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Mensa Wines, South Africa’s first wine supported by an augmented reality (AR) app taking storytelling to the next level, is celebrating National Book Week from 3-9 September 2018 with an intriguing online wine and book pairing competition.

As the ultimate book club wine, Mensa is hoping to get more people reading by calling on book and wine lovers to share great stories by pairing the new Mensa wines with their favourite books. The pairing suggestions will be collated into a Mensa Book List and all participants stand a chance to win a year’s supply of Mensa wines for their book club or weekend get-togethers.

Mensa is all about story telling so choose books you think would be a good match for Mensa Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay/Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines are available at Checkers stores countrywide, or online at Visit the Mensa Tasting Room at to learn more about them.

Author Amy Heydenrych, one of Mail & Guardian’s 2018 Top 200 Young South Africans, has already set the ball rolling, pairing Mensa Cabernet Sauvignon with her latest book, the addictive psychological thriller – Shame on You: “I chose to pair my novel with Mensa Cabernet Sauvignon, as both are deliciously dark. Like the wine, my book has many layers to it, that reveal themselves to you the more you go on. The Cabernet Sauvignon conjures up a cozy night spent curled up on the couch reading, with a decadent treat such as a dark chocolate brownie or a bowl of roasted nuts nearby. Both the book and the wine are even better when shared with a friend!”

Besides the grand prize, signed copies of her book and a beautiful Mensa tote bag are also up for grabs.

To enter the wine and book pairing competition visit, click on any of the social media icons and share your Mensa wine and book pairing using the hashtag #MensaBookList. The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, 9 September 2018 and all book list suggestions qualify for the prize draw.

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