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Whether your book club spends weeks studying deep literary works or breezes through a series of cozy mysteries, there is one thing we can all agree on – a good book pairs perfectly with a good wine. Remember, Celebrate Responsibly.

Page-Turning Pairings

Story Line / Genre: Light Comedy

Pair with fun flavors. 

Wine Pairing: Chateau Graville-Lacoste, Bordeaux Blanc
Food Pairing: Lemon Curd Tarts

Story Line / Genre: Love Story

Pair with wine & food everyone will love. 

Wine Pairing: Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé
Food Pairing: Crab Bruschetta

Story Line / Genre: Biography

Pair these books with a food & wine with a lot of depth.

Wine Pairing: Santi Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore Solane
Food Pairing: Italian Meatballs Arrabiata

Story Line / Genre: Classic Literature

Pair with something classic.

Wine Pairing: Georges Du Boeuf Julienas
Food Pairing: Charcuterie Board

Story Line / Genre: Historic Novel

Pair with flavors that will be a favorite for years.


Wine Pairing: Chateau Bel-Air Bordeaux
Food Pairing: Warm Bleu Cheese, Walnut & Grape Phyllo Cup

Story Line / Genre: Mystery

Pair with something just as rich and mysterious.

Wine Pairing:
La Crema Russian River Pinot Noir
Food Pairing: Three Cheese Spread with Fig on Crostini

Story Line / Genre: Collection of Essays

Pair with a blend.

Wine Pairing:
Schloss Gobelsburg Rosé Austria
Food Pairing: Summer Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Book Club Pairing Chart

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Another fun idea:

Serve wines that come from regions in your featured books and cocktails popular during the book’s time period.

Literary-inspired cocktails


This is not only the name of a Hemingway book, it’s also a cocktail recipe he contributed to a book of celebrity recipes in 1935.




Pour one jigger of Absinthe into a Champagne saucer.


Add very cold Chandon Brut.


This is actually the original Gin Rickey, renamed by author F. Scott Fitzgerald who reportedly drank several a day because he thought gin couldn’t be smelled on his breath.



  • 2 oz. Beefeater London Dry gin
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
  • soda water

Garnish: lime twist or wedge



In an ice filled highball glass, combine the gin and lime juice, fill with soda water, stir and garnish.


Described in the book by Richard Hughes, A High Wind in Jamaica.



  • 1 ¼ oz. Citadelle Gin
  • 1 ¼ oz. Plantation Original Rum
  • 1 ¼ oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1 ¼ oz. St Remy French Brandy
  • 1 ¼ oz. Graham’s Seven Grapes Port
  • 5 oz. Guinness® stout or stout beer
  • 4 oz. Toso Brut Champagne


Add all five shots to a pint glass. Top to desired level with stout beer, 5 oz is just about right. Fill to top of glass with champagne.


Inspired from Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s.



  • 1 egg white or aquafaba
  • 2 ½ oz. Pisco Capel – Do not substitute for Peruvian Pisco
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • dash Angostura Bitters


In cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine egg white, Pisco, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Cover, shake vigorously for 15 seconds, and strain into six-ounce cocktail glass. Top with a few drops of bitters.

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