Perfect Pairings: Wine and Books!

Hi, Savvy Readers! If you’re looking for a good wine/book match for international wine day next month, then we’ve got you covered. All we ask when you read this post is to forgive our amateur knowledge of wine. Let’s get started!

Riesling/The Honey Bus

Riesling is a wine that’s both sweet and acidic, just like the characters in The Honey Bus by Meredith May. Meredith learns how to care for bees from her eccentric grandfather who teaches her the magic and wisdom of nature. That is just so sweet. But Meredith turns to bees to escape her reality; A mother in a cycle of volatile madness and despair. The relationship with her mother acts as an acid, eating away at her happiness. But Riesling is balanced by honey flavours just as honey balances May’s life. Her story is about how a tiny, little-understood insect can guide her towards an understanding of family, community, loyalty and survival.

Cabernet Sauvignon/The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters

Cabernet Sauvignon is full-bodied, rich and robust just like The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal. Three estranged sisters—Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirnia—head to India to fulfill their mother’s last wish that her daughters will make a pilgrimage together to the Golden Temple in Amritsar to carry out her final rites. Travel to India with them as you sip the fruity flavours and smell the spices and earthy aromas in the wine.

Sauvignon Blanc/99 Percent Mine

If you like your wine dry, tart and acidic just like your heroines, you should sip sauvignon blanc as you read 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne. Darcy is prickly on the outside and doesn’t stick around long enough in one place to show her softness inside. Just like the wine’s complex citrus and grassy aromas and spiced flavours, Darcy isn’t what she appears. That’s until she is left repairing a cottage she inherited from her Grandma alongside Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend.

Merlot/Washington Black

If any book could be described like drinking Merlot, it would be Washington Black. Although the flavor is dark and complex with vanilla and spice, the tannins are smooth. Similarly, although Washington Black covers really tough subject matter, the beauty of the writing makes it a very smooth read. Each word is chosen precisely and flows into the next, creating the whole. You’ll pick it up and refuse to put it down until it’s done (Maybe the same with your Merlot…?).

Pinot Noir/Mourning Has Broken

What makes pinot noir unique is that it has a long, lingering finish. Mourning Has Broken by Erin Davis will give you so much to think about that the taste of it will linger in your mind long after you’ve finished it, same as the wine. On the morning of May 11, 2015, Erin Davis, one of Canada’s most beloved radio personalities, suffered a devastating blow when her daughter Lauren failed to awaken to her baby’s cries. Thus began Erin’s journey of grieving out loud with her family, friends and listeners, and of demonstrating by example how to pick up and keep going after suffering the worst loss a parent can endure.

Syrah/One Summer in Paris

Syrah goes well with One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan because it has so many flavours. On the one hand Syrah is bold and rich with dark fruit, pepper and spice but perhaps it’s most popular form, Australian Shiraz, is sweeter and jam-like. As for the book, Audrey and Grace are both suffering from tough family situations, but they meet and form a very sweet friendship that helps Audrey through her mom’s addiction and Grace through her painful divorce. Also, nothing goes better with Paris than wine.

Malbec/Perfect Silence

Malbec is a full-bodied deep red. It’s the kind of wine you picture dripping onto a white table cloth and leaving a blood-like stain. That images matches the horror in Perfect Silence by Helen Fields. The body of a young girl is found dumped on the roadside on the outskirts of Edinburgh. When pathologists examine the remains, they make a gruesome discovery: the silhouette of a doll carved in the victim’s skin. Luc and Ava realise the babydoll killer is playing a horrifying game.

Zinfandel/The Guilty Party

Zinfandel will give you a rich punch and a dry taste in your mouth just like The Guilty Party by Mel McGrath. On a night out, four friends witness a stranger in trouble. They decide to do nothing to help. But why did each of them refuse to step in? Why did none of them want to be noticed that night? Who is really responsible? You did nothing. That doesn’t mean you’re innocent. Just like the higher alcoholic content in Zinfandel, the guilt might be too much.

Chardonnay/Everything is F*cked (Coming soon!)

Chardonnay is dry and served cool like Everything is F*cked by Mark Manson. We live in an interesting time. Materially, everything is the best it’s ever been—we are freer, healthier and wealthier than any people in human history. Yet, somehow everything seems to be irreparably and horribly f*cked—the planet is warming, governments are failing, economies are collapsing, and everyone is perpetually offended on Twitter. What’s going on? If anyone can put a name to our current malaise and help fix it, it’s Mark Manson. Both the wine and the book will refresh you!

Let us know what your favourite wine, book or pairing is in the comments below or on Twitter @savvyreader!

Happy reading/sipping!


2 thoughts on “Perfect Pairings: Wine and Books!

  1. Such a great post! I have to admit though, that even after one glass of wine I’m no longer able to keep my focus on a book 😀 When I’m reading, I have to stick to non-alcoholic beverages, otherwise I’ll fall asleep in no time.

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