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Lucian Books and Wine owners Jordan Smelt and Katie Barringer.

Katie Barringer of Buckhead’s Lucian Books and Wine shares book and wine pairings.

Lucian Books and Wine owners Jordan Smelt and Katie Barringer.
Lucian Books and Wine owners Jordan Smelt and Katie Barringer.

Three of life’s greatest pleasures— books, wine and food—converge at Buckhead’s Lucian Books and Wine, helmed by Katie Barringer, founder of Cover Books, and Jordan Smelt, formerly of Cakes & Ale. Styled by Seiber Design, the bookstore and wine bar, named for British painter Lucian Freud, offers shelves of visual nonfiction books on art and culture, a wine bar serving bottle selections and wines by the glass, and a concise, seasonal menu by Chef Brian Hendrickson. Guests can expect in-store events such as book signings, wine tastings and paired dinners. Here, Barringer shares her must-have book and wine pairings for summer 2021.

Matthew Wong: Postcards 1. BOOK: Matthew Wong: Postcards (Karma Books, New York)
WINE: 2019 Joshua Cooper Chardonnay; Captains Creek Vineyard, Victoria, Australia (Vine Street Imports)

BARRINGER: At a time when we’re all nostalgic for past travels and hungry for new adventures, this wonderful book of imaginary postcards painted by the late Matthew Wong fits both types of wanderlust. The Chardonnay from Joshua Cooper drinks like a top-notch Chablis.

David Benjamin Sherry: American Monuments

2. BOOK: David Benjamin Sherry: American Monuments (Radius Books, Santa Fe)
WINE: 2020 Jolie-Laide Pinot Gris, Glen Oaks Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, California

B: This pairing makes us think of a great summer road trip. The book, a beautiful collection of landscape photography of the American West, is as haunting in its imagery as it is in its commentary on conservationism. The wine, a gorgeous, fruit-forward and textured Pinot Gris, is made with fruit from a vineyard that is part of the Sonoma Land Trust.

Cézanne: Drawing

3. BOOK: Cézanne: Drawing (The Museum of Modern Art, New York)
WINE: 2019 Clos Cibonne, Cuvée Tradition, Provence, France

B: This new book on Paul Cézanne showcases his lesser-known works on paper. On the subject of lesser known, this French wine is made primarily from the grape Tibouren and is one of the rare rosé wines that can improve with age.

Hermès Pop-Up!4. BOOK: Hermès Pop-Up! (Actes Sud, Paris)
WINE: NV Egly-Ouriet, Brut Les Prémices, Champagne, France

B: You can’t get more classic than a Hermès scarf, and this delightful book gives the look a playful touch. It pairs perfectly with a cold bottle of Champagne from one of our favorite grower-producers, Egly-Ouriet.

Lucian Books and Wine
3005 Peachtree Road
Atlanta 30305

BY: Claire Ruhlin
PHOTO: Christy Bush

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