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It’s National Read A Book Day! Here are Some of Our Favorite ‘Read and Sip’ Pairings!

Happy National Read A Book Day! Today at Firstleaf, we want to celebrate this day with some of our favorite book and wine pairings from our staff!

Olga - Head Winemaker and Enologist
Why we sleep: Unlocking the power of sleep and dreams by Matthew Walker, PhD
Marbleize 2014 Red Wine California
"This book changed my view of the power of sleep. I often considered sleeping as a block of time when creativity was hampered and pure stillness was passive and wasteful. Understanding the dynamics of memory, and mind science in what occupies one third of our lives was powerfully alternative as is the 2014 Marbleize Red Blend – a Tempranillo based blend translocated from Europe and unlike most red blends, it is showcasing a delicate, lower alcohol, fresher style."

Philip - CEO and Founder
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Ephemera 2014 Merlot California
“In Duhigg's book The Power of Habit he outlines the science behind habit creation and reformation in the brain. What I like about the book is the reminder that willpower is finite, but that once formed, the power of habit is not just unbounded, but that certain habits themselves lead to better habits. It’s a reminder to be deliberate in how we spend our days, and that time itself is fleeting and ephemeral! That’s why I’ve paired The Power of Habit with our Ephemera Merlot. Dark stone fruit flavors mingle beautifully with spices and just a hint of oak. The full-bodied wine has a great texture and an elegant bouquet. It's the perfect reading companion.”

Bianca - Operations Guru
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Paso Del Tiempo 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Spain
“I love to sip on Paso Del Tiempo 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon while reading Outlander, it's equally as dark and seductive as the wine. Diana Gabaldon’s book is all about the old world, romance, and the adventures of time travel.”

Bryan - Member Experience
Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman
Alavez 2017 Airén Spain
“A novel that will transport you to a hot, sunny coastal Italian summer afternoon and fill you with emotion. This coming of age romance is a must-read for anyone who has ever experienced first love. Paired with a cold glass of Alavez 2017 Airén, you’ll feel like you’re experiencing this region right along with the characters. This quixotic Spanish wine’s character, minerality, and notes of peach and apricot will transport you right to the rocky coast of the Mediterranean and fully envelop you in this beautiful modern classic.”

Denise - Head of Member Experience
Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker
Dita Akello 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Australia

“I loved this book! It’s a completely different view of wine and the thirst (literally) people have for it. I also think it’s about learning how to listen to your senses and more deeply experience the world around you. I loved drinking one of our wines with this book... Dita Akello 2017 Cabernet; it's smoky with notes of dark fruit, and really got my attention... just like this book!”

Lex - Head of Wine and Sommelier
Calypso by David Sedaris
Incarnadine 2017 Pinot Noir - Zinfandel California
“Much and more has been said of, and by, David Sedaris's idiosyncratic, deeply reflective and anti-self-effacing writing style, to which I offer this: pairs well with Pinot. A martini is too straight laced and a beer too, well, genuine. You want something that sports a sly grin while gently relieving you of your inhibitions. The Incarnadine Pinot is at once elegant and playful, richly nuanced but not at the expense of hedonistic glee. I think that Mr. Sedaris would even appreciate the label (a book jacket for wine...? sure) - a bear on a bicycle, a spectacle at once hilarious and harrowing.”

Ana - Wine Concierge
What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir by Kristen Newman
PrimaZona 2017 Malbec Mendoza Argentina
“A memoir of a comedy writer’s travels around the world. Really funny and easy to read. I would read this book sipping on the PrimaZona 2017 Malbec from Argentina. In one of the chapters, Kristen moves to Argentina. Those months in Argentina change her outlook on life and relationships.”


Interested in the books and the wines? Too bad we can’t ship you the books but try the 6 wines recommended by our staff with shipping on us as your introduction to the club. What are you waiting for? It’s time to read and sip!

Already a Firstleaf member? You can still get this tasting pack HERE.

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