The Cantina Scene Review: ‘This Calls For a Drink’ by Diane McMartin is the Wine and Beer Guide We Needed


cover78505-mediumDiane McCartin isn’t the type to pull punches when she discusses wine and beer. In her new book This Calls for a Drink, McMartin breaks down what to drink and when to drink it. Whether it’s attending a wedding or reading a dystopian novel, she’s got the situation covered.

This Calls for a Drink is smart, sassy, and modern. If less than clean language isn’t your thing, skip it. McCartin writes in a fully open way, and that sometimes includes swearing. Her voice is refreshing, much like many of the adult beverage recipes she provides.  The best part is that she’s factual and funny. She includes descriptions of individual grapes, lets you know the actual level of importance of the glass, and just what matters when picking a beer or wine for the occasion. Diane McCartin is happy to express her feelings on what to drink on an OK Cupid date vs. TINDR, and what to drink when you’ve decided to give up dating for a while. My favorite chapter of the book focuses on what to drink while reading. This includes what to drink when you’re reading a book like Ulysses vs. The Handmaid’s Tale.  In a particularly brilliant passage she writes:

Just don’t read Brave New World,The Handmaid’s Tale and 1984 all in one Summer- no amount of wine, no matter how delicious, will help you recover from that.

As someone who read The Handmaid’s Tale before a date once, I concur with her advice.

This book seems to be designed for a smart drinker in their late 20’s through 40’s.  While the tone is more feminine, I don’t see why a smart man who drinks wine wouldn’t find the book fascinating as well.  I highly recommend this book.

This Calls for a Drink!: The Best Wines and Beers to Pair with Every SituationThis Calls for a Drink comes to bookstores June 14, 2016.


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