Devoted Floridaphile Serge Storms is a lover of history, so he’s decided to investigate his own using one of those DNA services from late-night TV. Excited to construct a family tree, he and Coleman hit the road to meet his kin. But as the old saying goes, the apple doesn’t fall far . . . Serge is thrilled to discover he may be related to a notorious serial killer who’s terrorized the state for twenty years and never been caught. Which one of his newfound relatives will be the one to help him hunt down this deranged maniac?
This month’s dark comedy murder mystery will pair perfectly with these mysterious red blends that will have us guessing the grape varietals as we guess whodunit.
First up, we have an affordable–and very solid–red blend from Lodi county’s Oak Ridge Winery. This bottle was one I found myself buying time and time again when my wine journey was only just beginning. Not only is it kind to the wallet, but it an excellent go-to if you need a fresh and smooth red wine to pair with your Wednesday night lamb chop or seared steak.
Next, we have another wine that you may have seen stocking the shelves from BevMo to Total Wine and many more: The Prisoner from The Prisoner Wine Company. It’s everywhere for a reason; it’s a great red wine. This blend of dark chocolate and blackberries, although bolder than the Oak Ridge red, is a dinner party favorite and pairs perfectly with the change of the seasons.
Lastly, we have a wine from Donkey & Goat, a smaller producer located in Berkeley, Ca. This winery specializes in natural wine and always puts the grape’s best foot forward in each bottle. While they typically focus on single-varietal wines, “The Bear” is a clear standout of blended goodness. As lovers of the Rhône Valley in France, “The Bear” is one big tribute to the Rhône Valley. Whether you know which varietals that entails or not, grab a bottle of this mystery blend and allow it to transport you to France’s largest wine-growing region.
Cheers and happy reading!
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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.