Napa Valley Life Magazine - Summer 2022

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h, summer. It’s a much anticipated season when sunny days, beach reads, and chilled wine are always top of mind. Luckily, there has never been a more exciting time for the wine lover to peruse the ever-expanding wine genre. Regardless of one’s level of expertise in the subject, these easy-going must-reads are perfect for every type of oenophile. From memoirs and romantic novels to travelogues and historical fiction, the following selection of books focuses on wine as the main character, with suggested wine pairings to enjoy with each of them.

ADVENTURES ON THE WINE ROUTE, by Kermit Lynch

READING LIST (With Suggested Wine Pairings)  ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY MARISA MCCANN

Famed wine importer Kermit Lynch, a name synonymous with French and Italian wines, recounts his experiences among the vineyards and deep within the wine cellars of France. With Lynch leading the way, travel through Loire, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Provence, and more in this timeless read. As Lynch looks to add authentic wines that express their terroir to his portfolio, he takes readers on a captivating journey meeting colorful French winemakers along the way. This down-to-earth guide is perfect to page through if a trip to France is on your bucket list – or the unpretentious and adventurous wine taster. // Pairing Suggestion: A crisp Sancerre or Chinon Blanc, two beloved wines Lynch encounters from France’s Loire Valley.

THE CORK DORK, by Bianca Bosker Former tech journalist Bianca Bosker takes readers on an unbelievably hilarious and thoughtful journey through the wine world’s inner circle of sommeliers. Chapters entitled “The Secret Society,” “The Magic Kingdom,” and “The Orgy” hint at the playful yet insightful nature of this entertaining memoir as Bosker explores her evolving palate and relationship between wine, food, and life itself. In a conversational tone, she provides access to a universe not often seen, offering a sneak peek into underground tasting groups, exclusive New York City restaurants, industrial winemaking, and wine science as she strives to uncover the true meaning of wine. // Pairing Suggestion: A Provençal style of rosé, a wine that can be consumed as easily as this page-turning novel.

THE EXES IN MY GLASS, by Lisa Mattson This hyper-relatable dating memoir follows the bewildering journey of a naïve, insecure mid-west girl as she matures into a confident, 22

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