Wine Pairings for Our Favorite Fall 2020 Books

2020 book and wine pairings

Five 2020 Book and Wine Pairings

Attention bookworms! Need a new fall read? These 2020 book and wine pairings are the perfect excuse to curl up with a warm blanket this afternoon. 

After all, it’s been a strange year. But there are some highly anticipated new releases that just came out and we’ve got to tell you – they do not disappoint.

We believe a Saturday spent curled up with a great book and a great glass of wine is basically the best thing ever. So, why not treat yourself to a quiet afternoon of reading and sipping before the holidays?

If you’re looking for a new book to sink your teeth into, check out our five favorite fall 2020 books and wine pairings to match. 

2020 books and wine pairings
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1. The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante & Italian Wine

Bestselling author Elena Ferrante is back with a powerful new novel that critics are calling “the literary event of the year.” In The Lying Life of Adults, twelve-year-old Giovanna embarks on a journey of self-discovery after being told that she bears a resemblance to her Aunt Vittoria – who her father despises. Set in Naples, this novel pairs well with a rustic Italian red wine. If you really want to transport yourself into the world of the story, try Aglianico, a red wine with notes of spiced plum and smoke. It’s made in Campania – the wine region where Naples is located.

2020 fall books and wine pairings
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2. Jack by Marilynne Robinson & Shiraz

Jack, the latest novel from Pulitzer Prize winning author Marilynne Robinson, is a sublime love story set during segregation in which Robinson explores themes of faith, existentialism, and race. This emotional story of an interracial romance pairs well with a bold and substantial red wine like Shiraz. With bold fruity notes of blackberry, plus a hint of tobacco and earthiness, this rich red wine will hold its own next to this powerful novel.

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2020 book and wine pairings
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3. Having and Being Had by Eula Biss & Sauvignon Blanc

In her latest collection of essays, award-winning non-fiction writer Eula Biss explores American consumerism, privilege, and how we assign value. Having and Being Had takes a sharp look at the world we’re living in today and it pairs well with a similarly crisp and acidic wine. With bright fruit notes of citrus and passionfruit, Sauvignon Blanc makes a great match for this New York Times Editors’ Choice pick.

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4. Eartheater by Dolores Reyes & Malbec 

Dolores Reyes’ debut novel has been described as “electrifying and provocative, visceral and profound.” Eartheater centers on a young woman in Argentina with a rare and terrifying gift: the ability to solve crimes by eating dirt. This powerful feminist story pairs well with an Argentinian Malbec. Bold and fruity with silky smooth tannins, Malbec will make you feel at home in this dark and captivating story.

What Can I Do?
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5. What Can I Do?: My Path from Climate Despair to Action by Jane Fonda & Sustainable Wine

Lifelong activist and Hollywood star Jane Fonda just released a new book that everyone’s talking about. What Can I Do?: My Path from Climate Despair to Action explores the current climate crisis and outlines the actions that people can take during this critical time. Enjoy this highly relevant guide along with a sustainable wine like Terraform Red Blend

In Vino Finito

If you need help finding wine to pair with your current literary obsession, email us and we can help. Happy reading!

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Our staff is full of passionate wine lovers. With our amazing sommeliers at the helm, we’ve been schooled on all things wine. We came together to write this article, in hopes of spreading a little wine-ducation with you.

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