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This year, my New Year’s resolution was to read more. Now that it’s finally getting cooler, and outdoor activities seem more of a hassle, I’ll be picking up more books to read under the comfort of my matching down blanket and slippers. I urge you to do the same. I have paired some wines to match up with a couple of books recommended by McIntyre’s for the chilly season. Snuggle up by the fire with a glass, or two, of these. I forewarn you — I do not claim to be a book critic or reviewer, but here is a brief synopsis of each story.

All of these books can be found at McIntyre’s!

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
This mystery novel features a young heroine, Anna Kerrigan, during the commencement of America’s entry into WWII. During this dearth of the male working class, Anna takes employment at the Naval Yard as one of the first female divers. The two other main characters in the novel bring the elements of mystery and crime to the surface. Jennifer Egan, the author, reminds us that Manhattan was predominantly a port-city during the time period, and the theme of the sea is thread throughout.

Pair me with:
Chateau d’Epire Savennieres 2013 $23
Jean-Maurice Raffault “Les Galuches” Chinon 2016 $18

Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch used to work for the LAPD, but has recently been volunteering his time helping out with cold cases. Harry is accused of framing an imprisoned killer and has to find a way to clear his name. While trying to uncover information to exonerate his record, he becomes conscious of the duality of truth — the right side, and the wrong side.

Pair me with:
Chateau de Cugat Bordeaux Superieur 2014 $17
Kanonkop ‘Kadette’ 2015 $19

Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom by Russell Shorto
Russell Shorto has assembled a variety of documents (diaries, letters, and autobiographies) intertwining the lives of six individuals living during the 18th century, before and during the American Revolution. These characters feature well-known figures, such as George Washington and Lord Sackville, while also bringing to light the lives of the working class. The narrative describes the quotidian freedoms and struggles among the personages in a way never before revealed. A brief insight into the time period and the trials and tribulations one had to endure — this was the beginning of our nation.

Pair me with:
Williamsburg Winery “Wessex Hundred” Petit Verdot 2014 $18
Croft Reserve Ruby Port $25

– Laura, Fearrington Sommelier