In honor of #pride month & love in all forms, I’m bringing back one of my favorite books—a rom-com with a (gay, glorious) twist—to pair with an absolutely delightful pet-nat.
When Katie Met Cassidy is a book you want to be a movie. It’s your traditional girl-meets- story, featuring young blonde New York lawyer, Katie, fresh off a break-up and ready to date. Except she meets a woman instead: The suit-wearing, swaggy Cassidy Price, who locks her eye across a board room table. It’s got everything you want in a great rom-com: Whirlwind courtship, self-doubt, estrangement, & an unexpected but satisfying ending. But it’s not fluff. (Rom-coms are serious business!!) Author Camille Perri, who I know & adore, took cues from Nora Ephron to write a true-to-genre book that’s also entirely new, addressing the issues with acceptance, identity, & expectations of a formerly straight woman forced to reconsider who she is & what she likes, & the very queer woman having to navigate that with her. I tore through this book as happily as I rewatch When Harry Met Sally on every airplane & think about it often as one of the best books that accurately depicts modern, not-so-hetero-anymore dating.
I knew I wanted to pair this book with something super fun (read: V gay. Had to have bubbles.) And this pet-nat is IT. Admittedly the label got me—what else says “Surprise! Did I just discover I like girls, too?” better than this Roy Lichtenstein-esque design? But the wine inside is so fitting: 100% Sémillon that tastes like a perfectly fizzy dry pear cider. I was so pleased when I opened this—and at a low 9% ABV, you can basically drink the whole thing while powering through this book in one sitting. Sémillon is France’s 3rd most popular grape that I don’t think gets enough credit. It’s great for fans of Sauv Blanc and Pinot—dry, with notes of citrus, pear/apple, sometimes a buttery or honey vibe.
Splash yourself a glass and settle in with this book. Both are absolutely perfect for summer, & like all good rom-coms, you’ll want to return to them over & over—they’ll never get old.