August 30, 2022
Nothing pairs with a relaxing night-in like a good book and your favorite Missouri wine. We took some of the summer’s bestselling fiction novels from the New York Times and paired them with your favorite and familiar Show Me State varietals.
Take a sip and flip the page on these popular titles.
WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens + Chambourcin
After being made into a motion picture, most will recognize the story of a young woman who survived alone in the marsh before becoming a murder suspect in a small town. This wild, romantic and mysterious tale pairs well with Chambourcin’s notes of dark cherry and earthiness. This Missouri varietal is also known as the perfect gateway to dry red wines for those wanting to expand their tastes, just like this book’s intrigue makes it a bridge between coming of age, romance and murder.
IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover + Chardonel
This novel weaves together a love story and a heart-wrenching, honest look at domestic violence. In the book, a battered wife raised in a violent home attempts to halt the cycle of abuse. A book with such hefty storylines deserves a complex sip. Chardonel’s rich, complex and crisp taste will serve readers well, and its light flavors of pear, apple and apricot will provide a welcome reprieve when the topics are heavy.
VERITY by Colleen Hoover + Vignoles
In this thriller, Lowen Ashleigh is hired to complete an injured writer’s popular series only to uncover a horrifying truth. There is nothing horrifying about Vignoles (pronounced veen-yole), one of Missouri’s most versatile white grapes. It is thrilling to try the wine styles — from dry to sweet — crafted from this varietal. We are confident you can find the perfect Missouri Vignoles complete with its luscious aromas and flavors of tropical fruits with a crisp mouthfeel, no matter how your palate ranges.
UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover + Traminette
Called the “sexiest, most heart-wrenching Colleen Hoover book to date,” by Natasha is a Book Junkie, blog review. This Hoover novel follows Tate Collins and airline pilot Miles Archer who think they can handle a no-strings-attached fling. But they can't. We felt that Missouri Traminette’s citrus acidity with a hint of spice was the perfect match for Hoover’s steamiest novel on the bestseller list.
THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid + Norton
Noted for its glitz, glamour and old Hollywood vibe, this tale of a movie icon recounting her great loves and career will pair well with Norton. Missouri’s state grape’s bold, complex flavors have notes of spice, vanilla and chocolate notes layered with flavors of berry, ripe cherry and currant. These full-bodied, oak-aged Nortons are as classic as old Hollywood, and its deep red color is reminiscent of every premiere’s carpet.
NOVEMBER 9 by Colleen Hoover + Catawba
If we’ve learned anything about Hoover’s writing, it is that her work can be heart-wrenching and heart-warming. November 9 is no different. A love story about two people who meet each day every year is as sweet, light and refreshing as a Missouri Catawba. But when our main character finds out her romantic interest might be simply using her story as a muse for his novel, readers will want to cling to that strawberry-like sweetness they get with every sip of Catawba.
ALL YOUR PERFECTS by Colleen Hoover + Seyval Blanc
From the most prolific author in the fiction bestsellers list, this book’s back cover poses the question: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people? This up-and-down emotional read deserves Seyval Blanc’s clean, crisp pear-like taste with a hint of light spice. Yet, much like the book, the medium-bodied Seyval Blanc can also offer more complex notes.
THE 6:20 MAN by David Baldacci + Vidal Blanc
With a cryptic murder, corruption and menace amid the pages of this novel, Vidal Blanc’s thick skin and hardiness remins us of the protagonist — an entry-level investment analyst whose ex-girlfriend turns up dead in his office building. Amid all the page-turning suspense, we thought Vidal Blanc’s flavors and aromas of pear, apple and citrus delivered in a medium-bodied, dry to semi-dry white wine complements this thriller.
BOOK LOVERS by Emily Henry + Concord
Emily Henry’s Book Lovers spins the yarn of a literary agent who keeps running into an editor while on vacation in North Carolina. While readers are promised a readable rom-com, its characters aren’t the typical love birds. Still, this love story would pair well with a sweet Missouri Concord. Its flavors and aromas of classic grape juice along with its candy-like sweetness and jammy notes will make readers smile as they turn each page.
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