There is something incredibly soothing about swishing colors around while swiveling wine in a glass. While painting and wine is a delightful combination, it can be a little painstaking to set it up at home. And some nights, the living room couch is the hippest place to be. Instead of painting and wine, try the adult coloring book — that amazing trend that came about as a blissful reprieve from #adulting. At the end of a hectic week, does anything sound more relaxing than getting lost in a sea of colors? Red, white, and rosé make for a good palette!
Here’s our ultimate list of wine and coloring book pairings:
Color Me Calm by Lacy Mucklow and Angela Porter with Beaujolais-Villages
Art therapist Lacy Mucklow created this book with illustrator Angela Porter to bring a sense of calm to lives that can feel out of control. With themes centering around flora and fauna, this book brings the colorist back to nature. It is one of the most well-known coloring books there is, and part of the internationally bestselling Color Me series. Pair this popular book with a wine that is also renowned and harkens nature’s notes — Beaujolais-Villages. With a bouquet of fruity and floral notes, this wine has an entrancing color that will settle any mood.
Calm the F*ck Down by Sasha O’Hara with Viña AB Amontillado
If Color Me Calm is too soft for you, maybe you should Calm the F*ck Down — the coloring book, that is. Written with a touch of tough love, this book will have you coloring in the lines with a few bits of biting humor in between. Pair it with a wine that also puts you in your place — a strong sherry. This Amontillado by Viña AB has 16.5 percent A.B.V. Between that and its strong but warming taste, calm is only a few strokes away.
The Official Game of Thrones Coloring Book by George R. R. Martin with Viña Pomal Rioja
Readers are suffering intense anxiety as they await the next book in George R. R. Martin’s series, A Song of Ice and Fire. The Great Bearded Glacier is known for taking his time between novels, and so to pass the time but stay in the magical world of Westeros, pick up The Official Game of Thrones Coloring Book. While Westeros is an imaginary land, it draws inspiration from western Europe, and the wine they love comes from the region of Dorne, which is very similar to Spain. What other wine could be more appropriate, therefore, than a Rioja? This 100 percent Tempranillo from Viña Pomal blends the sweet and bitter notes of vanilla and coffee. Maybe if Georgie drinks some, he’ll write faster…
Doodle Invasion by Zifflin and Kerby Rosanes with Ciù Ciù Oppidum
From the mind of Zifflin comes a whimsical and intricate coloring book that will take the colorist into a totally new world of books flying off shelves, trees growing on houses, and castles in the sky. The Oppidum by the Ciù Ciù winery in the Italian Marche region takes a similarly simple, playful approach, with a full-bodied, aromatic flavor.
Unicorns are Jerks by Theo Lorenz paired with Vilarnau Brut Rosado Reserva Cava
This irreverent coloring book takes takes the spirit of the adult coloring book to the next level, with the children’s beloved unicorn acting like a total jerk. Similarly, Vilarnau’s Rosado Cava is a bubbly rosé that intrigues the mature palate but excites those young at heart.
Color This Book: New York City by Abbi Jacobson with Empire State White
Abbi Jacobson is one talented woman. She can write, dance, sing, and even draw. In Color This Book: New York City, she captures the city that is a muse for her and her co-creator’s show, Broad City. Calmly color New York’s most hectic institutions — Grand Central, Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge. This is a short book, and it pairs beautifully with the half-bottle of Empire State Wine by Brooklyn Winery. The winery is an ode to Brooklyn and New York State, and this bottle holds three New York white grape varietals, bringing out the delightful apple flavor of the region.
The Baroque time period that spanned from the 17th century to the mid-18th century glistened with color and taste, inspiring decorators and designers for generations to come. In the court of Louis XIV, aesthetics and culture reached a new level, resulting in that century being known as the “Grand Siècle.” Distinguished Champagne house Laurent-Perrier pays homage to that time period by naming its Prestige Cuvée after it. The bottle’s shape is an ode to Baroque glassmakers. With bubbles in your head and colors in your hands, you’ll be transported to the France of a different era.
With its appetizing, confection-colored cover, Pies, Fries, and Ice Cream seemed like the most appropriate way to end this list. Here, colorists can delight in all the pastel, pretty bites — pages of pastries, platters of pasta, tables of teacups. Prosecco, that sweet and effervescent drink, is the perfect pair for this treat of a book. This fresh spumante by Masottina has citrus notes and, with an herbal finish, its a perfect way to close a meal.