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Reading Between the Vines: a Sonoma Wine & Book Pairing Adventure featuring New York Times and bestselling authors Karen White, Noelle Salazar, Rebecca Rosenberg, Renee Rosen, Robert Kerbeck, Martha Conway, Eleanor Brown, and Kristin Beck

April 30, 2023 @ 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

$55.00 – $100.00

About the In-Person Event

“Language is wine upon the lips” – Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf made the connection between language and wine, so we decided to take a page from her and create an entire Adventures by the Book series devoted to the pairing of wine and books. Voila! Introducing our new Reading Between the Vines series to take place at the estate producer Hook & Ladder Winery in Sonoma County, California!

With the assistance of Melier, we have created for you an entire afternoon filled with sumptuous wines, delicious books, and charcuterie platters galore, all presented under California’s brilliant trademark sunshine. Eight New York Times and bestselling authors – Karen White, Noelle Salazar, Rebecca Rosenberg, Renee Rosen, Robert Kerbeck, Martha Conway, Eleanor Brown, and Kristin Beck – will be on hand to share with you their latest books, all paired with wines and charcuterie spreads hand selected by the folks at Hook & Ladder.

And if you really want to up your experience, and we think Virginia Woolf would have indulged, join us for the pre-event VIP experience, an intimate behind the scenes with the winemaker and the authors in the barrel room, which includes a book of your choice with a paired bottle of wine.

1:30-2:45pm – Your VIP experience will include your choice of one of the eight bottles of wine and paired book to be delivered to you for signing, along with a special reception in the barrel room with the winemaker and the authors. Limited spaces available to allow for a more intimate experience. Early bird pricing available until the end of March!

3:00-5:30pm – Your Adventure includes a relaxing and enjoyable afternoon meeting the authors, tasting delectable wines and charcuterie spreads specially paired for each book, book signings, photo ops, and an intimate and unforgettable afternoon at the gorgeous Hook & Ladder Winery in Santa Rosa (Sonoma County).



For regular event admission, choose the Event Registration option which includes wine tasting, charcuterie tastings, and one paperback book of your choice. Enhance your experience by choosing the VIP Add-On, which includes a winemaker reception in the barrel room and one bottle of wine paired with a book of your choice. But hurry! The VIP Add-On early bird pricing ends March 10th!

About the Authors and Books

Karen White is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 34 books, with almost two million books in print in fifteen different languages, including the Tradd Street series, The Last Night in London, Dreams of Falling, The Night the Lights Went OutFlight Patterns, The Sound of Glass, and A Long Time Gone. She is the coauthor of The Lost Summers of Newport, All the Ways We Said Goodbye, The Glass Ocean and The Forgotten Room with New York Times bestselling authors Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. She grew up in London but now lives with her husband near Atlanta, Georgia.

In Karen’s novel, The Shop on Royal Street, Nola Trenholm is hopeful for a fresh start in the Big Easy but must deal with ghosts from her past—as well as new ones—in this first book in a spin-off series of Karen White’s New York Times bestselling Tradd Street novels.

Hook and Ladder Paired Wine:

2021 Midnight Ranch Pinot Noir


Noelle Salazar was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, where she’s been a Navy recruit, a medical assistant, an NFL cheerleader, and always a storyteller. As a novelist, she has done extensive research into the Women Airforce Service Pilots, interviewing vets and visiting the training facility—now a museum dedicated to the WASP—in Sweetwater, Texas. When she’s not writing, she can be found dodging raindrops and daydreaming of her next book. Noelle lives in Bothell, Washington with her family.

Her debut, The Flight Girls, was a USA Today and international bestseller. in her new book, Angels of the Resistance, it’s 1940 Netherlands, and courageous women are risking everything for country, for family, and for each other.

Hook and Ladder Paired Wine:

2021 Aquarius Ranch Chardonnay


Rebecca Rosenberg is a lavender farmer, champagne geek, and award-winning author of four books. She fell in love with méthode champenoise in Sonoma, California, where she lives on a lavender farm with her family. Since then, she has pursued decades of delicious research in the wine caves and cellars of France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Argentina and California. She is a champagne historian, tour guide and champagne cocktail creator for Breathless Wines.

In her new book, Madame Pommery is surprised with a newborn at forty years old in 1860 Champagne, France. After she is suddenly widowed and must support her family, she starts a champagne house with no experience and invents brut champagne, breaking society and patriarchal rules.

