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Books & Bottles is fairly self-explanatory—it’s a series that pairs books with wines, borne out of the Instagram @TheBuzzedWord.
It was founded and is still run by Mickie Meinhardt, a writer and the Events Director at Guernica magazine.
All genres! It tends to feature newer, recently-published books. The other medium is, of course, the wine, which is always natural wine donated by local shop Vine Wine.
Everyone gets wine, the author does a reading and a Q&A with Mickie, and then we open up to audience questions about the book, the author, and the wine.
McNally Jackson in Williamsburg.
It’s monthly, with some breaks in the summer and in December.
About 6 months as of the beginning of 2020.
All information can be found at the Instagram @TheBuzzedWord., as well as on McNally’s event page.
A combination! I often solicit but I welcome submissions too.
I started the Instagram project and then this series as a way to bridge two things that everyone loves, and to help people think about pairing wine, or drinking it, in a new way. I write about wine and found that almost no one would say they know anything about it even if they drink it regularly, which was something I wanted to fix: It’s not as daunting as everyone thinks! I also wanted to create a series and a space where authors and readers can interact in a less formal setting. Everyone can relax, talk, laugh, and connect over a shared love of writing and wine-ing.
Free natural wine and a lesson about it; I don’t think you can find that anywhere else!
The Next Books & Bottles will be tonight, Tuesday, January 21st, at McNally Jackson — Williamsburg at 7 p.m., and will feature Lilly Dancyger, Marisa Siegel and Erin Khar and of course host, Mickie Meinhardt.