February 5, 2014
Mara died today. There are no words.
November 14, 2013
Unfortunately, due to serious medical problems, a new edition will not be forthcoming.
February 11, 2013
Below is a copy of our press release for our next event:
On Friday evening, February 15, there will be another Winning Wines booksigning at Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC. During this event, co-authors Ford and Mara Smith will present their 2013 edition of this popular book.
Each year, Ford Smith compiles data from the most prestigious, blind-taste-testing wine competitions. If a wine wins a medal in more than one competition, it’s a sign of consistency and makes the Winning Wines lists. One of many fans of the book says, “These lists enable wine buyers to be confident of a good-tasting bottle with every purchase.”
For this coming year, Smith has expanded his listings of 1,075 medal winners to include bottles that sell for $15 or less. Smith explains, “The rises in transportation costs have had quite an impact on wine prices.”
Other lists that are important to wine lovers include Best-Bang-for-the-Buck wines and for special occasions, a listing of medal-winners that scored 90 or more points – no matter the bottle’s price.
Ford Smith and his wife, Mara, have published ten other books, including titles for such publishing houses as McGraw-Hill and Globe Pequot Press. Their children’s book, ABC All-American Riddles, has won a national award. Their recent novel, Endangered, has earned a Readers Favorite 5-Star review. For additional information on these books, check out the couple’s websites: www.livesimplywithstyle.com, www.endangeredthebook.com, www.winning-wines.com.
The free event will begin at 7pm at Hub City Bookshop at 186 West Main Street in Spartanburg. Of course, the Smiths will inscribe copies of their $9.95 book, Winning Wines: Medal Winners for $15 or Less to wine lovers.
January 25, 2013
January 17, 2013
January 4, 2013
Hope all had as much fun over the holidays as we did. One surprise was noticing an incredible deal in wine at Wal-Mart, of all places. The South Carolina stores ran Rex Goliath wines on sale for $3.47 per bottle! Six of their wines made the current edition of Winning Wines. We especially like the Cabernet Sauvignon with a score of 86.0 and at this price, it’s a steal.
Tell us of any special finds you discover in your area.
December 19, 2012
December 7, 2012
November 29, 2012
November 20, 2012
November 7, 2012
Over the past week, we’ve been able to try two Zinfandels that achieved a Best-Bang-for-the Buck notation in the current edition of Winning Wines. The first, Gnarley Head’s 2010 Old Vine Zin, retails for about $12 and achieved an incredible score of 92.3. Its flavors open up with decanting (or swirling) and the complexity grows — no wonder the judges were impressed. With a score 90.3, commonplace Sutter Home’s 2010 Zin offers amazing value at about $6 per bottle. It’s solid and smooth with a clean aftertaste.
Probably, our next blog entry will be before Thanksgiving depending on a busy schedule.
October 30, 2012
On Friday, October 26, we celebrated the release of the paperback version of Winning Wines with a “Wine & Sign” at La Bouteille Wine & Beer Boutique in Tryon, NC. The owner, Shelly Block, picked four wines from the book for tasting: Concannon’s 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Five Rivers’ 2010 Chardonnay, Line 39's 2010 Petite Sirah, and Zinfatuation’s 2010 Zinfandel. We’ll have more about their characteristics -- but all were appreciated by an enthusiastic crowd.
October 4, 2012
It’s taken a bit of work, but the new edition of Winning Wines is available in paperback and e-book editions. The main change is revising the price qualification from $12 to $15. Wine prices have risen a bit over the last twelve months mainly due to increased transportation costs.
Hope you enjoy the new offering.
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