Wine reads : a literary anthology of wine writing

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In this richly literary anthology, Jay McInerney--bestselling novelist and acclaimed wine columnist for Town & Country , Wall Street Journal , and House and Garden --selects over twenty pieces of memorable fiction and nonfiction about the making, selling, and of course, drinking of fine wine.

Including excerpts from novels, short fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction, Wine Reads features big names in the trade and literary heavyweights alike. We follow Kermit Lynch to the Northern Rhône in a chapter from his classic Adventures on the Wine Route . In an excerpt from Between Meals , long-time New Yorker writer A. J. Liebling raises feeding and imbibing on a budget in Paris into something of an art form--and discovers a very good rosé from just west of the Rhone. Michael Dibdin's fictional Venetian detective Aurelio Zen gets a lesson in Barolo, Barbaresco, and Brunello vintages from an eccentric celebrity. In real life, and over half a century ago, Jewish-Czech writer and gourmet Joseph Wechsberg visits the medieval Château d'Yquem to sample different years of the "roi des vins"alongside a French connoisseur who had his first taste of wine at age four.

Also showcasing an iconic scene from Rex Pickett's Sideways and work by Jancis Robinson, Benjamin Wallace, and McInerney himself, this is an essential volume for any disciple of Bacchus.

Introduction / Jay McInerney
Taste / Roald Dahl
A stunning upset / George Taber
Blind tasting / Jancis Robinson
The notion of terroir / Matt Kramer
The wineführers / Donald and Petie Kladstrup
My fall / Roger Scruton
Wine / Jim Harrison
From sideways / Rex Pickett
Perils of being a wine-writer / Auberon Waugh
East of Eden, 1963-1965 / Julia Flynn Siler
Afternoon at Château d'Yquem / Joseph Wechsberg
From a long finish / Michael Dibdin
The assassin in the vineyard / Maximillian Potter
Burgundy on the Hudson / Bill Buford
Just enough money / A. J. Liebling
From Sweetbitter / Stephanie Danler
Northern Rhône / Kermit Lynch
The importance of being humble / Eric Asimov
The secret society / Bianca Bosker
A pleasant stain, but not a great one / Benjamin Wallace
The wine in the glass / M. F. K. Fisher
My father and the wine / Irina Dumitrescu
From the making of a great wine / Edward Steinberg
War and the widow's triumph / Tilar J. Mazzeo
Billionaire winos / Jay McInerney
The 1982 Bordeaux / Elin McCoy
Remystifying wine / Terry Theise.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Novelist and noted oenophile McInerney (A Hedonist in the Cellar , 2006) compiled this intriguing anthology of essays and excerpts in which wine is front-and-center by a wide array of authors, from food and wine writers to novelists, journalists, and poets. Well-known wine and food writers like Jancis Robinson, Matt Kramer, Kermit Lynch, M. F. K. Fisher, and Terry Theise provide personal reflections on their experiences in the wine world, and an interesting majority exhibits a confirmed, yet oddly not suspect, preference for classic, old-world French wines. Excerpts from works by Don and Petie Kladstrup (Champagne, 2005), George Taber (Judgment of Paris, 2005), and Rex Pickett (Sideways , 2004) are featured, too. Readers will undoubtedly be refreshingly re-introduced to writers they haven't yet encountered in this context, such as Roald Dahl, Jim Harrison, Irina Dumitrescu, and novelist Stephanie Danler (Sweetbitter , 2016). As a whole, this masterful anthology flows wonderfully, but each piece can be read at random. Readers with any wine familiarity or background will find something to enjoy here.--Becca Smith Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Much of this oenophilic ramble assembled by novelist and wine journalist McInerney (Bright, Precious Days) avoids the minutiae of wine tasting for a bigger look at the sheer enjoyment of drinking it. McInerney's selection of essays is broad ("Ideally it will inspire new thirsts") and includes Roald Dahl's blackly comic 1951 essay "Taste," in which a game of guess-the-vintage is taken to absurd extremes; Jim Harrison's "Wine," with its Hemingway-as-gourmet verve ("Another smaller tree falls and my dog barks. I'd offer her a glass but she doesn't care for wine"); and a hilarious snippet of Rex Pickett's dysfunctional wine tour from his novel Sideways (adapted to film in 2004). Many essays deal with the culture of wine, like the (literal) sword-swinging wine-bro mania explored by McInerney in his brashly funny "Billionaire Winos," Elin McCoy's sharp study of how Robert Parker's explosive love of 1982 Bordeaux changed the industry, or A.J. Liebling's discursive paean to Parisian gourmandizing in "Just Enough Money." Meanwhile in the exceptional essay "The Wine in the Glass," M.F.K. Fisher describes the actual experience of drinking a fine wine ("it rolls down the throat like a blissful messenger of what's to follow"). There are plenty of bright notes of flavor in this anthology to make it worthy reading, preferably with a glass in hand. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Wine -- Literary collections.
Publisher New York :2018
Edition First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
Contributors McInerney, Jay, editor.
Language English
Description vii, 392 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780802128836
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