February 18th is National Drink Wine Day, or so, the internet informs me. As someone who loves wine, I thought this year it’d be fun to do some wine pairings with books.
After doing some research on what’s already been written, I decided to go with a more casual approach. Instead of talking about notes and flavors, my assistant, Kelly, and I have paired our favorite wines to books we feel suit them!
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Here are our favorites below! Feel free to let us know what wines you love and what books you’d pair with them.
Wine: Ninety Plus Cellars Moscato
For a casual beach read, perhaps hanging with my friends, I’d choose a lighthearted romance with a crisp, fruity Moscato. Not a sweet wine gal, but this wine reminds of me of my best friends and relaxing days.
Wine: Incardnadine Pinot Noir
Book: Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher
A cozy romance calls for a pinot noir. You want warm, fuzzy vibes that make you want to fall in love for the first time, over again or renew the spark in your relationship. It ticks the boxes with Pride and Prejudice vibes, a small-town bakery, and a small-town girl. Best yet, this book comes with a Christmas novella sequel.
Wine: Jacob’s Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
Book: Flash Rip by Keira Andrews or anything by Keira Andrews & Leta Blake
While this book takes place on the west coast of Australia, and mainly on a beach, I wouldn’t pair this with my beach read, but I would pair it with a glass of Australian wine. With a brilliant storyline and complex characters, this story requires attention. There are moments where you’ll be wanting to take advantage of your red wine tipsiness, and other moments you’ll be heartbroken alongside the character.
Wine: Barefoot Pinot Grigio
Book: Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
For those legal drinking young adult readers, I had to do this book and naturally some good, cheap wine! I read it over a year ago and still can’t get it out of my head. Vibes of cute, sweet, way too real, romantic, and heartbreaking, you need a wine that’s not terribly sweet, will get you tipsy enough, but you’ll have the energy to fight the US government.
Wine: Bree – Sweet Red
Book: The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
The hobbits go to a village called Bree. I’m not particularly into sweet wines, but I really liked that one. Fantasy-type stories always make me think of sweet flavors.
Wine: Bully Hill Vineyards – Love My Goat
Book: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
That poor goat! T-rex was hungry! The book definitely leans more toward horror than the movie does.
Wine: Michael David Winery Earthquake – Cabernet Sauvignon
Book: Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
The company kept by Robert Langdon are more refined folk. This wine is a little more expensive and makes you feel a little fancier when you drink it! Good for a thriller!
Wine: Radius – Red Blend
Book: The Lost Girls by Jennifer Bagget, Amanda Pressner and Holly C. Corbett
This is a non-fiction book about three friends who travel the world together over the course of about a year. They take turns writing chapters to give their different points of view as the trip progresses. I thought this wine went well with an adventure story!
Do you pair books with wine, or any other beverage or maybe a great meal? Share your pairings below!