Crimson Wine Group Launches Wine & Words Virtual Events in Partnership with William Morrow's Book Club Girl
July 22, 2020
NAPA, Calif. (July 21, 2020) – Crimson Wine Group, Ltd. (OTCBB: CWGL), in partnership with Book Club Girl, a social media and event platform of the William Morrow group at HarperCollins Publishers, has announced the launch of Book Club Girl Presents Wine & Words virtual series. The exciting partnership represents the first virtual book club of its kind to pair a curated selection of wines with top book club selections and brings together readers and wine lovers from all over the U.S. to connect virtually for live wine tasting and book discussions.
Because it wouldn’t be a book club without wine, readers can purchase the Book Club Girl 6-Bottle Collection featuring wines from Pine Ridge Vineyards (Napa, CA), Seven Hills Winery (Walla Walla, WA), and Seghesio Family Vineyards (Healdsburg, CA). Each monthly virtual event will feature two wines from one of Crimson Wine Group’s luxury wine estates paired with the hottest can’t-put-it-down summer picks for a live virtual tasting and discussion between the respective author and the winemaker.
“With millions of people continuing to stay home this summer and travel plans cancelled, we see this partnership as an opportunity for people to come together over shared interests and maintain a sense of community,” said Alexa Fox, vice president of Direct to Consumer of Crimson Wine Group. “Attendees will have the chance to join others from across the country as they sip, chat, and ask questions about two of our favorite things -- books and wine.”
“Wine is a basic necessity for most book club gatherings, and at a time when we can’t gather easily with friends in person, we are thrilled for the opportunity to partner with the Crimson Wine Group to create a virtual event series that spotlights perfect pairings of delicious wine and unputdownable books for readers to share together,” said Jennifer Hart, SVP/Associate Publisher of William Morrow and Founder of Book Club Girl.
The Book Club Girl 6-bottle Collection is priced at $125 (shipping included) and features the following six wines from premier wine-growing regions paired with three highly anticipated HarperCollins titles:
- Pine Ridge Vineyards Chenin Blanc + Viognier White Blend 2019 & Pine Ridge Vineyards Chenin Blanc + Viognier Sparkling 2019 paired with Her Last Flight by NYT Bestselling author Beatriz Williams.
- Seven Hills Winery Merlot 2017 & Seven Hills Winery Columbia Valley Dry Rose 2019 paired with The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs.
- Seghesio Family Vineyards Sonoma Zinfandel 2018 & Seghesio Family Vineyards Sonoma Chardonnay 2018 paired with The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline.
Following are the details on each virtual event with more events to be announced later this year:
July Book Club featuring Pine Ridge Vineyards Chenin Blanc + Viognier and Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams
Thursday, July 23, 7 p.m. ET
A novel of adventure and lyric beauty in a Hawaiian island setting is the perfect pairing for Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier, a perennially popular blend. This wine unites the crisp, honeyed fruit of Chenin Blanc with the juicy stone fruit notes of Viognier. In the new sparkling version of this beloved wine, all those flavors leap out of the glass, providing delicious company until the book’s final page.
Her Last Flight is a remarkable novel of both raw suspense and lyric beauty. In 1947, photographer and war correspondent Janey Everett arrives at a remote surfing village on the Hawaiian island of Kauai to research a planned biography of forgotten aviation pioneer Sam Mallory. Obsessed with Sam’s fate, Janey has tracked down Irene Lindquist, whom she believes might be the legendary Irene Foster, Mallory’s onetime student and flying partner whose disappearance during a round-the-world flight in 1937 remains one of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries.
Join author Beatriz Williams and enologist Colleen Fitzgerald on July 23 for a rousing discussion of this page-turner and the delectable Chenin Blanc + Viognier.
August Book Club featuring Seven Hills Winery and The Lost Bookstore by Susan Wiggs
Thursday, August 20, 7 p.m. ET
Celebrate summer by pairing Seven Hills Winery Merlot and Rosé with the latest novel by Susan Wiggs, an author who makes her home in Washington State. Established in 1988, Seven Hills Winery is proud to be among the founding estates of Walla Walla Valley. These two wines are vibrant representations of the winery’s 30-year history as winegrowers and winemakers in Eastern Washington’s wine country.
In The Lost Bookstore, Natalie Harper inherits her mother’s charming but financially strapped bookshop in San Francisco after a tragedy. To Natalie’s surprise, her sorrow begins to dissipate as her life becomes an unexpected journey of new connections, discoveries and revelations, from unearthing artifacts hidden in the bookshop’s walls, to discovering the truth about her family, her future, and her own heart.
September Book Club featuring Seghesio Family Vineyards and The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline
Thursday, September 24 at 7 p.m. ET
Seghesio Family Vineyards is best known for passionately producing exceptional Zinfandels in Sonoma County. The team at Seghesio Family Vineyards likes to say that Zinfandel is not for the faint of heart – it may be easy to drink but it is a challenging variety to grow. Seghesio has stuck with Zinfandel for 125 years and have found themselves in good company with the bold wine drinkers who have followed the winery off the beaten path to discover and fall in love with this unique variety. It’s difficult to imagine better wines to pair with Christina Baker Kline’s newest novel, The Exiles, filled with bold and brave characters facing the unknown.
In this gorgeous novel, Christina Baker Kline brilliantly recreates the beginnings of a new society in a beautiful and challenging land, telling the story of Australia from a fresh perspective, through the experiences of Evangeline, Hazel, and Mathinna. While life in Australia is punishing and often brutally unfair, it is also, for some, an opportunity: for redemption, for a new way of life, for unimagined freedom. Told in exquisite detail and incisive prose, The Exiles is a story of grace born from hardship, the unbreakable bonds of female friendships, and the unfettering of legacy
The Book Club Girl 6-Bottle collection is available for purchase here. To order the books online, visit www.HarperCollins.com and use the code “BOOKCLUBGIRL” at checkout for a 25% discount plus free shipping. Wine-loving book worms can also enjoy exclusive 15 percent savings on all wines purchased online for each individual book club session at Pine Ridge Vineyards, Seven Hills Winery and Seghesio Family Vineyards using code BookClubGirl at check out as long as the events continue.
About Crimson Wine Group
Based in the Napa Valley, Crimson Wine Group crafts benchmark wines from exceptional vineyards in premier wine-growing regions throughout the U.S. Crimson owns and manages approximately 1,000 acres of plantable vineyard land across six distinct regions. Crimson’s diverse collection of exceptional domestic estates and wine brands includes Pine Ridge Vineyards (Napa, Calif.), Seghesio Family Vineyards (Healdsburg, Calif.), Archery Summit (Dayton, Ore.), Chamisal Vineyards (San Luis Obispo, Calif.), Double Canyon (West Richland, Wash.), Seven Hills Winery (Walla Walla, Wash.) and Malene Wines (Santa Barbara County, Calif.). For more information, please visit www.crimsonwinegroup.com.
HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 17 countries. With 200 years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 16 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp (Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) and can be visited online at corporate.HC.com.