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Reading Between the Vines: a Wine & Book Pairing Adventure featuring New York Times and international bestselling author Shilpi Somaya Gowda

April 21 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

About the In-Person, Adventure

“Language is wine upon the lips” – Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf made the connection between language and wine, so we wanted to take a page from her and create an entire Adventures by the Book series devoted to the pairing of wine and books. Voila! Join us for our next event in the Reading Between the Vines series, which will take place once again at the estate producer Hook & Ladder Winery, 2134 Olivet Rd, Santa Rosa, in Sonoma County, California, as part of their exciting new Book & Ladder Club!

With the assistance of Melier, we invite you to indulge in a sumptuous bubble tasting and book pairing experience, presented under California’s brilliant trademark sunshine. Enjoy a light brunch of pastries and Hook & Ladder bubbles, meet New York Times and international bestselling author Shilpi Somaya Gowda and learn about her latest novel, A Great Country.

Your Adventure includes a glass of Hook & Ladder bubbles specifically selected to pair with Shilpi’s book, pastries, a signed hardcover copy of A Great Country, author presentation, Q&A, book signing, and the opportunity to meet the author in a relaxed and intimate setting at the beautiful Hook & Ladder Winery property.

About the Author

Shilpi Somaya Gowda is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, which have been #1 international bestsellers in several countries and sold more than two million copies worldwide.

Secret Daughter (2010) was a Target Book Club Pick, an Amnesty International Book Club Pick, and is currently in production with Amazon Studios to be a feature film, starring Priyanka Chopra and Sienna Miller. The Golden Son (2015) was also a Target Book Club Pick, a Costco Buyer’s Pick, and was awarded the French literary prize, Prix des Lyceens Folio. The Shape of Family (2020) was an international and American bestseller.

Her new novel, A Great Country, explores themes of immigration, generational conflict, social class, and privilege as it reconsiders the myth of the model minority and questions the price of the American dream.

Event Registration

Free registration via Hook & Ladder is available now. Books and wine will be available for sale and signing at the event. Only books purchased at the event are eligible for signing.

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

Luxury tastes shouldn’t be confined to luxury resorts. Book a Melier experience and enjoy private wine & culinary experiences from your home, office, or vacation rental. And when you book with Melier, you’re directly supporting the tastemakers who are bringing their creations to life.


April 21
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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