It’s that time of year when trying to find the perfect gift seems nearly impossible, especially when it comes to books and wine. Finding something that’s not already on your loved ones' shelves, as well as something they'll love can be time consuming. Sleigh the season with our curated book and bottle gift guide!
For The Romantic Who Refuses To Grow Up:
Brothers James and Alex barely have anything in common anymore—least of all their experiences in high school, where James is a popular senior and Alex is suddenly an outcast. But at home, there is Henry, the precocious 10-year-old across the street, who eagerly befriends them both. And when Alex takes up running, there is James’s friend Nathen, who unites the brothers in moving and unexpected ways. This wine, like the book, will carve a place in your heart forever with its stunning style and supple structure. Organic and biodynamic, this red wine has notes of red and black fruit, with a fun finish that lingers sip after sip.
For The Amateur Detective:
On the day Stockholm police officer Hanna Ahlander’s personal and professional lives crash, she takes refuge at her sister’s lodge in the Swedish ski resort paradise of Åre. But it’s a brief comfort. The entire village is shaken by the sudden vanishing of a local teenage girl. Hanna can’t help but investigate, and joins forces with Detective Inspector Daniel Lindskog, who has been tasked with finding the girl. Their only lead: a scarf in the snow. Flip and sip on this biodynamic blend of Zibibbo and Albanello, that showcases intriguing minerality, along with ripe apples, hints of peach blossom, and savory herbs.
For The Superhero Fanatic:
V.E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn't automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question. Meanwhile, Danilo Thomain is a heroic master of extremes, producing this fantastic red wine that benefits from the scorching days and chilly nights in Enfer d’Arvier, which translates to “hell of Arvier.” Sustainably farmed, this wine is beautifully balanced with luscious fruit and acidity.
For The Person Who Loves True Stories Minus The Boring Parts:
How To Make A Slave and Other Essays by Jerald Walker
Maison Noir Oregogne Garage-d'Or Chardonnay 2017
Walker elegantly blends personal revelation and cultural critique, which results in this bracing and often humorous examination of what it is to grow, parent, write, and exist as a black American male. Walker refuses to lull his readers; instead his missives urge them to do better as they consider, through his eyes, how to be a good citizen, how to be a good father, how to live, and how to love. Enjoy alongside another knockout wine from Andre H. Mack. Oregogne Chardonnay is a Burgundian-style white with a modern twist. The palette is engaging, with flinty mineral flavors that usher in crisp lemon, cucumber, green pear, grilled hazelnuts and yellow apple.