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 wine.com 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!
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
I recently read This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. FYI, This is Where I Leave You is coming to a movie theater near you this fall. Check out the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH0cEP0mvlU
After watching the trailer and learning that it had been based on Tropper’s book, I was intrigued and had to read it. The book took place in the fall so what better wine to drink with it than Harvest Moon from the Warwick Valley Winery, deep in the heart of the black dirt region of New York state. Harvest Moon is one of my absolute favorite wines. It’s a white wine with subtle peach and apricot flavors. It’s semi dry and semi-sweet. The incredibly refreshing taste is perfect served chilled or on ice.
While I was enjoying the wine, I was not enjoying the book. I was very disappointed. From viewing the trailer and reading the book synopsis and reviews, I was expecting something very different. I don’t consider myself to be a person who is offended by language or vulgar jokes. However, the language was very vulgar and every chapter had to do with sex. I felt like the vulgarity and language really took away from the plot. But, hey, everyone has their own taste in books. This book was not mine.
I’ll definitely be taking the wine with me, but I’m sorry Johnathan Tropper, this is where I leave you.
Interested in checking out This is Where I Leave You for yourself? Click here!
And check out Warwick Valley Winery and all of their amazing wines!
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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