My Favorite Wine and Enjoying First Frost

I recently had the opportunity to travel to the Cayman Islands for work.  It was my first time in the Caribbean! I was working at the Cayman Cookout event, a food and wine festival that attracts some of the best chefs and wine makers in the world.  Enjoying the Caribbean during winter AND sampling some food and wine, all while staying at The Ritz?! I am one lucky girl. Aside from the memories of sandy beaches and sunshine, along with meeting famous chef Jose Andres, I left the Caymans with a favorite wine from Justin Winery.


It was the best Sauvignon Blanc I’ve ever had.  Since I’ve been back in the states, no Sauv Blanc has even come to close to my love of this Justin wine.  Luckily I was able to find it on and ordered a bunch of bottles! It’s even available at a decent price! I’ve also found it at Gary’s Wine and Marketplace.  Can’t wait to pick up a couple of bottles this week! It’s even on sale!

Clearly I couldn’t just pair ANY book with my beloved Justin Sauvignon Blanc, so I chose the latest release from my favorite author, Sarah Addison Allen, First Frost.

Those who are familiar with Addison Allen’s work will recognize some beloved characters from one of her other novels, Garden Spells.

The Waverley sisters are back and faced with new challenges. With the impending first frost, the sisters are restless. Claire’s candy has become so successful that her magical garden cannot keep up with the popularity and demand of her magical candy.  She begins to fear that her magical ability isn’t really magic at all. Sydney’s daughter Bay falls in love for the first time and Sydney yearns to have another baby. As they prepare for the first frost celebration, tensions are high when a stranger enters Bascom with a very un-Waverley desire.

The Waverley sisters are probably two of my favorite characters in fiction. Reading stories that focus on their sisterly bond and their family dynamic is comfortable. I feel like I’m reading about two friends and that I’ve come to know their family and their idiosyncrasies. I really hope that this is not the last time Sarah Addison Allen writes about the Waverleys!

I would love to be invited to Claire and Sydney’s first frost party. I’d be sure to bring a bottle of Justin Wine with me!


Getting Lost with Lost Lake and Ceci Bella Wine

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Recently I read Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen.  She is one of my favorite authors.

Because of Allen’s magical ability to let her readers taste the food and drinks she writes about, I knew I had to find a flavorful wine to pair with her latest novel.  Picking a wine for this book was an easy decision.  I knew I had to drink Ceci Bella Acai Raspberry Cabernet Sauvignon by Cava Winery, a local New Jersey winery.

Usually I am not a red wine enthusiast, but I absolutely ADORE Ceci Bella Acai Raspberry Cabernet Sauvignon.  I think I may even go as far as to say that this is my favorite wine. Ever.  That’s how delicious it is.  The taste is smooth, fruity, a little tart, and full of amazing, sweet, robust flavors.  I like to drink my Ceci Bella cold (unlike most red wine).

It was the perfect wine to drink with Lost Lake, because the wine is quirky and different, much like Allen’s characters.  I have read every one of her books, and each has an absolute mystical quality.  It’s easy to relate to her characters, but they usually have some strange magical quality, which I find intriguing.  What I loved most about Lost Lake was its focus on each character becoming stronger within their own self.  It was a search for meaning and a life lesson that it’s OK to be lost sometimes.

I thought it was appropriate that I finished Lost Lake on the beach of Lake George over Memorial Day weekend!


This is the perfect summer read.  So chill your favorite fruity wine, and grab Lost Lake because you’re not going to want to put the book or your glass down!

Check out Lost Lake here!