I am a huge fan of short stories. Whilst I read a lot of novels I love the immediacy of a short story and the simplicity that can be captured in examining the human condition in just a few words.
One of my favourite short story writers is Raymond Carver. He writes about true moments from human relationships that are so captivating.
Cathedral is one of the most incredible collections in his oeuvre. The title story Cathedral is one of his most known stories but the others are equally compelling.
I wanted a drink to pair with this that would just be easy sipping. The kind of drink that you could put on the little table next to your armchair and lift to your lips with the leisurely languor of someone reading a book that is true bliss.
For this I chose a glass of Dark Horse Chardonnay. I had the pleasure of trying this with my grandparents, which is why you'll see that I've photographed an empty bottle (they're very forgiving of my need to photograph all of my drinks!).
This is a really beautiful wine with a smooth, long mouth feel and flavours of apples and caramel. Serious caramel. Like the deliciously burnt sugar on top of a crème brûlée.
It's perfect for rolling around your glass and reading some of the best stories you'll ever encounter.
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