Today we have a special treat – a guest post from Nicki Elson, author of ‘Three Daves’! She dishes about her recent book launch at the most perfect location I can think of – a wine shop. I’ll be reviewing ‘Three Daves’ here soon, but wanted to give a sneak preview about the Daves, the wine, and the scrumptious author. Enjoy!


Imagine my delight when I discovered Chick Lit + Wine while in the midst of planning a book signing/wine tasting party of my own!   What goes together better than sassy Chick Lit and tasty Wine?  Not much. That’s why when the local wine shop owner asked if I wanted to have an event at her store, I didn’t want it to be just about the book.  I wanted to spotlight the wine, too. So we cooked up the idea of pairing each of the book’s three leading men with a wine.  And voila—Grapes & Guys!

Since Syrah and Chardonnay are so good at pairing wine with books, I thought it would be fun to let you in on which wine the experts at Gibby’s Wine Den recommended for each of the quintessential “guy types” represented in my novel, “Three Daves” (a romantic chick lit novel set in the 1980s).  Much thanks to our two Lady Grapes for letting me do this guest post.

First a bit about each Dave, then a bit about the wine:

The Guy: David, the sensitive loner 

Glum, but so dreamy. A gentle heartthrob, if you will.  He’s all right enough to look at, but the attraction grows the more you get to know him.

The Grape: 2007 St. Francis Winery “Red Splash”

Sonoma Coast, California.  This is a round, smooth, mellow wine that is a blend of several grapes—Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Zinfandel.  Goes well with grilled pork, lasagna, and aged cheeses

The Guy: Dave, the gorgeous bad boy

Sure, he’s got that casual disarray of dirty blond spikes, brilliant green eyes, and full lips that twist up into a killer smile, but it’s not really about how he looks; it’s more about how he makes Jen’s insides flip upside down with the slightest gesture.

The Grape: 2009 Gustave Lorentz Gewurztraminer

Alsace, France. “Gewurtz” means spicy, and that certainly does fit Dave.  In addition to being spicy, this is an aromatic, fruity, and rich wine that goes well with equally spicy foods such as curry, Chinese, and Mexican.

The Guy: Big D, a/k/a Mr. Perfect

He’s handsome, he’s athletic, he’s smart, and on top of that he’s totally sweet.  An all around good guy. You can’t dislike Big D…as much as you might want to.

The Grape: Leonard Kreusch Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling

Mosel, Germany. This is a light-bodied wine that is sweet but with a crisp, clean finish.  It was a great favorite at the event.  Rieslings are versatile when it comes to food pairings and can be served with appetizers or desserts, as well as pork, poultry, shellfish, and even spicy foods.

Wine Tip: How to Gage Sweetness

You all may have known this already, but I learned something at Grapes & Guys.  One clue to a wine’s sweetness is alcohol content.  So if sweetness matters to you, look at the label before opening the bottle.  Alcohol content by volume of less than 9% generally indicates a sweet wine, above 10%, a dry.  In between you’re taking your chances.  For example, the dry Red Splash above is 14.5% AC by vol, while the sweet Riesling is 7.5%.  If only the guys came with such easy-to-read labels, eh?

If you’re having trouble selecting a wine above, take the “Three Daves” quiz to help you choose a Dave, and thus a wine: Which Dave is Right for You?

Thanks so much Syrah and Chardonnay for having me as your guest and for your fabulous site.  And thanks to everyone for reading.  Which kind of wine/guy do you usually go for?


Editors’ note: Syrah is best paired with “Big D” and Chardonnay with “David”!