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Classic Literature and Wine Pairings

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I feel cozy already!

To help us all get through the week, I thought we should have a little fun this Thursday. As you may or may not know, by day I am a copywriter for a wine marketing company that manages several wine clubs. One of these clubs matches wines with classic movies, which is really cool if you’re a movie buff. But what about us bookworms? Don’t we deserve to curl up with a classic novel and a delicious glass of wine after a long day?

Yes, we do.

So whether you’re a wine newbie, casual taster, or seasoned enthusiast, here are four classic novels and four classic wines to enjoy:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen & Moscato

One of the most beloved romances of all time, Pride and Prejudice blends sweet moments between characters with sharp wit and the bitterness of pride. Its ideal complement? Moscato. When sweet, Moscato has a delicious “grapey” flavor. It’s a beautiful, easy gateway into the world of wine, much like Pride and Prejudice is a wonderful introduction to Austen and romance. When dry, Moscato carries all the zip and zing of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s quips.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald & Chardonnay

The Great Gatsby is the paragon of 1920s glitz and glamour – and of course, a tragic tale of unrequited love and self-sacrifice. The Queen of Whites, Chardonnay, is an elegant partner. Depending on the wine making technique, it can be light and tropical-fruited (like the quintessential flapper), or rich and buttery (like Gatsby himself).

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde & Red Bordeaux (Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon)

In The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde paints the tragic tale of a vain young man, hellbent on holding onto his youthfulness, no matter what the moral cost. Dorian expresses classic human desires and fears – much like red Bordeaux displays the hallmarks of classic French wine. And, like Dorian’s physique, Bordeaux’s ripe red fruit flavors and smooth character will age well for years to come.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway & Rioja (Tempranillo)

Written in Hemingway’s signature brief but powerful style, The Sun Also Rises follows a group of friends to Spain, as they grapple with issues of unrealized love and the brutality of the modern world. The perfect match is Rioja: arguably Spain’s most famous wine style. Its deep fruit flavors, hints of leather and spice, and gritty tannins will complement the heavy themes of the novel.

There you have it. The next time you sit down to read one of these old favorites, uncork a classic wine to enjoy along with it!

What glass of wine (or delicious non-alcoholic beverage!) will you be enjoying with your next read?