A Winter Pairing

Author Amira Makansi. Photo by Steven Addington.

In the midst of a particularly challenging winter, poetry, like Sara Teasdale’s lines below, can bring us a sweet moment of lift.


Night by Sara Teasdale

Stars over snow,

    And in the west a planet

Swinging below a star–

    Look for a lovely thing and you will find it,

It is not far–

    It never will be far.


To add to the poem’s effervescence, we asked Amira Makansi to suggest a pairing.  Amira is our local expert in all things beverage-related and the author of Literary Libations: What to Drink with What You Read (Skyhorse Publishing, 2018). Here is the pairing she suggests for “Night.”

“Let the twinkle of stars match the twinkle of bubbles, and pair this delicate, hopeful poem with something equally bright: a glass of blanc de blancs Champagne. Many sparkling wines from Champagne are a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir, but blanc de blancs is made exclusively from Chardonnay. With focused tannins and brilliant acid, blanc de blancs carries a lightness and delicacy unmatched by either brut or blanc de noirs. These elegant wines give a sense of perpetual hope: that there is always something glimmering and joyful not far away.”