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Top 5 Reasons to Drink Wine With All Your Book Club Discussions

February 9, 2011

by Cathie Beck, author of the best-selling memoir, “Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship” (nominated for March 2011 Books for a Better Life Award)

Back in the day, “book clubs” were stern little groups that took their literature very seriously — nothing but Dickens and Tolstoy and Shakespeare would meet their high-brow literary standards.

Thank the good corkscrews all that’s changed. Today book clubs choose their books based upon gut and good sense – with a little fun wickedness thrown in.

Hence, wine is an organic addition to any self-respecting book club. Without it how could we forgive those losers who never read the book? How we talk so loudly over a fellow member trying to make her literary point? To this end, here are the Top 5 Reasons to Drink Wine With All Your Book Club Discussions.

Because life is short and wine can, ultimately, spoil.

 1. One glass of wine meets the USDA’s minimum daily requirement of one fruit serving. According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, this is so. Therefore, one bottle meets four fruit servings, so consider enjoying a whole bottle yourself. In one sitting.

2. It is safe for your carpeting. When you spill your red wine on your Book Club hostess’s carpet, it’s her carpet – not yours! – and you’ll be gone before she notices it anyway because she’s also enjoying her minimum fruit servings. (Tip: Be sure to wet a cloth and try to rub the red wine out of the rug, which will rub it in more, but again, it’s not your carpet, so don’t worry too much.)

3. It is cost effective. Wine is not cheap and so one reason to always have wine at your book clubs is that someone else – whoever is hosting – must foot that liquor cost. Be sure to always be unavailable when it’s your turn to host and pass that privilege on to the next Book Club member. In this way, your monthly liquor bill stays in budget.

4. Health. Wine has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, minimize cancer risks, heart disease and other nasty ailments. It can also erase the wrinkles on your face and erase your husband’s unsightly “belt bubble” fat and untended nose hair, making him appear pretty darn hot for the evening. For the latter two, you must drink a lot, but try it, it works.

5. Wine is free for you and your book club members. Cathie Beck, author of the best-selling memoir, “Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship,” sends every single book club that schedules a “Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship” discussion a bottle of 2008 Signature Cheap Cabernet wine – beautifully packaged and shipped to your front door. THEN – she Skypes your club and turns it into a real parTAY! Email her directly at

More “Cheap Cabernet” fun can be found at

(Editor’s note: I met Cathie Beck at the Pulpwood Queens Girlfriends’ Weekend and when I learned that she sent wine to book clubs—I knew she was my kind of gal! However, the opinions stated in this post are those of the naughty guest blogger, and as a self-proclaimed group dynamics expert, I do not endorse items #s 2 or 3 above—although I do think they are quite funny! Cheers! BCC)



4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2011 8:58 am

    Hilarious! I knew I liked this blog for a reason. Books + Wine = LOVE!

  2. November 29, 2011 11:44 am

    I absolutely love this! So fun :0)

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