Books for Gifts: wine books and romance novels

Lisa MattsonVirginie Boone recommends books for gifts in this week’s Press Democrat. Her list of “Some very fine wine books” also includes my wine romance novel, The Exes in My iPod: A Playlist of the Men Who Rocked Me to Wine Country.

Other books recommended include:

A Man and his Mountain: The Everyman who Created Kendall-Jackson and Became America’s Greatest Wine Entrepreneur by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes ($26.99, Public Affairs Books), Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France by Berkeley-based wine merchant Kermit Lynch ($28, Farrar, Straus and Giroux), American Wine by Jancis Robinson and Linda Murphy ($50, University of California Press), Cheese & Beer by Napa Valley-based writer Janet Fletcher ($24.99, Andrews McMeel) and The Drunken Botanist by New York Times bestselling author Amy Stewart ($19.95, Algonquin Books).

View the full list of books here.


Book launch party event photos from the J Winery Legacy Lounge

More than 50 guests turned out for my first book premiere event in California, hosted at J Vineyard & Winery‘s posh Legacy Lounge. Author and TV host Leslie Sbrocco led an embarrassingly funny and exciting Q&A where we aired a lot of steamy dirty laundry from the book.

I was humbled to be supported by so many women (and even a few men) whom I’ve met over the years through the wine business. A huge thank you to the staff at J–especially Kathryn, Taylor, Lindsey and the chef–who opened their hearts, their tasting salons, their kitchen and many bottles of wine to all of the event attendees. I cannot thank you enough for your generosity. And I could have almost cried when Kathryn brought out a magnum of J (a personal gift from Judy Jordan) for all of the event attendees to sign for me as a memento.





nancy and lisa at the exes in my ipod book signing

Book launch wine tasting event at J Winery in Healdsburg

Ladies at Miami Exes in My iPod book launch event
Ladies with Lisa Mattson (right) at The Exes in My iPod book launch event at Vinos in the Grove, Miami, Florida.

Award-winning author, speaker, wine consultant and television host Leslie Sbrocco is joining me for a book chat and wine tasting this month at J Vineyards & Winery in Healdsburg. My first book launch party in California! This event is open to Club J members and guests of Leslie and me; if you are interested in receiving an invitation, please request a RSVP on our eventbrite page.

Details: Start off your Saturday ladies’ night with a book chat and wine tasting hosted by Lisa Mattson, a Kansas transplant turned California wine maven and author of The Exes in My iPod: A Playlist of the Men Who Rocked Me to Wine Country. This lively Q&A discussion between with the author and Leslie Sbrocco, author of The Simple & Savvy Wine Guide and Wine for Women and host of Check, Please! Bay Area, will be followed by wine and food pairings by J Vineyards & Winery. Q&A begins promptly at 6 p.m. in the Legacy Lounge. Download a digital copy of the book ($4.99) before the event. Paperback copies ($13.99) will also be sold at the event.

When: Saturday, November 23, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: J Vineyards & Winery Club J Lounge, 11447 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg, CA 95448. Phone: 707-431-5479

Price: Complimentary