Few delights compare to uncorking a bottle of wine with which to plop down to read from a good book. Be it merlot and Murakami or chardonnay and Chaucer, the aromatics of the fermented fruit beverage pair perfectly with the odorous volatiles emitted from paper pages.
At Rediscovered Books, tome slingers like Barb Olic-Hamilton know this and have created an ode to slightly tipsy readings with their Book and Wine Tour. Friday, May 18, marks the next sojourn through a collection of selected work alongside tastings of fine wines and Basque Market tapas.
"Everybody hears from every book, tastes every wine and samples every tapas," said Olic-Hamilton.
For $50, each participant gets to sample a host of wines and tapas and hear from a carefully selected lineup of 11 books. At the end of the evening, each person picks a bottle of wine and a book to take home.
This will be the first time authors will join the tasting tour, with Portland, Ore., writers Alexis M. Smith and Evan Schneider reading from their work.
Olic-Hamilton will be one of the booksellers on hand to launch mini-discussions of the other nine books, each chosen by the Rediscovered staff. To keep things moving speedily, the event's participants will be broken up into groups for the tasting, sipping, reading experience.