The Book

How the Other Half Learns bookThis month’s book selection is inspired by my time in education as a public school teacher. We are reading Robert Pondiscio’s How the Other Half Learns, which follows one teacher’s in-depth reporting of one of the country’s most controversial charter schools. Pondiscio, a fifth-grade public school teacher himself, spends one year observing the day-to-day operations of Success Academy in the South Bronx in New York. Although this book revolves around the debate over school choice, I want to strongly emphasize that this is a conversation that requires more than just educator interest and input. We are all impacted by education, and we should all be part of the discussion. I look forward to exploring new perspectives with you!

The Wine

Although I initially struggled with pairing the right wines with this month’s education-based book, I looked to teaching philosophy for inspiration. Good teaching, like good wine, takes T I M E. So, I want to introduce you to wines that spent plenty of time ageing and maturing both in barrel and in bottle before they were even allowed to be put to market. Yes, you read that correctly. Allowed. You’ll find that the wines all hail from Spain where they–in addition to other wine regions around the world–have specific ageing requirements for certain wines.

$ 2015 Bodegas Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva
$$ 2012 La Rioja Alta “Vina Ardanza” Rioja Reserva 
$$$ 2012 La Rioja Alta “Viña Arana” Gran Reserva Rioja 

La Rioja 2012 Gran Reserva Vina Arana

La Rioja 2012 Vina Ardanza

Marques de Murrieta Reserva Rioja


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About Reading Cru

What do we read?

Our club curator selects a range of literature, both fiction and nonfiction

What do we drink? 

Three suggested wines that pair with the book based on themes and flavors.

What & where do we meet? 

Join us virtually the last Sunday of each month at 5pm via Zoom or Google Meet.

January 31, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
5:00 pm — 6:00 pm