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J.D. Robb’s Festive in Death pairs nicely with Chateau Montelena’s Cabernet

Robb pic2In typical J.D. Robb fashion, the festivities begin on page 1 of Festive in Death.  I love this series and have been waiting for this one to come out in paperback. It was worth the wait and, since the setting revolves around Christmas, I’ll re-read it when the holidays come around this year.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas has come a long, long way since her introduction in Naked in Death. In Festive, she and Roarke are hosting a holiday party for their friends and colleagues—a feat that could not have happened earlier in the series. Eve’s reluctant participation and the party itself add a colorful backdrop to the murder she is, as usual, trying to solve.

What is unusual about this murder, (this is not a spoiler, because it’s clear from the beginning) is that Eve’s victim, Trey Zeigler, is a true scumbag. The depths of Zeigler’s sleezy and predatory nature grow more apparent as the investigation progresses, and Eve gives him far better treatment than he deserves.

Being Lieutenant Dallas, she approaches the murder of her scumbag victim, Ziegler, in the same determined professional way she does with her other more innocent victims, though with slightly less pressure. This lightens her load just enough to allow her be more present in the festivities and truly enjoy her friends and family at the holidays. There is an interesting twist, of course, and Robb keeps it under wraps right until the end. Another great read from a creative and prolific author.

Roarke has a preference for high-end red wines, typically a cabernet sauvignon. To keep him and his cop wife company, I would recommend one of Chateau Montelena’s cabernets, such as the one pictured here. They are a little on the pricey side, but it’s a quick read, so one bottle should suffice. Enjoy and happy reading!

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Chateau Montelena is the perfect complement to Gladwell’s David and Goliath

David and Goliath 2Dyslexia is a disability—or is it? Air raids destroy morale—or do they? David’s victory over Goliath was a miracle–or was it?

Starting with the biblical story of David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell provides a new perspective on how we traditionally think about what is advantageous and what is debilitating. He forces the reader to reconsider traditional assumptions about characteristics and situations as beneficial or detrimental. Circumstances and/or personality traits that are traditionally considered to be disadvantages, such as dyslexia, could actually be the x factor that creates success. On the flip side, factors traditionally thought to lead to success, such as attending elite schools, may in fact have the opposite effect.

Like Gladwell’s previous book, Outliers, David and Goliath uses thorough research and fascinating stories throughout a diverse range of times, places, and circumstances to illustrate his point that “much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.” Chapter by chapter, Gladwell shows us how certain dynamics apply to and impact our realities in ways we may not perceive. These stories question modern assumptions and demonstrate the amazing human capacity to adapt and overcome.

In the 1970s, Chateau Montelena played the role of David to the Goliath of the French wine industry. It was the underdog in a blind wine tasting that started California wines on the road to the prominence they enjoy today. Their story is the basis of the movie Bottle Shock. Chateau Montelena is most famous for its Chardonnay, which is excellent. However, they also make an amazing Cabernet Sauvignon. Either of them would be a superb complement to this book. Enjoy, and happy reading!

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