Need a little “Sneak Taste”?!

I’m back and ready to read and drink!  Need a “sneak taste” of what I’ve been reading and sipping?

Here’s what’s on tap for Pour Me Another Novel over for the next few weeks!

Once Upon a Vine wine and the Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

Independent Chenin Blanc and Autumn in the Vineyard by Marina Adair

Redux Sauvignon Blanc and The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

Sequin Pinot Grigio and Taking the Lead by Derek Hough

The Light Grape White Blend and What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman

The Proper Etiquette of Wine Tasting with Your Own Winery

Demarest Farms Wine Festival and the fabulous Auburn Road Winery

Online Wine Clubs: Club W Profile

Yoga in the Vineyard at Cava Winery

The Grand Harvest Wine Festival in Morristown

Dandy Chardonnay and The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristin Harmel


Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!


In keeping with this week’s “Classics” theme, I’m toasting Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with a glass of Chardonnay!

Instead of music as background noise today at work, I listened tons of incredible lectures on Shakespeare’s life and works throughout the day in celebration.  Once a literature nerd, always a literature nerd!

For the past 8 weeks, I have been taking a massive open online course (MOOC) on Shakespeare and his world, through the University of Warwick in England in conjunction with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust at Stratford-Upon-Avon.  It’s fascinating and I’m enjoying this online course more than any of my undergraduate Shakespeare courses.  Futurelearn is the course provider. It connects learners with universities all over the globe…FOR FREE.  It doesn’t get any better than that!  I encourage you to check out their open courses.  I’m really enjoying the experience.

This week’s play is Antony and Cleopatra.  And of course I read the assigned scenes with a glass of wine!  Definitely not light reading, though!  It’s not my favorite Shakespeare play, however, I’ll read anything with a glass of wine!

How did you celebrate?


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Chardonnay and Pride & Prejudice

Happy belated Easter to all those who celebrate!  I hope everyone enjoyed a wine filled weekend!  


Photo credit to Auburn Road Vineyard and Winery’s Facebook page.

I still have a little under 40% left in Pride & Prejudice (or so my Kindle says!).  I will be finishing it this week.  But like a good wine, I’m really enjoying savoring my favorite (thus far) Jane Austen novel.  

This past week I’ve paired my novel reading with Cupcake Vineyards Chardonnay.  I’ve tasted quite a few variations of Chardonnay, but this one is my particular favorite.  I mean, just the website’s description of its flavor will make you salivate! 

When I think of a classy glass of wine, I think of Chardonnay.  What better type of book to pair it with, than a classic by Jane Austen! There are many things that I enjoy about Pride & Prejudice.  The drama and gossip between the sisters is like a soap opera.  I find it so fun and humorous at times, yet extremely poignant and brilliant.  Elizabeth Bennet is the crowning jewel.  She is such a strong female character.  I find myself admiring her wit, energy, and determination.  She stands above the other the female characters in Austen’s novel.  She’s poised, yet incredibly stubborn.  And so is Darcy.  Even though he’s arrogant, he’s multidimensional.  I love complex characters.  Austen does an amazing job unfolding this complicated, yet lovingly honest relationship between Darcy and Bennet.  All relationships are complicated. Most of the time, couples don’t fall in love immediately.  It’s a journey.  Much like finding a favorite wine!

One of the reasons I love Chardonnay is because your taste buds experience a variety of flavors, very much like Pride & Prejudice. It’s dry, yet sweet, rich, yet light, with a hint of citrus sourness.  I like it best chilled.  I find that the citrus really pulls through when the wine is cold.

It was the perfect treat while reading about Elizabeth’s travels through London and her run-ins with Mr. Darcy. 

I think Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet would definitely share a glass of Chardonnay on the grounds of Pemberley, don’t you?


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