To start off 2015, I've selected an interesting story I just started reading called Us by David Nicholls. It's a funny novel about how relationships change and also fall apart (uplifting, I know), it's set in Europe and spotlights a British couple.
To drink, instead of choosing a wine variety, I'm going with another region-- Cotes du Rhone in France. My rule of thumb for buying wine in a wine store that doesn't have the best selection is, when in doubt, go for Cotes du Rhone. Even the cheaper bottles are usually pretty good; I assume it's because they've been making wine for-ev-er and have it down pat.