Books and Wine

When you’re enjoying a light summer salad with garden fresh produce and a homemade mint vinaigrette, you want an equally refreshing rosé to elevate the gorgeous vibrancy. When you’re serving up seared salmon, pinot noir adds a bright, well-rounded note. We often pay great attention to exquisite food and wine pairings… but what about book and wine pairings? After all, there is no greater pleasure than indulging ourselves with books and wine – and some much-needed quiet time to restore our energy and our souls!

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Books and Wine: All You Need for a Great Night

Pinot Noir: The critics agree: when you’re reading a dark, seductive novel, pinot noir is your go-to. It is luxe, complex, glamorous – with a hint of mystery. What will happen next? Turn the page and find out.

Try: American Gods (Neil Gaiman), Tipping the Velvet (Sarah Waters), Anything by Louise Penny

Pinot Gris: Crisp, bright, and succulent, this is the perfect wine for books that are light, fresh, fun – and may hold a surprise or two. 

Try: Queenie (Candice Carty-Williams), Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) (Mindy Kaling)

Pinot Noir Rosé: The drink of summer! Now is the perfect time to indulge in sweet adventures that have a bit of pop to them. Whether it’s a beach read or an unwind-after-a-long-day-at-work read, you’ll lull yourself into a summertime mood- no matter what time of year.

Try: The History of Bees (Maja Lunde), When We Left Cuba (Chanel Cleeton)

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Merlot: Try a complex love story (a happy ending is a bonus!)

Champagne: Toast to The Great Gatsby himself

Mulled Wine or Cider: A book that will transport you to the depths of winter and have you snuggling under the blankets 

Cabernet Sauvignon: Get out your royal mysteries, your epic battles, and your Downton Abbey-esque intrigues.

Finding the Perfect Book and Wine Pairings

In the end, the best book and wine pairings are those that you enjoy most. So if you want to read a comedy with some pinot noir, or read a tear-jerker with some rosé – by all means – enjoy!

Books and wine also make exceptional gifts for birthdays and holidays. So next time you’re making your list and checking it twice, think about a present that will be doubly enjoyed!