Wine & Dine? I Like Wine & Read Better

Food & Wine graces my coffee table alongside Wine Spectator. There are others, but these are my favorites in which I get the latest, greatest wine reviews. They cover the gamut to satisfy any aficionado, and recently there was a bonus. One of these illustrious gourmet magazines featured wine coolers as well, so now I am up to speed on proper refrigeration. I expect that a new wine cooler is going to come on premises soon. They give all the specs, prices, brands, and measurements. Along with online reviews, I can’t go wrong.

I am not only passionate about wine for entertaining, but also for myself – for relaxing and sipping, especially when curled up with a good book. I have enough of a collection to merit a wine fridge of my own so I can unburden my regular one as soon as possible. Wine can take up a lot of space. Plus, it needs temperature control, which you don’t get with the family fridge. Using the reviews I have been reading, I am going to select dual digital control, a 32 bottle capacity, stainless steel design, interior lighting, noise and vibration free operation, and more. It’s going to run at least three hundred dollars. It is going to make a big difference in how long I have to wait to uncork my beverage. Red line likes to breathe at room temperature!

As a reader, I have a certain perspective on what is important in life. Some people like to wine and dine, and that’s commendable; but for me, it is all about dine and read. Yes, I combine the best of both worlds and couldn’t be happier. The wine fridge has its place in my home just as my shelves of books occupy vital space. It is a marriage of convenience and love. Both count for a lot of personal contentment during my leisure time. Neither gets short shrift.

Do I just drink any wine within reach? Not so. I feel that certain wines go with certain books. You don’t pair a white with a heavy tome like The Red and the Black. You don’t drink red with books you would read on the beach during vacation. There is a bit of an art to it. Light fare such as Nicholas Sparks speaks for itself. When you delve into literature, you can get selective. The Hunger Games? Not sure. I would go with red since it is an intense story. How about historical fiction? If you are reading up on Napoleon, the Civil War, or the Great Depression—why not red as well. For The Secret Garden, go white. You can have a lot of fun debating the book/wine pairing idea with friends who share your passion.

You can spark up some pretty intense conversations with strangers on this subject, so it is a great way to socialize and make new friends. You can then invite them over to sample any of your special selections. Meanwhile you have a lot ahead of you if you have a significant book collection and want to start the pairings in advance.