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A wine author’s best pairings for Father’s Day

By on June 18, 2022 0

Wine writer Natalie MacLean is quite the matchmaker.

While other wine experts may suggest pairing specific wines with certain meals, Natalie digs deeper.

She suggests wines for between the covers of a good book.

For CTV News at Noon, MacLean curated a wine list for your reading list — a list for Father’s Day, or any day, for that matter.

She calls this concept “books and bottles” or “bottles and books”.

It’s for those who like to sip while they turn the pages, or toast the hour with their tablets – or tune in to the glow of the Kindle or Kobo.

So on this list, MacLean will serve a Cab Sauv to accompany your tenderloin and she will serve it with a side suggestion of a memoir.


“Dad Bod: Portraits of Pop Culture Papas” by Almonte author and new dad himself Cian Cruise.

“This is a collection of amusing essays on fatherhood depicted in movies, TV and video games. Whether they spout home wisdom and atrocious jokes, or wallow in stories of the time, these fictional fathers fuel fatherhood myths.He covers Gandalf, Homer Simpson, Die Hard, The Mandalorian and more in his stories, unpacking the stereotypes that shape our image of fatherhood.


“Pair this book with the Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon made by the Wagner family in California. It’s full-bodied with deep, dark flavors of ripe blackberry and mocha. Perfect for grilled steaks and other dad favorites.


“’Taste: My Life Through Food’ by actor Stanley Tucci, who was also obsessed with food as meals were central to his life growing up in an Italian-American family. I love how he explores the connection we find with each other through food and wine, as much as his food films like The Big Night and Julie & Julia.


“I pair it with La Marca, an Italian prosecco, which is a bubbly and great pairing with many of the dishes Stanley mentioned as well as movie night with popcorn.”


“‘Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives’ by Mary Laura Philpott is a powerful new memoir that delves into questions of life, death, and parenthood with wisdom and warm humor. One morning, Mary Laura wakes up abruptly to find her teenage son unconscious on the floor.We follow her journey through a family crisis that changes the way she and we see the world for the better.


“I would pair this book with Mindful Pinot Grigio, a new Niagara wine with only 8% alcohol, but full of flavor. It will also go very well with grilled seafood.


“Chef Michael Smith’s ‘Farm, Fire & Feast: Recipes from the Inn at Bay Fortune’ is packed with dishes inspired by ingredients from his home in Prince Edward Island. These are among the dishes he creates at the five-star Bay Fortune inn’s FireWorks Restaurant. It overlooks the Fortune River at the eastern end of the province. Guests are treated to wood-fired dining experiences on long, family-friendly party tables.


“I would pair this cookbook with this Cabernet Sauvignon H3 from Washington State which has terrific aromas of cassis and smoke. It would also go well with several recipes in the book, including wood-grilled butcher steak and smoked pork belly.


“’Ten Clothes Every Man Should Own: A Practical Guide to Building a Permanent Wardrobe’ by Pedro Mendes. This is an accessible field guide to classic menswear, no matter what dad’s age or budget or the fact that he still loves those 80s painter pants with all the side pockets. Each chapter tackles an essential piece – shirt, jacket, hat, leather shoes, etc. – in a fun way.


“Since we want dad to fit in the latest skinny jean cuffed pants, we’re also going to keep the wine light with a rosé ready-to-go. Here is Drea’s Rosé from Niagara, which also goes wonderfully with grilled vegetables or Portobello mushrooms.


“’Left on Tenth: A Second Chance at Life’ by Delia Ephron. It’s about a second chance at life and love and reads like a movie, which isn’t surprising considering Delia is the writer of rom-coms like You’ve Got Mail. She shares her belated love affair as well as her battle with cancer in these funny and moving memoir.


“I would associate this book with British Columbia’s Quails’ Gate Pinot Noir, known as the grief grape, as there are many in Delia’s story, but she manages to balance the tears and the laughs. This pinot is sensual and silky with notes of ripe berries. It goes well with grilled chicken.

“I should note that all Canadian wines are shipped across the country to your doorstep, so there’s never been a better time or easier way to support our local businesses from coast to coast. .


“’Love or Die Trying: How I Lost It All, Died, and Came Back for Life’ by Toronto author Bob Ramsay. Bob was at the peak of his corporate career, when he ended up in a rehab for cocaine addiction. After his release, he fell in love with a woman who was a doctor. But just when his life was improving, his heart stopped, he actually technically died, although they were able to bring him back. It’s a love story that unfolds against a backdrop of addiction, recovery, and the courage to believe it’s never too late to start over.


“I would pair this book with Kaiken Ultra Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina. This wine, like the book, has a meaty middle and a satisfying finish. It will also go well with burgers with all the stuff because isn’t that what life throws at us? »


“’The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir’ by Bill Bryson. Bill is my favorite travel writer, with books like In A Sunburned Country and The Lost Continent. opened with the immortal line, “I’m from Des Moines. Somebody had to do this. It’s his hilarious memoir of growing up in the 1950s. It’s really ‘funny laugh out loud.’

“When he was six, he found an old college football sweater with a lightning bolt on it and wore his underpants over his jeans like Superman. His stories are touching.”


“I would pair this book with the Lenz Moser Gruner Veltliner from Austria. It’s light and carefree, like the book, but it’s also juicy and delicious. Accompany it with grilled seafood.


Anna Quindlen’s “Write for Your Life” is perfect for those who aspire to write their own story. Anna is a multi-award winning author who believes we can clarify what’s important in our lives by writing about it. When we write, we pay more attention to our lives and think about their meaning. That’s certainly what I’m doing now with my own memoir, “Wine Witch on Fire: Rising from the Ashes of Divorce, Depression and Drinking Too Much.” it has a happy ending.


“I would pair this book with Emmolo sparkling wine from California. Bubbly is the wine of the party, so what better way to toast dad. Sip this wine while you wait for the barbecue to heat up or pair it with grilled seafood.

You can find all the wines and books that Natalie recommended to her website.