I loved the cheese - every last scrumptious morsel of it! Thank you for spinning this wonderful tale of romance intertwined with wines. It was glorious, and I am sad to see it end - as I am with all good things in life. However, if your Draco and Ginny can survive 9 months of life without wine, I guess I can survive until your next fic... -fallenwitch
Author's Response: Well, at least it is tasty cheese! I'm glad you enjoyed the story and I will try not to keep you waiting 9 months for another one. Thanks for the review!
What a wonderful way to end the fic! I find it truly, truly amazing that you managed to describe them as married, expressing their love, and having a baby without making me sick. Which is the way I usually feel about epilogues.
But the bit about Draco's hidden meaning behind the wines was adorable, and just reaffirms how unique this fic is. As does his being upset about not drinking.
Loved it! Thanks for writing this fic.
Incidentally, do you feel the same way about wines? Do you assign meanings to the wines you drink, and connect them to life? Just curious.
Author's Response: I'm glad the epilogue didn't make you sick! I hoped that the twist I gave to what really is a very trite and overused kind of epilogue (sometimes it seems like every third D/G story has an epilogue where Ginny tells Draco she is pregnant!) would be enough to keep it from being too saccharine. It is nice to know that at least one person agrees!
My husband and I do tend to try to drink special wines for special occasions, but we don't generally choose the wine with some sort of meaning in mind like Draco did. We usually just pick whatever we happen to have on hand that will go well with what we want to eat!
Thank you so much for your thoughtful reviews to this story. I really enjoyed reading every one of them!
Loved, loved, loved this story. You did a great job on this tale. This fic wasn't not only enjoyable but educational at the same time. I look forward to reading your other work.
Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the educational aspects along with the story. Thanks fore reading and for the review.
Aww too cute. I could just picture the look on Draco's face when she said she couldn't drink wine. I loved this story! I'm going to miss it. LOL Great ending.
Author's Response: I picture Draco's look as a cross between horrified and pouty. Is that how you see it? Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks for reading and for the review.
Hahaha! I was about to say: Did Draco forget that pregnant women can't have alcohol? Thank goodness that mistake wasn't made. I really wish this story isnt over! It was really really good. I loved it!
Author's Response: Draco wasn't forgetful, just clueless. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks for reading and for the reviews.
lol. i loved this ending. poor draco crushed bout the wine-which is only fitting. but o course ginny took matters in her own hands-no pun intended. lol. great story from the beginning to the end.
Author's Response: I'm glad that you liked the ending. And I enjoyed your pun, even if it wasn't intended! Thanks for reading and for the review.
YAY!! That. Was. AWESOME! I LOVED IT!!! And the best part, I get a double. Now to the epilogue and Ill comment again.
I loved the ending! Exactly how I wanted it to turn out.
Author's Response: I'm happy I could oblige! Thanks for reading and for the review.
Squee. I love happy endings. I hadn't expected an epilogue, this was a lovely surprise.
Author's Response: Well, I'm happy to surprise you! I love happy endings, too. I think I would have trouble writing anything without one. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks for reading and for the review.
*grabs embellished & snuggles her* This was a fun little story and I was looking forward to the epilogue. Glad to see it. Nice job wrapping up loose ends.
Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the story. It was certainly fun to write! Thanks for reading and for the review.
I finally read this and...wow...great fic, and many lessons learned. Thank you!
Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks for reading and for the review.
another wonderful chapter - Draco is so vulnerable and adorable in this chapter - human - I love that he is insecure even as he is arrogant - very finely crafted - I particularly enjoyed the exchange about his stupdity.
This “Even if you do tend to act like an overblown Zinfandel most of the time.” - has to be one of my favourite Ginny lines in d/g fanfic.
Author's Response: I'm happy that you like Draco's characterization. And I like that line too--and it wasn't even in the original draft! Thanks for reading and for the review.
I never knew the world of wine was so complex...and that there are wine snobs. I learnt so much from this, and am really inspired to go wine tasting (though I don't think that I'd be allowed, as I'm underage)
Anyway, it was a brilliantly written and informative story. I love the portrayals of Ginny and Draco's characters. Especially Draco's...comparing wine to women. That was cool.
And I loved the bit about Oliver being gay. And the Zinfandel comment. They made me laugh aloud.
Author's Response: I'm afraid the wine world is full of snobs. But there are also lots of people who just like to drink wine. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks for reading and for the review. I appreciate that you told me what you liked.
Positively brilliant! I loved it! I feel like I'm reading two books at once: the first being a terrific D/G fanfic, then second an interesting and informative guide about wine. I'm sad to see this end! Can't wait for the Epilogue...
Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed both the story and the information. It was certainly fun to write! Thanks for reading and for the review.
That was a perfect finish! I loved the last line -- brilliant. I'm sad that this story is over so soon (with the exception of the epilogue) -- it's been such fun and educational reading. Thanks, Embellished, for writing it, and congrats, btw, on the new house. I hope you and your husband have a great wine all set for the housewarming!
Author's Response: I'm glad that you enjoyed the story. Thanks for the congratulations (we are planning a Cote Rotie for tomorrow, which will be our first night in the house) and for the review!
First off, I love your story, not only is it a great read but also educating as well. I've learned more about wine here than I have before.
My only concern is that Draco in this chapter seems a bit OOC. In canon, we see him as refined, smooth, stoic ... not someone who easily stutters or rambles.
Also, I have a wine related question that I'd really like if you could answer (send to email@example.com). I went to the local grocery yesterday (because I don't have enough money to pay a lot for a bottle) and roamed the shelves and had no idea what to look for. I ended up buying a variety of different wines from different grapes from Clos du Bois. I was wondering if this maker was a good choice.... And if not, who should I look for next time?
Author's Response: Actually, Draco isn't always refined, smooth, and stoic in canon--think of the bathroom scene in HBP. I think emotion can cause the best of us to act a little bit OOC. I haven't had anything from Clos du Bois in several years, but what I have had from them has been pretty solid. Your approach of trying various kinds of wine from the same producer is probably a good one--or at least somewhat scientific! It will eliminate some of the variables and allow you to decide which varieties you like best.
Perfect ending. "He felt as if it satisfied a thirst he hadn’t known he felt. But at the same time, he knew that with Ginny, that thirst would never truly be quenched." Whether it's wine, kisses, or a good story. Well done!
Author's Response: I'm glad you liked the ending. It was hard to find something that fit. (That was actually about my fourth attempt!) Thanks for reading and for the review.
loved it. that was amazing. so who else was jelaous, oooh. are you talking bout a guy who was checkin out dear ol ollie? okay. really enjoyed this story though.
Author's Response: Actually, Ginny was the other person who was jealous, because Draco was with Pansy. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks for reading and for the review.
Or rather the end I mean... any chances of a vignette sequel? Would love to see it... :)
Author's Response: Well, the epilogue is a bit of a vignette sequel. It takes place a few years in the future. But other than that, I have no plans to write more. Of course if inspiration strikes, I may very well do so! Thanks for reading and for the review.
Yayyyyy! Wonderful! Can't wait for the next chapter.
Short n sweet...though, some parts remind me of Alfie, which isn't a bad thing
Author's Response: I actually never saw Alfie, so any similarities are purely coincidental. Of course, many romances are similar, so I guess it isn't so surprising that this story is something like that one. I'm glad you enjoyed the story either way. Thanks for reading and for the review.
Ginny’s face fell. “I’m like your mother?” - one of the funniest lines in this (sadly the final) chapter.
I know that one of the reasons I read this story was because it was unlike anything I'd read in a while. While I'm sad that it's over, I've definitely enjoyed it - I've even learned a bit about wine.
Thanks for writing, and good luck with your moving!
Author's Response: That line was one of my favorites too! I'm glad you liked the story. It was fun to write--a case of writing what you know and love, I guess. Thanks for reading and for the luck you sent my way! Hopefully I won't need it.
Awe! that was really good! I just moved into a new house as well so I am impressed that you posted so soon after a move!!! Congrats- on the finishing of the fic and the move!
Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the story. And getting this chapter posted was a nice break from hauling boxes! Thanks for reading and for the review.
What kind of wine does one drink to celebrate a new house and the finishing of a fantastic fic? Congratulations on both accounts and for being smart enough to marry such a wonderful man.
Well, I am extremely sad to see this tale come to a close, but it was a glorious ending with Draco running, like the spoiled child he is, to Ginny's at some ungodly hour of the night to have his need for her met. Ginny's revelation about Oliver Wood was brilliant! Yes, I think she will make a magnificent Malfoy and might just out-Malfoy the Malfoys. Thanks for a refreshingly original and memorable fic... looking forward to that epilogue when the time comes.
Author's Response: Well, tomorrow will be the first night we spend in the new house. We are planning to inaugurate it with a Cote Rotie that we have been saving for a special occasion. Our first house probably qualifies, right? And you're right, I did marry a wonderful man. He has even carried the vast majority of the boxes!
Anyway, you picked out some of my favorite bits from this chapter. I'm glad you enjoyed the ending, and the fic as a whole. I certainly had fun writing it! Thanks for reading and for all of the reviews.
I love this story. I can't wait to read the epilogue.
Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading and for the review.