From Napa to Bordeaux: Bookends for Great Wine Pairings

We’ve all heard of the fine art of food and wine pairing. In fact, the pairing of our handcrafted wines with innovative fine food ideas sits at the heart of Handwritten Wines hospitality. As any lover of the finer things in life knows, classic literature is an essential accompaniment to luxury wine. We’ve selected a fun and sophisticated curation of some of our favorite wine guides with a suggested Handwritten Wines pairing. Uncork something special, sit back, relax, and read on…

Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste

Wine Pairing – Carneros Cabernet Sauvignon

True to the author’s style, the narrative is very Anthony Bourdain-esque. Understated, atypical, and intriguing, yet easy to read, this is a ‘thinkers’ wine book, and not what you would expect from the genre.

“Professional journalist and amateur drinker Bianca Bosker didn’t know much about wine—until she discovered an alternate universe where taste reigns supreme, a world of elite sommeliers who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of flavor. Astounded by their fervor and seemingly superhuman sensory powers, she set out to uncover what drove their obsession, and whether she, too, could become a ‘cork dork’.”


Napa: The Story of an American Eden
by James Conaway

Wine Pairing – Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon

Stags Leap District is one the most historic sub-appellations, instrumental in defining California wine. Detailing the history of Napa’s meteoric rise, one is compelled to have the finest wine in one hand, and Conaway’s well researched book in the other. Pop them both open, sit back, and revel in the nostalgia.

“James Conaway’s remarkable bestseller delves into the heart of California’s lush and verdant Napa Valley, also known as America’s Eden. Long the source of succulent grapes and singular wines, this region is also the setting for the remarkable true saga of the personalities behind the winemaking empires. This is the story of Gallos and Mondavis, of fortunes made and lost, of dynasties and destinies.”
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Wine Simple: A Totally Approachable Guide from a World-Class Sommelier
by Aldho Sohm and Christine Muhlke

Wine Pairing – Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Expressive, light, and whimsical, but simultaneously bold, Handwritten’s Sta. Rita Hills Pinot is the ideal pairing with this simple, yet insightful book’s presentation. Covering the gamut of style, flavor, and wine knowledge, Wine Simple’s unassuming approach is a delight to the eyes and the mind.

“Aldo Sohm is one of the most respected and widely lauded sommeliers in the world. He’s worked with celebrated chef Eric Ripert as wine director of three-Michelin-starred Le Bernardin for over a decade, yet his philosophy and approach to wine is much more casual. Aldo’s debut book, Wine Simple, is full of confidence-building infographics and illustrations, an unbeatable depth of knowledge, effusive encouragement, and, most important, strong opinions on wine so you can learn to form your own.”


Inside Bordeaux by Jane Anson: The Châteaux, Their Wines and the Terroir

Wine Pairing – ‘Three Words’ Bordeaux Blend


Both masterpieces in their own right, Anson’s work and Handwritten’s own Bordeaux-inspired blend are almost synonymous – scholarly, deep, and terroir driven. “From the history of famous names to organic trailblazers and new research on vineyards, Jane Anson’s comprehensive insider guide to Bordeaux offers fresh insight into this renowned wine region.” Decanter Synopis >


The New Wine Rules by Jon Bonné

Wine Pairing – Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon


Easy and smooth. What better way to sum these gems up? Bonné’s book is as unpretentious and approachable as our delicious Calistoga Cab. Complex and full of flavor, neither will intimidate, and can easily be enjoyed all day long. Sip, read, and savor, with knowledge gained and palate satisfied.

“There are few greater pleasures in life than enjoying a wonderful glass of wine. So why does finding and choosing one you like seem so stressful? Now, becoming a happier, more confident wine drinker is easy. The first step is to forget all the useless, needlessly complicated stuff the “experts” have been telling you. In The New Wine Rules, acclaimed wine writer Jon Bonné explains everything you need to know in simple, beautifully illustrated, easy-to-digest tidbits.”


Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine Pairings for the Real World
by Vanessa Price & Adam Laukhuf


Wine Pairing – Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon

Because life is short, and guilty pleasures are needed every now and then. So why not have a big, lush and supple Coombsville Cab, while devouring an In-N-Out Burger, animal style? Big Macs & Burgundy is a lighthearted assembly of essential wine pairings for everything from popcorn to burgers to General Tso’s Chicken, based on the wildly popular Grub Street column.

This fun and leisurely collection of wine and paperback pairings serves to inspire curiosity and conversation while enjoying incredible wines. Handwritten Wines are meticulously handcrafted wines, with grapes selectively sourced from Napa Valley’s finest micro-lots. Despite unparalleled quality and potential to age gracefully, Handwritten Wines are designed for everyday drinking, and we hope that these literary pairings will help you to seize the day and to savor each moment.

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