Enjoy wine More with Your Favourite Book or Drink with Your Cat
One of the best and most relaxing things to do when the clock strikes wine o’ clock is to pour yourself a glass of your favourite vino, relax, and enjoy. The experience becomes even more pleasant when we grab a book to read or share the downtime with our favourite pets.
Now, these scenarios could become a regular thing thanks to two innovations.
Barnes & Noble & Wine
Barnes & Noble, the largest retail bookseller in the United States, recently announced their plans to open new concept stores that will have an expanded menu. For oenophiles, probably the best news about these plans is that the concept stores will also be serving beer and wines with your books.
The first store is set to open in Eastchester in New York this October. The other stores will open at the Edina Galleria in Minnesota, the Palladio in Folsom, California, and the One Loudoun in Virginia.
By serving wine or beer to book lovers, the retailer is hoping book lovers will once again flock to its physical stores.
Alcohol and books are not an unusual combination, as many classical literature works feature drinking as a big theme.
Ernest Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon, anyone? Eat, Pray, Love with a glass or two of bold red wine from Lazio in Italy? The Great Gatsby with a glass of Champagne?
Pinot Meow or MosCATo? You’ve Cat to be Kitten Us
When wine lovers aren’t reading a book during wine o’ clock, they may be doing other pleasurable things like petting their cat that’s sitting on their lap. But even with a feline pet, wine drinkers will probably feel lonely drinking alone.
Well, a company has made a new wine product that could change that.
Wine company Apollo Peak has recently introduced a new wine blend specially made for cats, so you won’t have to drink alone again. The drink made specifically for our feline friends is non-alcoholic (since alcohol is bad for cats.)
It’s an all-natural beverage designed to entice even the pickiest of pussycats. It contains organic catnip grown in the US Pacific Northwest, all-natural and organic fresh beets, and natural preservatives.
Currently, there are two options: Pinot Meow or Moscato, which are available in 1.6 “meownces” and 8 “meownces”. There are also special holiday editions.
Of course, cats aren’t logical creatures—many of them are not ready to form their own wine club.
“Some cats went absolutely nuts for it, some scoffed at it, and others seemed to enjoy it so much they decided to squat next to it like a human taking their time to enjoy it,” Apollo Peak CEO Brandon Zavala told People magazine.
For the Scooby Doos who might try to get a taste of Felicia Purrs-a-lot’s wine, there’s no need to worry as the wine won’t hurt the dogs. There is no guarantee, however, that your cat won’t do anything to the pup.
Zavala adds that the idea behind the wine started out as a joke. With sales and demand currently skyrocketing, however, Apollo Peak looks like they’re enjoying the meowment right meow.