Sipping on Wine and Words by Manning Wolfe
Manning Wolfe is an author and attorney from Austin releasing her debut book, Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs. Boots King. One of the our favorite parts of Wolfe’s book is the feisty leading character, a sassy Texas lawyer who finds drama both inside and outside the courtroom — and she loves wine (we can relate!). From Janet Evanovich to Michael Connelly, find out which wines Wolfe suggest you pair with these bestselling reads.
Although I read across many genres, my favorite books are thrillers, mysteries, and suspense. A beautiful reading spot or a snuggly comforter and a glass of wine complete the experience of being transported through the words of a fabulous writer.
The most successful book and wine pairings feature complementary components, richness and textures. In my newsletter, I feature a column on book and wine pairings. Here are some of my favorites:
- The Talented Mr. Ripley, a classic by Patricia Highsmith pairs well with the 2013 Chateau Peymouton Saint-Emilion. At under $30, its full bodied berries and black currants hold up well against impersonators and psychopaths.
- Hollow Man by Mark Pryor pairs well with a full bodied red. I suggest a 2013 Caymus Conundrum, 25th Anniversary, California Red Blend. With notes of chocolate, berries, and bacon bits, it’s priced nicely at under $30, and is a good choice when reading about a psychopath like Dominic.
- Janet Evanovich’s side splitting Stephanie Plum series, pairs well with The Francis Ford Coppola, Napa Valley, California, 2013 Votre Sante’. A real bargain at around $15, the baking spiced flavors with butter and toasted almonds makes this wine a good pairing for navigating a mystery or heist caper.
- An option for the Rhys Bowen Royal Spyness mysteries is the Texas Legato Winery Sweet Peggy Sue. With a nose of Granny Smith apples and peaches with hints of melon, and under $25, the Peggy Sue will take one through a cool afternoon of sipping on Bowen’s words and wine.
- Michael Connely’s latest Harry Bosch novel, The Crossing, pairs well with an energetic wine like the Domaine de law Pepiere Muscadet Sevre et Main sur Lie Clos des Briords Cuvee Vielles Vignes 2013. At under $20, this Muscadet will age for years, just like Harry Bosch, and its delicious minerality makes it a little heartier than the usual Muscadet.
When selecting a wine to pair, it’s also helpful to know whether you’ll be finishing the entire bottle with your book. If you’re having a white, you may want to prepare an ice bucket to keep the wine cold and handy. If you’re enjoying a red, a nice coaster and a bubbler to aerate the wine would be a nice touch.
Any fellow wine lovers who’d like to share their pairing ideas are welcome to do so on my website. If your wine makes the cut, I’ll gladly feature it in my newsletter.
Manning Wolfe, an author and attorney residing in Austin, Texas, writes cinematic-style, smart, fast-paced thrillers with a salting of Texas bullshit. The first in her series, featuring Austin Lawyer Merit Bridges, is Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs Boots King. A graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law, Manning’s experience has given her a voyeur’s peek into some shady characters’ lives and a front row seat to watch the good people who stand against them.
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