The Saucy Sisters are party girls from way back. Early on, we discovered our passion – and aptitude – for eating, drinking and generally spreading good cheer. We think it’s part genetics and part learned behavior. And, for both, we blame our parents. They always enjoyed good food and a good time.
In their later years, Mom and Dad said how happy it made them that their girls were so close. It was not always so. No way. Don’t get us wrong: we loved each other. We just didn’t want to spend a lot of time in each other’s company. We had separate sets of friends, separate activities and even went to different high schools. By choice.
Becoming Best Friends
It wasn’t until we both moved to Washington, D.C. that we became friends. We can actually identify the moment it happened. We had, for some reason (obligation…guilt?), decided to shop together in Georgetown. After several exhausting hours of bargain hunting and costume changes, we decided to take a break. We headed straight to the bar at Clyde’s.
We both ordered a glass of Chablis (which, in those days, meant any generic white wine with a fancy label). That, we had in common. As we reviewed the day’s events and our completely senseless purchases, we began to realize how much fun we were having together. Almost simultaneously, we turned to each other and said, “I like you!” Chalk it up to the vodka if you want, but we’ve been best friends ever since.
Following Each Other Around the Country
We always had separate careers but managed, over the years, to follow each other around the country. We went from D.C. to Houston (with a stint for Beverly in Oklahoma City) to Los Angeles (where Beverly had thirteen addresses) to Nashville (with a 5-year intervening stay in Philadelphia for Beverly). One of us, apparently, likes to keep on the move.
It turned out that Nashville was our land of opportunity. Here we would do more than shop together, dine together and party together…we would work together! When we first arrived, the city was a desolate culinary outpost, but it was about to become a hotbed of restaurant activity. And we recognized our calling. We belonged on the radio to herald this feeding frenzy.
Saucy Sisters on the Radio
Faster than you can say “Shoney’s All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Bar,” we landed our own radio show and officially became the Saucy Sisters. As an extension of our food and beverage show we wrote a couple books: Cook It Right and The Best Places to Eat in Nashville (which, by the way, did not include Shoney’s). We also wrote newspaper stories on food and became familiar sights to TV audiences as we dressed to the nines (if you can call lederhosen and mermaid outfits dressing to the nines) for our on-air restaurant reviews.
One evening over dinner in New York with one of our frequent radio guests, we were enjoying a quite lusty Châteauneuf-du-Pape and engaging in some serious bad-girl chitchat. Suddenly our guest turned to us and said, "You should write a girl's guide to wine!" Say no more!
The idea became The Saucy Sisters Guide to Wine - What Every Girl Should Know Before She Uncorks. When the book was published by Penguin, we embarked on a national, 30-city, 13,000 mile book signing/wine tasting tour in a purple van we called our Grapemobile. (You can find a photo of the Grapemobile in our photo pages.) Three months of extreme togetherness might have been our undoing had the van not been stocked from top to bottom with cases of wine.
With one wine book under our belts, Adams Media asked us to write another one. The result is The Everything Wine Book.
And now...a new book is born. We launched it in November 2011 by setting a World Record for "most women unscrewing bottles of wine simultaneously." It's The Saucy Sisters Guide to Wine - What Every Girl Should Know Before She Unscrews!