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Book & Wine Pairings

There’s something magical about the combination of a good book and a glass of fine wine. As we step into 2024, we’ve curated a list of perfect wine pairings from Wente Vineyards to elevate your reading experience. 


Ann Patchett’s “Tom Lake” & Wente Vineyards Chardonnay

Ann Patchett’s “Tom Lake” is a literary gem that unfolds with a richness and depth reminiscent of a finely aged wine. This novel, marked by Patchett’s signature storytelling prowess, explores the complexities of human relationships against the backdrop of the eponymous Tom Lake. The narrative weaves through the lives of its characters, revealing layers of emotion and connection that resonate long after the last page is turned. To complement the nuanced storytelling of “Tom Lake,” I recommend pairing this book with Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Chardonnay. Much like the novel’s intricate plot, the Riva Ranch Chardonnay offers layers of flavor, with notes of ripe pear, tropical fruits, and a subtle hint of vanilla. The wine’s balanced richness and elegant finish create a sensory experience that enhances the contemplative atmosphere of Patchett’s prose, making it an ideal companion for moments of literary indulgence. 


Ana Reyes’s “The House in the Pines” & Wente Vineyards nth DEGREE Cabernet Sauvignon

Ana Reyes’s “The House in the Pines” is a poignant exploration of family, heritage, and the intricate threads that bind us to the places we call home. Reyes crafts a narrative that unfolds with both grace and urgency, capturing the essence of generational ties and the echoes of the past that linger in the present. To complement the evocative storytelling of “The House in the Pines,” I recommend pairing this novel with Wente Vineyards nth DEGREE Cabernet Sauvignon. The deep, dark fruit flavors and velvety texture of this Cabernet Sauvignon mirror the novel’s complexity and intensity, offering a sensory journey that resonates with the themes of the book. As you delve into Reyes’s exploration of identity and belonging, let the robust and expressive notes of the Cabernet Sauvignon enhance the immersive experience, creating a perfect harmony between literature and the art of winemaking. 


Curtis Sittenfeld’s “Romantic Comedy” & Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Chardonnay

Curtis Sittenfeld’s “Romantic Comedy” is a literary delight that skillfully navigates the intricacies of modern love, humorously exploring the complexities of relationships against the backdrop of contemporary life. Sittenfeld’s witty prose and keen observations add layers of charm and insight to this compelling tale of romance and self-discovery. To elevate the reading experience of “Romantic Comedy,” consider pairing it with Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Chardonnay. The bright and refreshing notes of green apple and citrus in the Chardonnay provide a perfect complement to the novel’s light-hearted yet thought-provoking narrative. As you follow the characters through the twists and turns of love and laughter, let the crisp elegance of Morning Fog Chardonnay add a touch of sophistication to the delightful journey crafted by Sittenfeld’s pen. Cheers to the perfect pairing of a captivating book and a glass of exquisite wine! 


 Nina Simon’s “Mother-Daughter Murder Night” & Wente Vineyards Cabernet Franc

 Nina Simon’s “Mother-Daughter Murder Night” is a gripping thriller that unfolds with a tapestry of suspense, family secrets, and unexpected twists. Simon masterfully weaves a narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats, exploring the complex dynamics between mothers and daughters against a backdrop of mystery and intrigue. To enhance the suspenseful atmosphere of “Mother-Daughter Murder Night,” I recommend pairing it with Wente Vineyards Cabernet Franc. This velvety red wine with its luscious hints of plum and cherry adds a layer of richness and depth that complements the novel’s intense storytelling. As you delve into the pages of this thrilling tale, allow the smooth and supple notes of the Cab Franc to elevate your reading experience, creating a perfect harmony of suspense and indulgence.