YA and Wine

If you’ve been following for awhile, then you know I enjoy pairing books and booze. And if there are two things I’m particularly passionate about, it’s young adult novels and a decent glass of wine. I can’t honestly claim to be an expert on either, but I can’t think of many things that would go better together. It’s likely that I’ve mentioned some of these series before on other lists, however, they are certainly worth mentioning again.


Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

This is a series I have definitely mentioned before, probably paired with a cocktail. I stand by that, but I feel like it would pair equally well with a good mead. I know, typically it would be something better suited to a more medieval setting, but bear with me here. Southerners like their tea sweet, right? Why not their wine too? Being that Beautiful Creatures is very Southern, it just makes sense to me. And mead feels a little more “grown up” to me than most other sweet wines. Any mead will obviously do, but my absolute favorite is actually local for me, from just down the highway in Hermann, MO, an orange blossom mead.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

This is a series I only recently finally picked up. It’s still ongoing, with the third book in the series coming out this May. While there is definitely hope to be found, they are still pretty dark, so I endorse something dark (and pretty strong). Sip on a nice port. It’s certainly a wine that can stand on it’s own feet, like Laia.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

This is another series I’ve only recently given a shot, but quite surprised myself by enjoying. I’ve only read the first book so far, but I plan on picking up the rest of the series. It’s a little bit like The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games, but with better fashion. It’s not all pretty dresses and wooing a prince, but it still feels like it needs something pretty and a little decadent. I would suggest a nice, dry, sparkling rosé.

The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee

I’ll be honest, I initially picked up this book because I thought the cover was pretty. I really wasn’t sure what it was about, but I really ended up enjoying it. Pretend like you are rich and perfect enough to live in the penthouse of The Tower and dive in with a nice (but cheap) champagne.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

I’ve previously reviewed this book here, but if you haven’t checked that out, I cannot stress enough how fun it is. It seems fitting that the wine I chose to pair with it is a little old fashioned; pretty much every 18th century and Regency set novel I’ve ever read has gentlemen drinking claret. It’s not a wine you see much these days, but Coppola Winery has a particularly nice one. I can’t normally recommend a specific wine, but this is the only time I can remember seeing a claret and it’s definitely well worth it if you can track it down.

Do you have any wine and YA pairings you’d like to recommend? Share them with me below!

Book Related Movies (And Cocktail Suggestions!)

Since I haven’t been reading as much as usual lately (a fact I’m trying to rectify), I’ve decided to do something a little different. While books have always been my ultimate source of comfort, movies are a close second. I’ve written about my favorite book to TV adaptations previously here. My favorite book to big screen is another article entirely. Soon enough.

Today, I’m looking at movies that are about books. Plus, I’m throwing in cocktail suggestions. You can’t go wrong! Read on…

  • Stranger Than Fiction

When IRS auditor Harold Crick begins to hear a voice narrating his life, he thinks he’s going crazy. When the narrator suggests that he will die soon, Harold becomes desperate to discover the identity of the narrator so he can talk her into a different ending.

This has been one of my favorite movies since it came out. It is one of those things that I wish I could have written myself. While Will Ferrell movies can usually be over the top, this is definitely a more restrained performance, and I think without question one of his best.

Cocktail Suggestion: A green apple ginger martini. Green apples feature pretty noticiably in the story, so this seems fitting.

  • The Neverending Story

Pretty much everyone born in the 80’s already knows this movie. As a big fan of 80’s fantasy, I love this one, but, it definitely scarred me for life. You know the scene I mean.

Cocktail suggestion: The Neverending Story. It’s too perfectly named. And you will want the alcohol to deal with the emotional trauma. Or alternately: a tequila sunrise: just like this movie, it looks like a fun time, but you know you’re just going to end up on the edge of a blackout, crying on the floor. (This was a suggestion someone else made to me that I lifted almost word for word. #sorrynotsorry )

Perhaps you can make it look this sexy and dramatic. I cannot.
  • The Princess Bride

Another for those 80’s babies out there. While stuck at home sick, a young boy’s grandfather reads him the tale of the Princess Bride. Full of adventure and true love, and a good dose of humor, this classic has definitely stood the test of time. This is also one of the few cases where I like the movie much better than the book.

