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Wine Wednesday | The Secret Garden

With spring in full force, we return to one of our all-time favorite springy books: The Secret Garden

For this book, I have three words for you, my friends: Rosé. All. Day. 

“And the roses—the roses! Rising out of the grass, tangled round the sun-dial, wreathing the tree trunks and hanging from their branches, climbing up the walls and spreading over them with long garlands falling in cascades—they came alive day by day, hour by hour. Fair fresh leaves, and buds—and buds—tiny at first but swelling and working Magic until they burst and uncurled into cups of scent delicately spilling themselves over their brims and filling the garden air."

We'll keep this one nice and simple; this is a book that calls for a floral, fruity wine that celebrates the lush mood of the novel and complements all the descriptions of flora in the garden. This novel doesn't need anything heavy or complicated, just fresh lightness tinged with those fruity, floral notes we kind of expect from rosé. You need the kind of refreshing wine you can sip on a warm evening out on your back patio, while you're busy sinking into Burnett's lively descriptions of the garden and the new, bursting spring. Bonus points if you pair it with some light finger foods, like hummus, melon and berries, bruschetta, or cheese plates.

The best thing about rosé is that you don't need to spend as much to get a great bottle, compared to other types of wine. We are particularly fond of this one for it's rose petal and strawberry notes thats backed by some crispness and acidity to firm it up. We're also fans of pretty much everything on this delightful list. Rosé will be pretty easy to find in your local grocery or wine store this time of year, so snag a bottle next time you're out. Cheers!

What wine would you recommend for this novel? We'd love to hear!



Wine Wednesday | The Enchanted April

So I just finished reading The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim the other day, and I completely adored it. While we wait for our own gardens to bloom here in the PNW, an escape to a warm, sunny, flower carpeted Villa in Italy was just plain magical. The only thing better than this book, is this book with a perfectly paired, relaxing glass of wine to help you really sink into the pages.

Since this story is absolutely bursting with descriptions of flowering, bountiful gardens, it only feels natural to pair a wine that is fruit-forward with herbal and floral notes tempered with some spice to celebrate the sun-drenched, flora covered scene of the Villa. Relevant tasting notes lifted directly from the text include cherry, peach, fig, nasturtium (spicy!), and lavender; all flavors often found in wines.

"The wistaria was tumbling over itself in its excess of life, its prodigality of flowering; and where the pergola ended the sun blazed on scarlet geraniums, bushes of them, and nasturtiums in great heaps, and marigolds so brilliant that they seemed to be burning, and red and pink snapdragons, all outdoing each other in bright, fierce colour. The ground behind these flaming things dropped away in terraces to the sea, each terrace a little orchard, where among the olives grew vines on trellises, and fig-trees, and peach-trees, and cherry-trees. The cherry-trees and peach-trees were in blossom--lovely showers of white and deep rose-colour among the trembling delicacy of the olives; the fig-leaves were just big enough to smell of figs, the vine-buds were only beginning to show. And beneath these trees were groups of blue and purple irises, and bushes of lavender, and grey, sharp cactuses, and the grass was thick with dandelions and daisies, and right down at the bottom was the sea. Colour seemed flung down anyhow, anywhere; every sort of colour piled up in heaps, pouring along in rivers....” 

Sangiovese is indigenous to Tuscany (the primary setting in the book!), and is the most planted red grape variety in Italy. Consequently it definitely varies based on it's terroir. Ultimately, sangiovese is a lovely dry red wine that's perfect for this novel as it is absolutely bursting with flavor; fully evocative of the fruits, flowers and earthy richness of the setting. It's also a wine type that really blossoms when enjoyed with food and pairs well with fresh, springy Italian fare: think lamb, pasta, pecorino cheese, or pizza with grilled vegetables.

We love this one from our home state ($12 and my personal favorite) for it's lightness and juicy, bright cherry flavors, as well as this one from Tuscany, which is nice and dry, and full of red fruit tinged with spice. You could also opt for a rosé of sangiovese like this one with a cult following, for a slightly sweeter, crisper experience. 

If you need some more options, here's a great list we found of Sangiovese under $20 complete with wonderfully descriptive flavor profiles for each bottle. Cheers!

What wine would you recommend for this novel? We'd love to hear!