Hook and Ladder Paired Wine:

2020 Organic Mendocino Blanc De Blanc


Renee Rosen is a USA Today bestselling author whose novels include The Social Graces, Park Avenue Summer, Windy City Blues, White Collar Girl, What the Lady Wants, and Dollface, as well as the young adult novel, Every Creek Pot. She is currently working on a new novel about the Barbie doll creator, Ruth Handler, coming in 2025.

It is 1938, and a young woman selling face cream out of a New York City beauty parlor is determined to prove she can have it all. Her name is Estée Lauder, and she’s about to take the world by storm, in The Glamour Girl, Renee’s dazzling new novel.

Hook and Ladder Paired Wine:

2022 Rosé of Pinot Noir


Robert Kerbeck’s true crime memoir,RUSE: Lying the American Dream from Hollywood to Wall Street is the story of how a wannabe actor became the world’s greatest corporate spy. Frank Abagnale, author of Catch Me If You Can, said, “Kerbeck has mastered the art of social engineering, or what he calls ‘rusing’, and taken it to a whole new level,” while the New York Journal of Books wrote “Kerbeck’s astounding spy story is fraught with tension.”

Robert’s previous book MALIBU BURNING: The Real Story Behind LA’s Most Devastating Wildfire, won a SoCal Journalism Award, the IPPY Award, and the Best of LA Award. His writing has appeared in numerous publications including the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Magazine, and Lithub’s Crime Reads. Robert is also the creator and host of the Soho House Literary Salon @ Soho House Malibu where his most recent guest was legendary ESPN sports media figure Stephen A. Smith.

Hook and Ladder Paired Wine:

2020 “Third Alarm” Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon


Martha Conway is the author of several novels including The Underground River, which was a New York Times Book Editor’s Choice. Her novel Thieving Forest won the North American Book Award for Best Historical Fiction. Martha’s short fiction has appeared in the Iowa Review, Mississippi Review, The Quarterly, Carolina Quarterly, and other publications. In addition to writing, Martha is an instructor of creative writing at Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program. She received her BA from Vassar College in History and English, and her MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Born and raised in Ohio, she now lives in San Francisco with her family, where the fog reminds her of lake-effect cloud cover in Cleveland.

In her new novel, The Physician’s Daughter, it is 1865, the American Civil War has just ended, and 18-year old Vita Tenney is determined to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a country doctor like her father. But when her father tells her she must get married instead, Vita explores every means of escape – and finds one in the person of war veteran Jacob Culhane. Damaged by what he’s seen in battle and with all his family gone, Jacob is seeking investors for a fledgling business. Then he meets Vita – and together they hatch a plan that should satisfy both their desires. In a world made for men, can one woman break free from tradition and walk a new path?

Hook and Ladder Paired Wine:

2020 Marcucci Ranch Zinfandel


Eleanor Brown is the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of three novels: Any Other Family, The Weird Sisters, and The Light of Paris. Her writing has been hailed by People magazine as “delightful” and “creative and original” by Library Journal. In addition to her fiction writing, Eleanor edited the anthology A Paris All Your Own. Her book reviews, interviews, and essays have been featured in publications including The Washington Post, The Guardian, and Publishers Weekly. Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Eleanor lives with her family in Colorado.

Eleanor returns with a striking and intimate new novel, Any Other Family, about three very different women facing an impossible question: What makes a family? They look just like any other family. But they aren’t a family like any other – not quite. Instead, they are three sets of parents who adopted four biological siblings, committing to keeping the children connected after the death of their grandmother.

Hook and Ladder Paired Wine:

2021 Spider Web Ranch Chardonnay


Kristin Beck is the bestselling author of Courage, My Love. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, she often writes to the sound of drumming rain and percolating coffee, and she wakes up every day excited to do so. Her books center on overlooked women in history who led courageous, often riveting lives..

Kristin’s new historical novel, The Winter Orphans, is a poignant and ultimately triumphant novel based on the incredible true story of children who braved the danger of wintry mountain passes in France to escape the Nazis in 1942 Southern France, from the acclaimed author of Courage, My Love.

Hook and Ladder Paired Wine:

2019 Cabernet Franc

About Hook & Ladder Winery

Hook & Ladder is an “estate” producer, specializing in small bottlings of Pinot Noir, “Old Vine” Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style blends sourced from the family’s sustainably-farmed vineyards in Russian River Valley and its sub-appellation, Chalk Hill. The winery also produces and sells estate-grown Olive Oil from trees grown at their Los Amigos Ranch.

About Melier

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April 30, 2023
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
$55.00 – $100.00
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