Wine and Book Pairings...Bookwalter Wines!
Summertime is for relaxing, grabbing a book and a glass of wine; a glass of wine and a book, go hand in hand. When pairing wine and food, there are "rules" to what is paired with what, this way the wine and food complement each other. Are there "rules" with books....NO. Pick your favorite book, a bottle of wine, and spend some time losing yourself in the story while enjoying the wine. And as they say, behind every bottle of wine, there is a "story", just like a book.
The Wine Club wines for Vino Mas in the month of July 2019 are wines are from Bookwalter winery in Washington State. The labels feature "readers" on them. The wines this month are; Cabernet, Merlot and an un-oaked Chardonnay/Viognier Blend. Instead of food pairings, I am going to "pair" the wines with books.
Although there are not any rules to book and wine pairing, if there were, then the wine and books below would be classic pairings:
"Wine & War" - If you like history, this is a fantastic book about the untold story of France's courageous, cleaver vintners who protected and rescued the country's most treasured wines from the Germans during World War II.
"Wine & War" pairs perfectly with the Bookwalter Cabernet, the book goes deep into the history of the oldest and most revered vineyards of France. The Cabernet is dusty, dark and deep in color with aromatics and flavors of cassis, red currant, dark berries, and walnut shell. A stunning Cabernet from Washington’s oldest and most revered vineyards.
"Eight Hundred Grapes" - An easy, quick read set against the lush backdrop of Sonoma Country's wine country. This is a heartbreaking and funny novel about love, marriage, family, wine and how they all intersect. Why is the book called "Eight Hundred Grapes", because this is how many grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine.
"Eight Hundred Grapes" pairs wonderfully with the Bookwalter un-oaked Chardonnay/Viognier Blend. This book is unpretentious and is a quick easy read. The White Blend is easy to drink, will pair great with foods, family and friends. The symphony of fruit on the palate echoes the aromas lemon, apple, quince, and chamomile flowers. The wine enters the palate with freshness and has a generous mouth coating mid-palate. It remains seamless to the finish with bright acidity leaving you feeling fresh.
"The Wild Vine" - This read is about the American grape Norton. Inspired by Thomas Jefferson's mission of producing a native grape suitable for wine making, Dr Daniel Norton concocted a hybrid grape that went on to wine competitions in Vienna and Paris. This grape was presumed extinct, however, after the prohibition years, it was resuscitated and is grown in the mid-west and northeast. Norton is America's grape - this the tale of America's original vinicultural history.
"The Wild Vine" pairs up with the Bookwalter Merlot. This book toggles between today's times and the 1600's and beyond here in the United States. Merlot came into being sometime during the 1600s and 1700s in the Bordeaux region of France. Just like the Norton grape went out of "style" and needed to be resurrected, the Merlot grape has somewhat of a similar history. After the movie "Sideways" came out, Merlot was shunned, got a bad rap and went on a spiral downfall. Recently, the Merlot grape has made its comeback and the wines that are coming out of Washington and Napa Valley are laced with dark fruit flavors and spice. The Bookwalter Merlot is dark red in color, the wine shows aromatics and flavors of Black fruit, deep plum, spice, violets, and black tea.