Wine and books decant discussion

Pauline Probyn loves reading and wine. So she created the Women
Pauline Probyn loves reading and wine. So she created the Women's Wine and Book Club that has now expanded to a second chapter.

Pauline Probyn loves to read. She also loves learning about wine. So, she thought, why not combine them.

Probyn, a New West realtor, started the Women’s Wine and Book Club three years ago. It’s become so popular she recently formed a second chapter.

Both groups read the same books but meet on different nights, so members can toggle between them as their schedule allows. But they’re absolutely not allowed to belong to both groups, says Probyn, smiling.

A voracious reader who’s dabbled in writing some of her own fiction, Probyn started her reading group as an alternative to meeting people in the community through traditional business networks. Adding the wine component helped make it more social.

“It’s an icebreaker,” says Probyn.

While the wines selected for the groups’ meetings aren’t directly related to the monthly reading, Probyn says she does try to link it with themes in the book or paired with cuisine from the region in which the book is set. For instance this month’s book, Tom Franklin’s Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is set in rural Mississippi and will be discussed over a Sauvignon Blanc that goes nicely with southern barbecue.

Probyn says reading a book while enjoying a glass of wine is a personal indulgence, but being able to discuss social issues raised by that book takes the experience to a new level.

“Reading is an isolated and lonely activity,” says Probyn. “You’re moved, but you’re not sharing it. By going to a book club, you can share your experience.”

To find out more about the Women’s Wine and Book Club, go to their meet up page at


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