Summer 2021 Book Club: Served with a Twist!
Whether we’re indulging on the back porch or an exotic beach, one of our favorite summer treats is devouring new, can’t-put-them-down novels. This time of year has us reaching for almost-effortless books that raise our heartrates and keep us flipping pages to find out what will happen next. If you’re the type of reader who regularly tells lies like “just two more pages and I’ll be right there!” this summer reading list is for you. Celebrate National Book Lover’s Day with us on August 9th and take a trip to your local bookstore for a new book or two!
To keep with the twisty-turny plot themes in our list, we put together wine pairings that also have a bit of a surprise twist. Consider pouring these curated favorites from our Wine Shop to sip while you escape with a new story.
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
“Edward Fosca is a murderer. Of this Mariana is certain. But Fosca is untouchable. A handsome and charismatic Greek Tragedy professor at Cambridge University, Fosca is adored by staff and students alike—particularly by the members of a secret society of female students known as The Maidens.”
Wine Pairing: Middle Sister Sweetie Pie Red
It’s common for many wine drinkers to think of Moscato when we’re talking about sweet wine, but here’s the twist: red wines can also be sweet. If you’re the type to reach for dessert first, give Middle Sister Sweetie Pie Red a try. She makes a beautiful pairing with spicy dishes and anything hot off the grill topped in barbecue sauce. Shop online or find a bottle near you.
Survive the Night by Riley Sager
“It’s November 1991. Nirvana’s in the tape deck, and movie-obsessed college student Charlie Jordan is in a car with a man who might be a serial killer. What follows is a game of cat-and-mouse played out on night-shrouded roads and in neon-lit parking lots, during an age when the only call for help can be made on a pay phone and in a place where there’s nowhere to run. In order to win, Charlie must do one thing–survive the night.”
Wine Pairing: GAZE Wine Cocktails
GAZE Wine Cocktails put the literal twist top on quality canned drinks. These wine-based cocktails are masterfully blended with blueberry and pomegranate juices, green tea, kombucha and coconut water to help you find a mindful moment to stop and gaze. The twist-top cans make them perfect for summer adventure! Shop online or find a bottle near you.
If I Disappear by Eliza Jane Brazier
“When her favorite true crime podcast host goes missing, an adrift young woman plunges headfirst into the wild backcountry of Northern California and her own dangerous obsession. The more Sera digs into this unfamiliar world, the more off things start to feel. Because Rachel is not the first woman to vanish from the ranch, and she won’t be the last…”
Wine Pairing: Bar Dog California Chardonnay
There is some seriously good wine behind the cutest label you ever did see. It’s so good, Bar Dog Chardonnay brought home Gold in the 2020 S.F. Chronicle International Wine Competition. And it gets even better, Bar Dog wines supports rescue shelters across North America in partnership with the Petfinder Foundation. Shop online or find a bottle near you.
Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
“When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover from a horrible breakup, her life seems to be following all the typical rom-com tropes. She’s tasked with saving her Tita Rosie’s failing restaurant, and she has to deal with a group of matchmaking aunties who shower her with love and judgment. But when a notoriously nasty food critic (who happens to be her ex-boyfriend) drops dead moments after a confrontation with Lila, her life quickly swerves from a Nora Ephron romp to an Agatha Christie case.”
Wine Pairing: Cherry Pie Tri-County Pinot Noir
When reading a story that starts in a kitchen, it’s only natural to pair a culinary-themed wine. The winemaker created this affordable, award-winning wine with inspiration from his grandmother’s baking and the artwork of TR Colletta. Cherry Pie is rich and layered, reminiscent of the flavors and aromas of something delicious and beautiful, being made with care. Shop online or find a bottle near you.
Don’t Miss Out!
We currently have a special deal on a Middle Sister wines 12-pack featuring four whites that will help you cool off during this final stretch of summer. For a limited time, you can save $30 on a pack including three bottles each of Middle Sister Surfer Chick Sauvignon Blanc, Smarty Pants Chardonnay, Sweet & Savvy Moscato and Drama Queen Pinot Grigio.
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