Here’s part two of our conversation about books and bottles that you can give as holiday gifts. (You’ll find part one of our conversation here.) Do you have a favourite wine and word pairing? Do you belong to a book club that likes to crack open a bottle? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Gassier Sables D’azur Rosé 2011, A.C., Côtes De Provence, France

I love it! (I also just shouted that out the window to some surprised people on the sidewalk.) So very pretty with a basket of fresh field strawberries. Bask in the sun and pretend you are by the Mediterranean. Dry and refreshing. Drink: 2012-2014. 33621 12.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 90/100.

The Vintage Caper

by Peter Mayle

 

Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Apalta Vineyard, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Big black fruit and chewy, meat core. Wild blackberries and cedar forest floor. Drink: 2012-2015. 322586 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100.

A History of the World in Six Glasses

by Tom Standage

 

Alamos Malbec 2011, Mendoza, Argentina

Big, black and delicious! Full-bodied with lots of dark fruit and toasty oak. Superb quality for the price. Serve it at BBQs and movie night. Drink: 2012-2015. 295105 13.5% 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. July 7, 2012

Vino Argentino: An Insider’s Guide to the Wines and Wine Country Of Argentina

by Laura Catena

 

Folie A Deux Winery Ménage A Trois Red 2010, California

Full-bodied, smooth, juicy and delicious with fleshy blackberry. Fun name is the bonus. Drink: 2012-2014. 308007 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100.

M.F.K. Fisher: Musings on Wine and Other Libations

by M. F. K. Fisher

 

Liberty School Zinfandel 2009, Pasa Robles, California

Glorious purple plums and blueberry notes. Succulent, smooth and full-bodied. Don’t analyze, just drink it! Drink: 2012-2015. 41095 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100.

Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest For The World’s Best Bargain Wines

by Natalie MacLean

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