Not only is May 25th the traditional kickoff of summer, it also happens to be National Wine Day! We can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by pouring a glass of your favorite wine and curling up with a good book, but not just any book. We’ve paired our favorite delectable titles with their bacchanalian doppelgangers to give you eight book-and-beverage pairs that complement each other in essence and flavor. So help yourself to your favorite wine and its literary counterpart, and enjoy a delightful reading experience.
This light, summery white wine pairs perfectly with this hilarious and heartwarming New York Times bestseller and blockbuster sensation. With citrus and floral notes, a Riesling is sweet, highly acidic, and goes well with something spicy—the perfect companion to this decadent and riotous love saga about Singapore’s most eligible bachelor.
A delicate, light-bodied wine is the ideal companion to this beloved and timeless classic. Taste the apple, pear, and almond flavors of the Pinot Gris while savoring the charming, wholesome tale of the March sisters. You’ll find that both the wine and the novel are sweet and refreshing with a slight tinge of bitterness that resolves in the end.
This crisp, herbaceous wine serves as the perfect accompaniment to these raucous and sassy essays by Helen Ellis. Experience the aggressive citrus flavors of the Sauvignon Blanc while enjoying this side-splitting, singular view on womanhood. With this book-and-beverage pair, there’s plenty of tartness and zest to go around.
A large glass of Chardonnay is essential to fully relishing Nora Ephron’s tragically comedic breakup novel. With medium to full-bodied flavors of fruit and bourbon, this white wine is smart and snappy, just like Ephron’s inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast. Both dry and rich, don’t be surprised to find hints of butterscotch and snark in both your book and your glass.
Just a few sips of this light and rosy red are sure to prepare your palette for this dazzling novel that grapples with questions of identity, belonging, and the search for home. Not too sweet and not too dry, the light-bodied and vegetal Pinot Noir perfectly complements this moving and passionate love story by award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
This highly acidic red wine is an excellent match for Samantha Irby’s rip-roaring and irresistibly funny essay collection. With a fruit forward and smoky flavor, grab a bold glass of Zinfandel before settling into this unflinching, riotous, and relatable instant New York Times bestseller.
A full-bodied Malbec is the perfect beverage companion to Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel. The rich tasting notes of this red wine pair well with this grappling, thoughtful, and enduring classic that brought the wrenching experience of slavery into the literature of our time.
This expansive and finish-driven wine pairs flawlessly with this compelling epic. With notes of spices and cedar, savor the dry, rich flavor of Cab Sauv whilst being captivated by the parallel paths of two half-sisters and their descendants through eight generations. You’ll find that both the Cab Sauv and this spellbinding novel plumb extraordinary depths.