Shelley Boettcher — incredible writer, editor, friend, mom, all-around-superstar — has a new book out, called Uncorked! The Definitive Guide to Alberta’s Best Wines under $25.
Christina and I are very excited about this book, for a few reasons:
1) We love wine. And this book will help us pick out the perfect bottle, every time. For every one of Shelley’s picks, you’ll find the need-to-know info such as the variety, year and price, as well as her suggestions on what to pair the wine with, which occasions it would be perfect for and a fun piece of trivia. Example: Do you know what Pinotage means? As she explains of Sebeka’s Cabernet Pinotage wine from Western Cape, South Africa, “Pinotage is South Africa’s signature red wine grape and is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. In South Africa, Cinsault is known as Hermitage. Hence the name Pinotage — a mix of Pinot and Hermitage.” (See how smart you’ll sound when you bust a bottle of this out for your dinner guests?)
2) We believe this handy, fun book will make for the perfect Christmas gift. Perhaps we’ll pair it with a bottle or two of Shelley’s picks for extra points.
3) We really love Shelley Boettcher. For three years, Shelley and I sat about five feet from each other in the newsroom at the Calgary Herald, writing for the Real Life section. I heart her. Shelley is such a stellar, talented woman. And she sure knows her vino.
We celebrated her new book last Friday at the charming Pages on Kensington bookstore.
Here’s Valerie Fortney, friend, Calgary Herald columnist and author of Sunray: The Death and Life of Captain Nichola Goddard, telling everyone, “Buy this book!”
Pierre Lamielle, chef and author/illustrator of the cool cookbook, Kitchen Scraps, provided some tasty morsels of goodness.
Wonderful shindig. Wonderful book. I can’t wait to hit the liquor store with Uncorked! in hand.