The second monthly meeting of the Literary and Wine Appreciation Society was held, as scheduled, on February 26, for a discussion of Sister: A Novel and a review of the members’ best cheapo wine. For this meeting the original three were joined by two new members who had not read the book so the discussion was brief since no one wanted to give too much of the plot away.
It was decided that the ending left some of the members feeling cheated, most believed the main character survived to be rescued and no one suspected that one of the primary characters was a figment of the main character’s imagination. Yes, of course, who cares? What was the best cheapo wine?
Only three bottles were submitted for consideration: Sweet Red Roo, a snappy little red with the colorful Yellow Tail label, Gewurztraminer a subtle white bottled by Crane Lake and a homemade wine that boasted no vintage or grape but went down smoothly just the same.
It’s not certain that a homemade wine can be considered “cheap” because of all the effort that goes into making a fine wine, the Sweet Red Roo’s cost was not disclosed, and the Gewurztraminer was $4.50 a bottle - less if purchased with the case discount. Which was best didn’t enter into discussion as the members let their glasses to the voting and consumed all three bottles.
The Society enjoyed a fabulous afternoon of laughter and conversation that has seldom been equaled. Several members thoughtfully brought hors d’oeuvres so share around, so if wine is not a potential member’s forte, please feel free to join the Society with a plate of favorite snacks in hand.
The next meeting is to be held Sunday, March 25, at 2:30 in the afternoon. The book chosen by the members to discuss is Legacy, by Katherine Webb, which can be purchased at bookstores or borrowed from the library. From Publishers Weekly, “Webb’s binary multigenerational epic unfolds in split narratives set in 1900s Oklahoma and the present-day U.K., revealing that secrets long buried still have the power to hurt. Though the novel is choked with enough tragedy, melodrama, and lost love to make a soap opera dull in comparison, and recalls the work of V.C. Andrews, it will only truly grip fans of the genre.”
If March’s selection doesn’t suit, come anyway and bring suggestions for the next book. At each meeting the next meeting’s book will be selected and new suggestions are welcome. At the March meeting the Society will diverge a bit from the grape and sample the grain. Corn that is. White Lightening. Moonshine. Tennessee Tea.
Yes, in honor of Cannon County’s own Short Mountain Distillery, which should open March 23, their product will be enjoyed during the book discussion. It has to be their product since any other moonshine is still illegal and the members of the Literary and Wine Appreciation Society would never drink untaxed whisky and you can be certain that if we were to indulge in such activity, we would not print it in the paper.
What happens at the W&L Society stays with the W&L Society. Please direct any questions or comments to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Come if you can. Reading the book is suggested but not required, contributions of food and drink are lovely but also not mandatory. Please join us on March 25, 2:30 p.m., 100 College Street. All (over the age of 21) are welcome.