Let's get ELECTRIC! The Power by Naomi Alderman is a finger-in-an-electrical-outlet book, one that will send your whole body into shivers. And so a high-wattage, high-acid, tart and wild pet-nat was the only answer to it.
Simply put: The Power rules. It's so on point for this moment. The premise: Women and girls around the world all of a sudden start to develop the ability to shoot powerful volts of electricity from their fingertips. Then it spreads. Societies start to implode, explode, and collectively lose their shit as women suddenly become the ones with all the power (power that corrupts, absolutely), all the ability to rule but also to cause fear and harm. Thousands of years of repression are channeled through the fingers of women as they realize what it feels like to be the one in control. It's a fascinating concept that makes you think about the dynamics of power and gender, subverted in not necessarily a positive way.
I knew the Milan Nestarec 380 Watts was the wine for the job. I first had this Czech Republic pet-nat a year ago and was blown away by the power (sorry) in it. A blend of 3 grapes, Muller Thurgau, Neuburger, and Muscat, lighter whites typically on the citrus-y and off-dry side, here they TURN UP: Dry, SO citrus-y, tart—like a sour lemon-lime soda your grade school friend might have challenged you to drink at lunch in one go. It's deeply satisfying and will hit you right in the belly. But it's drinkable! Fans of dry Rieslings or very limey Sauv Blancs will have a home here. And it's a great intro to this producer—Milan Nestarec makes some of the weirdest/coolest wines out there right now. (A little pricier, but definitely worth it for a splurge.)
I love books and bottles that make you rethink everything you think you know; about power, about gender, about grape styles. These two do just that.
Book: The Power, Naomi Alderman
Bottle: Milan Nestarec Danger 380 Volts 2018
Imported by Jenny Francois; found Chambers Street Wines and Wine Therapy.