Happy New Year Book & Wine Club! Or almost, at least. This month's pick was crowdsourced! I ran a poll on Instagram Stories asking followers to select the book they want to read in January, and The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai is the winner. I'm excited to kick off the year with a powerful novel chronicling the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and its devastating effects, and one of the first books to tell the story over time, from 1985 to present. It is Makkai's third novel, and was selected as one of the New York Times' best books of 2018.
To celebrate the start of 2019, we will be drinking bubbly, of course. And this time, it's non-Champagne bubbly, meaning there's a lot of options here: from Cava to Cremant, Lambrusco to Franciacorta. I'm currently sipping on the bottle pictured above, Domaine Migot Brut Methode Traditionelle NV, a fresh and creamy sparkler made about 100 kilometers Southwest of Alsace, France. It has a slightly pink tinge, made with 100 percent Gamay grapes, with notes of yellow apple and currant.