Win three months of the best books and finest wine in our competition with wine subscription service, Le Petit Ballon.
We love books and guess what – we’re rather partial to top quality bottles of wine too. So we couldn’t be more pleased to have partnered with super cool French wine subscription service, Le Petit Ballon. Delivering sommelier-selected wines each month, Le Petit Ballon helps you discover and learn about wine – no more guessing games and au revoir to overpriced supermarket plonk! Enter our competition and you can WIN a three month subscription to BOTH Reading in Heels or Le Petit Ballon – either for yourself, or for someone else, all in the spirit of Christmas giving! Enter the competition HERE.
And to celebrate our love of books and booze – we’ve paired some of Le Petit Ballon’s bestselling wines with our favourite new books for Christmas gifting.
Something a little different? We love books. And we love food. So a cookbook all about the food featured in books? Pure genius! Charming and rather clever, The Little Library Cookbook pays homage to recipes you’ll recognise from Paddington Bear’s famous marmalade to mint juleps from The Great Gatsby. 100 books (and recipes) feature – including authors as diverse as Elena Ferrante and Enid Blyton. Divided into Before Noon breakfasts and Around Noon lunches to Family Dinners and Midnight Feasts, it’s an easily digested read – and one to savour with this deliciously unique, aromatic white.
“For such a mouthwatering read, only a rich and flavoursome wine will do. Packed with flavours of honey, fruits and minerals, a glass of the Insolite is the perfect aperitif to any of the recipes you plan to make from this book. Strong cheeses and biscuits will go down well while you’re waiting too!”
Hollie McNish, Kate Tempest and Rupi Kaur – young female voices are making waves in contemporary poetry, and we couldn’t be more pleased. The latest breakthrough name? Yrsa Daley-Ward: a feminist, model and LGBTQ activist, born in Lancashire – and now making waves in Los Angeles. Her debut poetry collection – Bone – took just three months to write, and encompasses themes from mental health and loneliness to sexuality and religion. It’s a powerful read – as sharp and visceral as bone. Raw, emotional, thought-provoking, you’ll remember Bone’s words long after you’ve turned the final page. Anything less than a gutsy, spicy red would be an insult.
“An intensely dark colour on the eye, this holds a power and complexity within. The flavour packs a punch with layers of fruits, liquorice, spices and tobacco. Much like Bone, this wine will stay with you, not only after each sip, but well after the bottle has been emptied.”
Delicate yet eminently drinkable, this rosé accompanies Stephen Fry’s latest book beautifully. If you remember reading of Persephone, Pandora and Prometheus as a child, Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece will prove a glorious reimmersion in those favourite tales. If not – what an introduction to some of humanity’s most timeless stories, which have been told and re-told for centuries, translated into music, theatre, poetry, dance. As funny and erudite as Mr Fry himself, Mythos retells the legendary love stories, earth-shattering quarrels and epic adventures with affection and elegance.
“The Equinoxe is a vintage that is dearly loved by our subscribers, so it’s only right it to pair this with the work of one of the nation’s favourite ‘personalities’. This organic wine is fresh and delicate at first, yet surprisingly intense when the flavours come through. Try it with a slice of strawberry cheesecake!”
A novel which charms and delights like Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow merits a rather special vintage, and we have just the thing! L’Etoile au Désaire 2015 is a rare, unique white in that it’s both elegant and bold – perhaps a little like our Gentleman, Count Alexander Rostov. One part Grand Budapest Hotel, one part War and Peace, A Gentleman in Moscow is a novel befitting a grand wine, with its cast of eccentric, enchanting characters and epic adventures at the glamorous Hotel Metropol.
“Unique, brilliant, bold. The wine has an evolution of flavours, taking you on its own story line. It could only be done justice with an equally as enchanting novel in hand. Hungry? This vintage pairs perfectly with a charcuterie board.”
Phew. It’s been a crazy old whirlwind of a year, yet again. Pour a large glass of Ogga Rioja and sit down with Hillary Clinton’s What Happened: a brilliant account of the events that led to one of the most unexpected outcomes in political history. ‘In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I’m letting my guard down,’ explains Clinton in her introduction. Both intensely personal and political, What Happened is a fascinating, compelling read – one to savour – with this wonderful Rioja, which is every bit as complex, spicy and powerful as Clinton’s book.
“A robust wine, full of character, powerful and fruity. A wine where its age is truly showcased in the balance of its flavours. This is one not to miss. Powerful book, powerful wine, it’s only missing a steak sandwich!”
This summer’s literary bestseller, if you haven’t already devoured author and journalist Elizabeth Day’s The Party in one sitting – now’s the time! And, quite frankly, it would be rude to suggest something as humble as a cup of tea to accompany this page-turning thriller. No – MUMM’s Brut Selection Champagne is exactly what’s required for The Party, which tackles the high jinks of the aristocracy. If you raced through Brideshead Revisited or The Talented Mr Ripley, you’ll find The Party just as unputdownable and Day’s poised, powerful writing makes this all the more captivating.
“Fine, delicate bubbles dancing towards the surface of the glass are a reminder of the Champagne’s elegance and finesse before even tasting it. Truly luxurious, each sip is a discovery of flavours. For a Champagne so special, accentuate the flavours with a generous slice of brie with truffles.”
UK-based entries only. Competition closes Friday 8th December, 00.00 GMT. One entry per person. The winner will be chosen at random. Enter the competition HERE.