Get Reading This Summer

Get Reading This Summer

It’s probably safe to say the wine goes with anything--wine and cheese, wine and chocolate, wine and friends… wine and reading. And when temperatures make you want to lie motionless in a cool spot, you know it’s a great time to discover a few good reads. So open your favorite vintage and take few minutes to enjoy these offerings.


Fiction for Oenophiles

For those looking for a romantic saga, check out Vintner’s Daughter by Kristen Harnisch.

Set in the 1890s, seventeen-year-old Sara Thibault's journey begins in the Loire Valley when her father dies and her mother sells the family vineyard to her husband’s competitor. Sara’s sister marries into the rival winemaking family. When a violent episode forces the sisters to flee to America, Sara’s dream of following in her father’s footsteps are dashed. With a deep knowledge of winemaking, she makes her way to California to revive her dream of owning a winery. There, she meets a man on a Napa vineyard who could help her succeed, or derail her plans. This historical novel highlights age old wine-making techniques while an enchanting tale of betrayal, love, and redemption unfolds.

For those who enjoy mysteries, look for The Dark Vineyard by Martin Walker. It’s part of a series of books involving the investigations of police chief Bruno Courregese. This story is set in a vineyard in the Perigord region of France.


Non-fiction delights

Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste by Bianca Bosker. This New York Times bestselling author and journalist explores the inside world of sommeliers in an attempt to become one. While wine blogger and writer, Madeline Puckette, hailed it as “the Kitchen Confidential of wine,” others weren’t as enthusiastic. Cork Dork received its fair share of backlash from industry insiders.

A reading list wouldn’t be complete without including a tome that some liken to a literary version of a food and wine pairing manual. The Booklovers' Guide To Wine: A Celebration of the History, the Mysteries and the Literary Pleasures of Drinking Wine by Patrick Alexander. Based on the author’s six-week wine appreciation program at a bookstore in Coral Gables, FL, it masterfully blends great wine and great writers. In the book he writes, “If Marcel Proust was a wine, he would be a Gewurztraminer from Alsace.” More than that it covers all the basics of enjoying wine, including its history, and how best to drink and appreciate all the nuances


Get a little creative

Sometimes, we need a more meditative activity than reading, which why coloring books for adults are popular. They remind us of the simplicity of childhood and let us exercise our creativity. For wine lovers, a great option is #Wine Life: A Snarky Adult Colouring Book published by the indie adult coloring book publisher, Papeterie Bleu.

These are just a few of the array of titles available, and will help you get started on your Summer reading list.


Isabella Crisman