I thoroughly enjoy the film Sideways, which depicts two friends having a week-long stag party in wine country. Paul Giamatti plays a depressed, divorced, and struggling writer who is seeking to publish a book while undergoing a stressful time in his life. Thomas Haden Church plays a self-centered and impulsive actor who is past his prime. Throughout the movie, these two men get into all kinds of trouble, including one of them getting his face caved in. Even though there were scenes in this movie that are depressing to watch, there were many parts that were both funny and relatable. I would recommend this film to anyone who enjoys life stories and good humor.
I discovered some very interesting facts about bathing. In the latest episode of The Grand Tour, I learned some spas in Georgia (the country not the state) allow you to bathe in wine. Since they have been brewing wine in Georgia for four thousand years, it would make sense that it would become an integral part of their culture in unique ways. I do not drink wine (I taste and spit it out instead) so this would be a preferable alternative. Also, there were some baths that involved sprinkling rose petals in the water. The Egyptian queen known as Cleopatra would bathe in water that was marinated in the petals of damask roses. I am thinking of introducing a combination between these two bathing methods in my third volume in the Magnus Dynasty Saga. The combination would leave you smelling citrusy with a rosy fragrance.
I participated in wine tasting for the first time in my life. I asked for the closest thing they had to French Bourdeaux and they provided it. I am all for tasting the wine and spitting it out, but I NEVER swallow. So I took a taste, analyzed it, and spat it out in a jar. At first, it was smooth and sweet, but I was soon struck in the jaw with a sledgehammer of spiciness and my teeth were left tingling with a tangy aftertaste. Bourdeaux is what was sometimes used to make hypocras in medieval times. Due to this, I can imagine this wine being a lot sweeter and spicier than it normally is if it was converted into hypocras. I will keep this in mind when I mention hypocras again in my fantasy series.