October 11, 2017

9 Books to Read with Wine

By Corney & Barrow

Is there anything more pleasurable than curling up on an autumn day with a good book? Yes – but only when that book comes with wine.

Snuggle up and uncork our perfect pairings.

 

The Mandibles & Terre de Lumiere Viognier

The year is 2029, the American economy is collapsing, and the Mandible family is far from their once-expected fortune. A world of mass unemployment, hyper-inflation and civil unrest are the backdrop for this novel. Let’s try to ignore the potential for this to become a reality with a glass of crisp and peachy Viognier, the Mandibles choice tipple.

 

A Gentleman in Moscow & C&B Rioja Crianza

After the Russian Revolution, Count Alexander Illyich Rostov is imprisoned in the luxurious Hotel Metropol. From his tiny attic room, he watches the world change around him. A tongue-in-cheek pick based on a wine-list trussle in the novel (no spoilers!), the C&B Rioja tastes like plum. Even the Count would approve!

 

The Violins of Saint-Jacques & Passobianco Tenuta di Passopisciaro

Let this pairing transport you on a cold evening to the magical (and fictitious) Caribbean island of Saint-Jacques, where passions – and a volcano – simmer. The Passobianco is actually grown on the slopes of Mount Etna. It seduces with tropical languor then bursts with real volcanic energy: an eruption of taste!

 

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie & Lustau Fino Sherry

Miss Jean Brodie is a maverick teacher at Marcia Blaine  School for Girls in Edinburgh, infamously in her prime, whose dealings with her five confidant students – the Brodie Set – are at the crux of this story. This Fino sherry is ferociously dry, incredibly multi-layered, and an acquired taste – just like Miss Brodie.

 

Bridget Jones & Pétale de Rose

Big pants, Chaka Khan, and vodka shots at the ready, it’s time for the ultimate chick-lit. It’s been over 20 years since Helen Fielding wrote her iconic character, but Bridget is still true to our hearts. Pair her with a bottle of this Rose, and pretend you’re on a romantic mini-break with your Mr Darcy.

 

The Secret History & Psi Peter Sisseck

This classic campus novel follows an elite group of eccentric students as they descend into murderous madness fuelled by Greek mythology. The Psi is 100% Tempranillo, buzzing with a spicy youthful energy, and perfect for this secret novel.

 

The Muse & Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Cecilia Beretta

Jessie Burton’s novel hurtles along roads of domestic discord, local disputes, civil war and what will become World War Two. At the heart of it is the story of two young women, full of intrigue and suspense, bound together by a mysterious painting. We’ve paired this with the Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso – an intense, multi-layered vintage with added aromatic, sugary Amorone grape skins to boost flavour.

 

My Brilliant Friend & Shiraz Viognier The Lane

If you’re yet to catch Ferrante Fever, this has to be your next read. Elena Ferrante transports you completely into the claustrophobic world of female friendship in this first of the Neopolitan Novels. Get sucked in with The Lane’s compelling harmony of red and white in this Shiraz Viognier.

 

The Great Gatsby & C&B Sauternes

Gatsby is the very definition of the 1920s – jazz, fast cars, fast women, incredible parties, and lethal cocktails. A whirlwind of glitz, glamour and intrigue, followed by an intensely sobering message. The Sauternes is a wine which unveils the book’s true character – a divine sweetness built on Noble Rot.

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