Cocktail suggestion: The Buttercup. Something warm and fuzzy to go with all those cozy childhood memories.

  • Notting Hill

Travel bookshop owner William Thacker leads a predictable, boring life, until his world is suddenly thrown into turmoil when famous actress Anna Scott enters his shop. After a somewhat messy introduction, romance inevitably follows.

Of course it’s a silly chick flick, but it is still one of my all time favorites. Hugh Grant is, in my opinion, at his charmingly befuddled best.

Cocktail suggestion: A classic screwdriver, which will make perfect sense when the time comes for the meet cute.

  • Inkheart

Young Meggie is startled to discover that her father, Mo, can pull characters from books, simply by reading them aloud. This soon proves to be dangerous when villain Capricorn decides that he likes this world, and does not want to return to the book.

Cocktail suggestion: Honestly, I have nothing here folks. This movie originally inspired this list, and I had a great one at one time. But, as usual, I didn’t write it down. Just enjoy it with a nice glass of port.

If you’ve been following for awhile, you already know books (and now movies) and drink pairings are some of my favorite posts to write. Have any suggestions? Leave them in a comment and I’ll consider it for a future post!

Top 5 Winter Reads (And Cocktail Suggestions)

Winter. It’s cold, dark and miserable. We’ve just left my favorite season. I’m not winter’s biggest fan.

The one good side to the winter is that it gives you a good excuse to stay in where it’s warm and cuddle up with a good book or series of books and maybe a toasty (or alcoholic) beverage. You’ll see several series in this list. I think winter is the perfect time to really dig into a series and binge read. A few of them even have TV shows or movies that you can watch, as well.


And yes, I realize it’s not officially winter yet. Close enough.

Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)

This series is absolutely wonderful. Claire Randall is on vacation with her husband in the 20th century when she finds herself suddenly in the 18th century. There she finds adventure and surprise romance in the form of studly Scot Jamie Fraser. Reading these are pretty big task to take on. There are currently 8 pretty long books (with the 9th forthcoming), several novellas and short stories, a graphic novel, and TV show. Not to mention there is a spin off book series with one of the secondary characters, Lord John Grey. They are more mysteries and shorter than the original series, but good reads, nonetheless.

Cocktail: My vote is for a Bonnie Prince Charlie, however, my mother’s suggestion is the whiskey smash, so I’m including it as well. It’s a long series. You’ll have plenty of time to try both.

The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)

This book fit perfectly in with my love of books that are dark, mysterious and dreamy. It’s truly a wonderful book. There is an ice palace exhibit in the circus that makes it wintry enough for me to give it a spot on this list. It will give you a fantastic, magical reason to lose yourself in a book on a yucky winter day.

Cocktail: A Magic Hour. A little fancy and sophisticated, like the circus itself.

A Song of Ice and Fire (George R.R. Martin)

If you haven’t jumped on board with the Game of Thrones madness, it’s never too late. It’s a great, complicated series. I’m still trying to avoid the TV series until after the final book comes out… which may not be any time soon, unfortunately.

Cocktail: Straight anything. It will help sooth the sorrows that yet another of your favorite characters has been killed off. And that you may be waiting until the end of time itself for the Winds of Winter to come out while trying to avoid any spoilers that might have been on the show.

Brillant (Marne Davis-Kellogg)

This is the first in a series centering around jewel thief Kick Keswick. They are fun, decadent reads, which, face it, after the last entry, we might all need. This was one of my favorite series, right up until the most recent book, which didn’t really seem to fit for me. At any rate, the first four are great.

Cocktail: Cafe Amaretto. Similar to the drink Kick enjoys in Perfect. It also happens to be perfect for a cold day.

The Princess Dairies (Meg Cabot)

I’m a sucker for Meg Cabot books. I love her. The Princess Diaries is a good place to start for the Meg Cabot neophyte and there are quite a few books in the series, including a more recent adult entry. Many women my age loved the Disney movie. It’s a great movie, the but book series is quite different.

Cocktail: What else? Grandmother’s drink of choice, the sidecar.