS?
I envisioned myself explaining, “Well, my hero accidentally makes my heroine drop her cheap bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, so he replaces it with an expensive bottle of Cab, and I needed to test several bottles to make sure I knew the difference between a cheap and an expensive bottle of Cab. It’s all in the descriptions, and how can I describe something that I haven’t personally tested?”
Yeah, I didn’t think that would work, so I won’t be adding wine research expenses to my tax form. Frankly, hubby didn’t buy it either, but that’s okay, I still got to enjoy some wine. And one that was almost worth lying to the IRS about was Formation, Monterey County, Cabernet Sauvignon.
As it reads on the label: The Geologic formations of the Monterey County region were formed many millions of years ago. The ancient marine layers and alluvial soils are a result of the primordial sea and shallow coral beds over the oceanic volcanic crust. Deliciously expressing their origin the wine of Formation exhibit deep aromas, balance and structure.
I can’t and won’t tell you anything about the dirt or formations in that area. I don’t know about marine layers, or even that much about coral beds and volcanic crust. But I will tell you that it has a bold taste and a bolder finish. It comes with a flavor of ripe fruit, pepper and chocolate. As my dad would say, it has a ‘morey’ taste. You want more from the moment you taste it. While a bit pricier than my everyday wine, at $17.99 this bottle will make a comeback at the Craig house even without it being a tax write-off.
So, any new wines you guys can recommend? Or how about crazy tax write-offs? I could always use a few of those.
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