This month, I am going to ask the characters from Blood Vine to introduce themselves and tell you about their favorite wines. First up is our hero, vampire Andre Maras.
How old are you? I am two-thousand years old, give or take a decade.
Where were you born? I was born just outside of Rome, but my true home is the Dalmatian coast of Croatia, where I was turned into a vampire against my will in the first century after the birth of Christ.
What are your hobbies? I find the modern notion of pastimes outside of one’s profession bizarre. I am what I am—a winemaker, and so I enjoy working in my vineyards by moonlight, growing grapes, and making wine. And oh yes, out of vampire necessity, a relaxing game of cards.
What is your favorite wine? While I love wine, for the majority of my long life I have been unable to consume what I produce. I do possess a very keen sense of smell, and I am able to enjoy the aroma of a glass of wine, and smell its characteristics better than humans can taste them. Needless to say, this makes me finicky.
For many years I have admired the richness of wines produced by my fellow Croatian expatriate (though not fellow vampire) Mike Grgich, so I will name his Zinfandels my favorite. If you are human, I highly recommend them.