Book and Wine Pairing for Curse of Stars

This week's pairing is between:

Curse of Stars and Chateau La Louviere Rouge Pessac, 2005


Curse of Stars (Diamond Crier #1)Curse of Stars by Donna Compositor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My actual rating: 3 of 5 stars
Synopsis: Sabi Perez is the last Diamond Crier, only she doesn’t know it. Not until a crazed ruler from another world comes to collect her priceless tears and won’t take no for an answer.

Living in New York, Sabi’s seen some nasty things, but the lengths to which her captor will go to keep his crown are things found only in the darkest nightmares. Afraid and alone, Sabi finds solace in her cellmate, Anya, and Cabal, a fellow Crier who also has powers, a rare combination that buys his favor from the ruler. Only it’s a favor he doesn’t want.

In a fit of rage, power erupts out of Sabi, the same power Cabal has, and a spark of hope ignites. Together they may have a chance at escape, something no other Crier has done. Except a ruler hellbent on draining them of every last diamond tear isn’t their only hurdle. If they escape they’ll be hunted to the ends of the earth, if they survive the trek to safety. If they stay the ruler will leech them dry. Sabi would rather die trying than lie down and die, even if that means running away into even more danger.


Chateau La Louviere Rouge Pessac, 2005

Price: $49.99
Where to Buy:
Total Wine
Average Score: 90 points

Flavor Profile: Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France- "Black in color, with intense aromas of blackberry, raisin and toasty oak. Turns to violet. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a mineral, licorice and berry aftertaste."


Curse of Stars is a dark, brooding novel with very few happy moments. Sabi, the MC, has a bold personality and frequently speaks her mind, even when it is not in her best interest. Even though she is bold, she has a loving, gentle side as well. Among her most unique features is her ability to cry diamonds, which is a major plot point. I wanted a wine that could reflect her personality and the tone of the novel. Chateau La Louviere Rouge Pessac does just that. It is described as being black in color, visually representing the dark tone of the novel. The wine itself is intense with bold fruit aromas, which would pair with Sabi's strong personality. Those flavors make way to a violet note, much like she is gentle and delicate. It finishes with minerality, which is reflective of her diamond tears. It is a great bottle of wine and a good representation of a Bordeaux, and would be excellent to curl up and sip on while reading this novel.