Wine & Cheese Mystery

  Death is a Cabernet, Ol' Chum
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The Plot

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Wine and Cheese Murder Mystery Party Kit: Death is a Cabernet, Ol' ChumIt was an evening of wine and cheese at the Melee Vineyards in the Nippy Valley
, celebrating the winery's tenth anniversary. Owner Malcolm Melee took great pride in pouring his world-famous Melee Cabernet, the wine that tickles the palates of wine connoisseurs around the globe. 


Over the past decade, his small operation has built a
record of supplying a quality product, even though Melee's surly personality had produced more adversaries than advocat

The celebration was open to the public and the assemblage included both his supporters and detractors, some of whom openly expressed their opinions about his business practices. Melee simply laughed off all negative words, even dismissing the notion that someone was determined to end his reign as cabernet king.

As the gathering broke up about midnight, Melee bade "farewell" to everyone and said he would stay around to turn out the lights. But this morning, it became deadly obvious that someone had planned lights out for Malcolm Melee, for his body was found at the bottom of the staircase that leads to the oak casks in the wine cellar. Someone had put the cork on Melee and taken action that would squeeze the winery's reputation.

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The Suspects


Renee Melee - Malcolm's only child.
She returned to the Valley last year to help her father run the winery. Everyone knew that Malcolm and Renee didn't see vine to vine.

Pierre LaPaine - Winemaster.
His proven process for making the perfect cabernet was under scrutiny by the penny-pinching Malcolm.

Stan Milton - Owner of Milt-Marts.
The land on which the winery is located would be a perfect spot for his next mega-sized discount establishment.

Nina Grigio - Writer for Wine Line.
Her discriminating palate can make or break a new vintage. 

Carter Cabot - Owner of Cabot Vineyards.
He suspected that Malcolm was using unfair tactics to capture the lion's share of the cabernet marketplace.

Sue Veneer - Gift shop manager.
She sells bottles of Melee Cabernet and assorted trinkets to winery visitors.

Ben Breakfast - Innkeeper.
His B&B, the Nippy Victorian House, is the most popular inn in the Valley. And, a bottle of cabernet is a welcoming gift for all guests. 

Leelah Eagle - Attorney at law.
She hates to lose and lately, for some unknown reason, she's been spending a lot of time researching information about the winery.

You'll get everything you need, including . . .
  • Complete instructions on how to conduct the investigation of Malcolm Melee's murder.
  • Roles for all suspects that include family backgrounds and recollections of events surrounding the murder.
  • An invitation to the reception in honor of the vineyard's 10th anniversary.
  • The morning edition of The Nippy Valley Grapevine, the local newspaper, with the story of Melee's death. (Remember: the investigation takes place on the day Melee's body was found.
  • Instructions for the chief inspector, and a letter explaining the investigation.
  • A series of written clues that can be exchanged or revealed.
  • Key supporting information.
  • "The Denouement" that is revealed at the end of the investigation and ties the event together. Remember: MOTIVE, MEANS and OPPORTUNITY will point to the guilty party.
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Photo of winery murder mystery party nightPhoto and Testimonial of Murder Mystery Party hosted by customers.We purchased and played the winery murder mystery called “Death is a Cabernet” and it was a HUGE HIT!!!  We are a winery and we did the game with a group of our wine club members. Not only did they talk about it for months, I recently had a request for us to do it again (we first played it a year ago!!). 

Vicky Venditto
Casa Rondena Winery,
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico

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