Perfect Pairings: Books and Wine

There’s nothing quite like settling in for the evening with a glass of wine and a good book. In honour of National Wine Day (May 25th), I’m putting on my sommelier hat and pairing some of our best new books with the perfect wine!

Everybody’s Son by Thrity Umrigar & Cabernet Sauvignon

A nice Cabernet Sauvingon is full-bodied, bold and savory. It goes perfectly with Everybody’s Son by Thrity Umrigar. This emotionally wrenching novel follows two families, one black, one white, and explores issues of race, class, privilege, and power. A deep wine with dark flavors will make for a powerful reading experience.


Party Girls Die in Pearls by Plum Sykes & Rosé

Party Girls Die in Pearls takes its readers to Oxford University in the 80s for a wickedly fun murder mystery. What goes better with sass and secrets than a crisp and fruity rosé?  Bonus points if you wear your finest pearls while you solve this high society whodunit.


This is Just My Face by Gabourey Sidibe & Champagne

Gabourey Sidibe is so funny and relatable, and her new book is so much more than your average celebrity memoir. It’s like you’re hearing your BFF tell you all about her childhood in the most hilarious, intimate way. For such a fabulous person like Gabourey, bubbly is necessary. Pop the champagne and get ready to laugh!


Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane & Zinfandel

Dennis Lehane, author of Shutter Island and Live by Night, is back with another tantalizing psychological thriller! Since We Fell follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist turned recluse who starts questioning her perfect marriage to the perfect man… We’ve paired this dark thriller with Zinfandel, a red wine that explodes with bright fruit flavours and ends with notes of spice and smoke. It’s the perfect wine (and book) for a dark and stormy evening!


Crying for the Moon by Mary Walsh & Sauvignon Blanc

Mary Walsh of This Hour Has 22 Minutes and CBC fame has written an unforgettable, laugh-out-loud novel that is the perfect summer read! Crying for the Moon is the story of Maureen Brennan, a young woman coming of age in the late 1960s in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Maureen longs for a life away from St. John’s, and what follows is a series of hijinks that will take her to Montreal and change her life forever. A nice, crisp Sauvignon Blanc will pair nicely with Walsh’s dry humor.


Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz & Pinot Noir

We’ve got another great mystery on our list! In Magpie Murders, Alan Conway is a bestselling crime writer, and editor Susan Ryeland is expecting another successful novel. But as Susan reads Alan’s new manuscript that’s filled with bodies and clues, she’s convinced it may be more than just fiction. This modern day mystery needs a dark and delicate wine like a Pinot Noir to set the mood!


Seven Days in May by Kim Izzo & Merlot

A distinguished, velvety Merlot is perfect to sip while reading Seven Days in May , a beautiful historical fiction novel of the tragic sinking of the Lusitania. The novel follows the lives of several passengers on the voyage, and depicts how these lives collide in a struggle for survival as the Lusitania meets its deadly fate.


Borne by Jeff Vandermeer & Ice Wine

From the author of the acclaimed Southern Reach Trilogy comes Borne , a dystopic sci-fi set in a nameless city ruled by a mutant bear. When Rachel discovers  a strange green organism, it begins to evolve and change the lives of everyone around it. For a story as unique as Borne , you should definitely pair it with something bold and distinctive like Ice Wine.


When You Find the World is Against You by Kelly Oxford & Pinot Grigio

Kelly Oxford is hilarious, and her latest collection of essays reminds me why. Touching on parenthood, the internet and anxiety, Kelly is equal part honest, down to earth and witty. Pair this memoir with Pinot Grigio, a light-bodied, dry and crisp wine.


The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn & Mulled Wine

This novel is perfect for Jane Austen lovers! Two researchers are sent back in time to meet Jane Austen. Their mission? Win over Jane and steal an unpublished novel. This debut is a clever and unique spin on time travel and reminds us why we love Jane Austen so much. Get cozy with a nice, traditional glass of Mulled Wine to warm you up.

So what do you think of our perfect pairings? Are you ready to unwind with a book and uncork a bottle? What’s your favourite type of wine? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!

As always, happy reading, Savvy Readers!


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