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Wine and Book Pairing


One of our favorite things to pair with a glass of good wine is a good book. Whether you’re looking to host that boozy bookclub brunch with your friends, or you’ve barely managed to carve out some sacred “me-time” and are looking to immerse yourself into another world…we’ve got the perfect wine and book pairing for you! Keep reading to find our wine and book pairing for each month this spring and summer season!

May

In recognition of Cinco de Mayo, we want to explore Mexican and Mexican American authors this month to honor their contribution to our country’s culture and the literary world as a whole.

Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel

This classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner, Mama Elena, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of pregnancy. While still in her mother’s womb, her daughter to be weeps so violently she causes an early labor, and little Tita slips out amid the spices and fixings for noodle soup. This early encounter with food soon becomes a way of life, and Tita grows up to be a master chef, using cooking to express herself and sharing recipes with readers along the way. Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

To complement the intricate yet substantial storytelling and plot of Like Water for Chocolate, we recommend our Bogle Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc. This overall crisp and refreshing wine is met with textural richness midpalate with fleshy fruit and crisp acidity. Love and food are the dominating themes of this book, and our Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect food-friendly wine, especially with Mexican-inspired meals. Enjoy a glass with your meal as you dive into the beautifully imagined world created by Laura Esquivel.

June

As we look to kick-off the longest day of the year and the warmest months of the year, we can’t help but welcome the summer solstice and all the beauty and magic this season brings. The summer solstice is a time to embrace the light and honor a time for happiness, warmth, and growth. To help us relish the extra hours of sunlight, we embraced the magic and mystery of the solstice with a book that’s equally thought-provoking and heartwarming.

The Music of Bees, by Eileen Garvin

A heartwarming debut novel following three lonely strangers in a rural Oregon town, each working through grief and life’s curveballs, who are brought together by happenstance on a local honeybee farm where they find surprising friendship, healing–and maybe even a second chance–just when they least expect it. The Music of Bees will leave you feeling optimistic and will inspire readers to find hope in a broken world.

As we surround ourselves in a world of beekeeping, we can’t help but gravitate toward the floral notes of our Rosé. In the glass, this lovely wine unveils a pale pink hue that sets the stage for a delightful experience. Sun-kissed strawberries and ripe nectarines beckon, leading to a refreshingly crisp entry. The journey culminates with a finish adorned by notes of juicy watermelon and a subtle touch of citrus. With such balance and elegance, this wine screams summer!

July

The Fourth of July holiday is setting a mood for historical fiction this month! Stepping back in time to reflect and learn from stories past, we endeavor to 1939 France during a time of war and occupation.

The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France―a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.

To mirror the depth and layers of intense storytelling, try our heritage varietal Petite Sirah with blueberry and boysenberry to command the entry and a spice that, just as the The Nightingale, will linger on the palate long after you put the book down.

August

With the summer blazing on into some of the warmest months of the year, we might look for a book with a cool, surprising splash of intrigue!

The Covenant of Water, by Abraham Verghese

Set in Southern India—where “the land is shaped by water”—the novel follows three generations of a family that are bound by a uniquely disquieting truth: in every generation, at least one family member will drown. And, because it’s Verghese, it’s not just a humble story of life and death, it’s a resounding and astounding, intimate and expansive, story of how cultural, social, and racial politics play out in the lives of wives, doctors, artists—many of whom are orphans—striving to find home and purpose in a world that is ever-shifting and ever-dangerous. Filled with shimmery, charismatic people who love deeply and dream big, The Covenant of Water is an entirely magnetic read that you won’t want to end.

Consider pairing this book with our summer favorite, Bogle Family Vineyard’s Pinot Grigio. The bright and refreshing wine will make a beautiful contrast to Verghese’s deep and layered tale. Classic flavors of pear, melon and citrus echo from the aromatics to the palate, while the zing of freshly zested Meyer lemon remains throughout. Orange blossoms and clover honey lead to the delicate finish: light, lean and inspiring.

Happy Place, by Emily Henry

Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they met in college—they go together like salt and pepper, honey and tea, lobster and rolls. Except, now—for reasons they’re still not discussing—they don’t. They broke up five months ago. And still haven’t told their best friends. Which is how they find themselves sharing a bedroom at the Maine cottage that has been their friend group’s yearly getaway for the last decade. Their annual respite from the world, where for one vibrant, blissful week they leave behind their daily lives; have copious amounts of cheese, wine, and seafood; and soak up the salty coastal air with the people who understand them most.

Consider pairing this book with our summer favorite, Bogle Family Vineyard’s Pinot Grigio. The bright and refreshing wine will beautifully complement Henry’s intriguing and layered story in an unforgetable summer setting. Classic flavors of pear, melon and citrus echo from the aromatics to the palate, while the zing of freshly zested Meyer lemon remains throughout. Orange blossoms and clover honey lead to the delicate finish: light, lean and inspiring.