Book and Wine Pairing for The Bone Witch

This week's pairing is between:

The Bone Witch and Solar de Castro Rioja Vendimia Seleccionada


The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1)The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis: When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!


Solar de Castro Rioja Vendimia Seleccionada
Price: $18.99
Where to Buy: Total Wine
Average Score: 87 points

Flavor Profile: The fragrant nose of balsam wood, leather, Asian spices, lavender, and black cheery leads to a smooth-textured, spicy, complex wine with ripe fruit flavors. The outstanding volume, impeccable balance, and lengthy, pure finish make this wine a great value.

I chose a pairing that exemplifies the tone and setting of the novel. The tone is dark, alluring and mysterious.  The setting has a definitive Asian influence to it, as well as being described as having sprawling garden as well as having opulent parties nightly. I imagine it smelling like flowers, fresh earth, perfume, alcohol, and tobacco. Solar de Castro Rioja Vendimia Seleccionada encompasses many of the traits from both the setting as well as tone.  On the nose, there is lavender, basalm wood, black cherry, leather, and Asian spices. Tea could have easily smelled these things daily in the Asha districts. The wine is a dark reddish purple and relatively complex, with different flavors being recognized through the first few sips. It is spicy and fruity, but still smooth. The wine can benefit from a little bit of air or age, to build up the complex flavors. It is an excellent wine to sip while delving into The Bone Witch to truly get into the world and tone of the novel.