An evening curled up with a good book is the epitome of enjoyment for many. Sometimes all you need is a warm blanket, a cosy armchair, and a classic piece of literature to make an evening special, perhaps a glass of good wine to complement your journey into another world. After all, reading and wine make such wonderful partners.
As we all spend more time indoors, now is the perfect time to indulge in an evening of wine and books. Perhaps a soft merlot with a classic love story, or a chardonnay with a swanky 20s romp.
Now you have more time, what should you be reading? Let this list of seven classics and their wine pairings inspire you.
1- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina is the classic love story at its finest. It is a study of love and human behaviour, and the celebrations, bad decisions, passion, and tragedies that inevitably ensue. While this tale is a classic, it is effortlessly relatable to readers nearly a century and a half after it was written.
An extraordinary love story deserves to be enjoyed with an extraordinary vintage, and the Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Carmenere rises to this occasion with ease. As you sip this wine, you’ll taste notes of cherries and blackberries, with a subtle peppery kick. Just like Anna Karenina, this wine’s persistent finish will leave you wanting more, so you may need to plan another evening of wine and books in the near future!
2- Beloved by Toni Morrison
Anything by Toni Morrison would make an excellent selection for an evening of wine and reading. Based on a true story, Beloved takes the reader on a journey through tragedy and motherhood as one American former slave struggles with memories of the past. If you’re looking for an emotionally moving read, Toni Morrison’s eloquent and gripping prose will not disappoint.
This heartbreaking classic is best enjoyed with a Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Syrah. Pour a glass of this violet-red wine and let its sweet mix of delicate spices and dark berries soften the searing quality of this classic novel. Sweet, elegant wine alongside gripping emotional tragedy will provide the perfect pairing for a night of wine and books.
3- The Shining by Stephen King
If you prefer to hunker down for a night of wine and reading with a good horror novel, Stephen King’s The Shining should make the top of your list. The book is a classic in its genre for its eerie suspense that escalates into thrilling horror. The like a fine wine, this story grows in intensity over time, and stays in the memory of its readers long after they’ve finished reading.
An enthralling horror story is best enjoyed with Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine bursts onto the palate with bold flavours of dark berries, cedar, and slight pepper notes. A bold story calls for flavours to matc, and this combination is sure to enliven your evening.
4- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude is the perfect choice for a night of wine and reading. This transcendent piece of fiction covers the history of a town called Macondo that hasn’t had contact with the outside world for years. You’ll enjoy the magical realism of this novel as you relish in your own solitude at home.
One Hundred Years of Solitude is best enjoyed with the Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Carmenere. Just as the Buendía family avoids contact with the outside world in the novel, the Carmenere grape also disappeared for 150 years until it was rediscovered. This potent red wine hits on the stubborn resilience of humankind, and contributes a deep, rich flavour to your evening of wine and books.
5- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
When you think of the classics, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby may be one of the first to come to mind. As the main character is known for throwing lavish parties in his mansion, the name Gatsby has become synonymous with wealth and extravagance.
So why not celebrate your evening of wine and books in Gatsby-esque style? There’s no better pairing for this novel than Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Chardonnay. This refreshing white wine gives notes of lemon and pear, providing the kind of vibrance needed to celebrate in Roaring 20s style.
6- Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
If you prefer a more recent classic for your night of wine and books, Salman Rushdie’s 1981 novel, Midnight’s Children, has had readers talking for years. This book encapsulates the age of Indian independence with an air of magic, tackling themes of identity and nationality with beautiful language and a healthy dose of humour.
Rushdie’s novel pairs well with Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Malbec. Just like this playful yet epic story, this Malbec introduces elements of softness. It combines notes of blueberries and plums with chocolate and soft tannins. The two come together as an enchanting combination for an evening of reading and wine.
7- White Teeth by Zadie Smith
For a more contemporary option to include in your evening of wine and reading, pick up a copy of Zadie Smith’s novel, White Teeth, first published 20 years ago. The story focuses on three diverse families and their lives in London. It is destined to be a modern classic and has already won multiple awards, including the Guardian First Book Award.
Enjoy White Teeth with Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Sauvignon Blanc. Citrusy yet intense, a glass of this fine wine will touch on the fresh and unique writing style of Zadie Smith. Sips of crisp white wine between pages will complement the enthusiasm and wit that Smith instils in her standout first novel. Savour this combination for a light and fresh spin on an evening of reading and wine.