December is a month when think about new beginnings, fresh starts, and resolutions for the new year. The premise for Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty seemed like the perfect match for this time: nine people who gather at a remote health resort looking for a reboot on life. Each endures a difficult ten days in hopes of leaving a better person, but does the answer to change really lie in a luxurious retreat? Also notable: Liane Moriarty is also the author behind Big Little Lies.
Along with looking forward, the end of the year is a time to reflect and look back as well. So this month, I went with one of the most prominent wine regions in history, one that is a pillar and model for winemaking: Bordeaux. It's the largest producing wine region in France, with organized viticulture dating back to the 6th century BC. The most common grape varieties for the region are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot for reds, and Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle for white. I'm drinking a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc; it's super earthy, with a little bit of spice and berry fruit. Show us what you're drinking and tag @bookwineclub.