Wine and words, the perfect pair

Word on the Street and Bishop’s Cellar pop the cork on the first Wine & Words event

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Word on the Street's Genevieve Allen Hearn and Bishop's Cellar's Nick Willwerth and Jenny Gammon have lots to wine about
  • Word on the Street's Genevieve Allen Hearn and Bishop's Cellar's Nick Willwerth and Jenny Gammon have lots to wine about

Word on the Street and Bishop’s Cellar have been pairing up wines with books by local authors and having them on display for the whole month of April. But this has only been a sampling of what’s in store for us. The pairings are to whet everyone’s literary appetites for the big event that will take place tomorrow, April 24 from 6-8pm at Bishop’s Cellar (1477 Lower Water Street)—the first Wine & Words event, a pilot fundraiser for the Word on the Street.

No need to join Oprah’s Book Club when you can spend time with your friends and some local authors: Stephanie Domet, Costas Halavrezos, Sue Goyette and Anne Emery. You’ll also be sampling five different wines and give to a wordy, err I mean worthy, cause.

“I and the rest of the board and programming committee for Word On The Street were talking about how some people have a ritual of choosing tea to go with a book,” says Genevieve Allen Hearn, executive director of the Word on the Street Halifax. “But my board, they’re a bunch of wine drinkers and they’re like ‘Oh, we enjoy wine with our books!’ So we thought, why don’t we try to pair wine with books instead?”

“The running joke with book clubs is that it turns into a drinking club,” says Allen Hearn, laughing. “Like we all just bring a bottle of wine to meetings and just keep drinking.”

If you attend Wine & Words, you’ll get to sample wines that were carefully chosen to go along with each of the five books, which you’ll also hear the authors read excerpts from.

“We’d ask the authors which wine they wanted to be paired with their book and they’d just give broad suggestions like an organic red and then the folks at Bishop’s Cellar would narrow it down to something specific,” says Allen Hearn. “It will be interesting to see what people think about which wine was paired with which book.”

“Kathryn Harding, she’s the manager at Bishop’s Cellar, and I put our heads together and we thought about each of the books, each of the authors and tried to think about what we would like to be sipping while we are reading those books, but then also what would fit with them,” says Jenny Gammon, communications and event manager at Bishop’s Cellar.

Seasoned: Recipes and Essays from the Spiceman by Costas Halavrezos was paired with a Pinot Blanc. Blood on a Saint by Anne Emery was paired with 7 Deadly Zins. Ocean, a book of poetry by Sue Goyette, was paired with Org de Rac Shiraz. Fallsy Downsies by Stephanie Domet was paired with Caparzo Rosso di Montalcino.

If you visit the Bishop’s Cellar you can view the pairings and read a description about how the pair came to be. And if you purchase one of those wines, 10 percent of the proceeds will go to the Word on the Street.

It will be quite the intimate event, there are only 40 tickets available since space in the shop is limited. But pssssst, according to Word On The Street, there are still tickets available. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online here. So snatch one up before they’re literally all gone.

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