The Spirit of Ink

You all know how much I love to read, and most of you know that I also occasionally enjoy a good cocktail. My palate for drink is almost as varied as my taste in books, so I decided to put my mixology skills to the test.

In my new blog series, The Spirit of Ink, each month I plan to feature a book which I have paired with my drink of choice. How, or why, I choose each pair will be a mystery and open for discussion. I hope you enjoy my choices. Please feel free to chime in and let me know your thoughts on the pairing, or if you have a suggestion for a future review.


MAY 2019

This month’s selection is Blood and Oak written by Garrett Bettencourt. This is a historical novel that takes place along the Barbary Coast in 1798 and follows the life of John Sullivan. John is a tenacious man, out for revenge against the Pirates who stole his freedom. This wonderful story is full of adventure and memorable characters, who are believable and identifiable. Mr. Bettencourt’s writing is researched, smooth and full of vivid imagery.

I have paired this book with Hell’s Kitchen 2017. It is a red blend from the Jada Vineyard & Winery, beautifully located on the west side of Paso Robles, California. Like the book, this wine is smooth, yet bold, and full of memorable undertones. I felt that this fruit forward blend was the perfect balance for the rollercoaster ride of Blood and Oak.

– JY Olmos, Author

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