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A Hedonist in the Cellar


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Winner of the Best Wine Literature Award, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2006

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Jay McInerney, whose wine column appears monthly in House & Garden in the USA, is the author of seven novels, the most recent of which, The Good Life, was published by Bloomsbury in 2006. He lives in New York City.


Those who've ever thought wine writing was a bit sniffy will find McInerney's cheeky and informative squibs on wine a generous, almost ham-handed pleasure. In this collection of short essays, reproduced from his monthly column in House & Garden, the increasingly avid reader is enveloped in the various wines he tastes. It's sexy. But it's not just wine that's sexy here, it's also the people who have "caught the wine bug" and dedicate themselves to making their own labels. McInerney (Bright Lights, Big City; The Good Life) ferrets out the small winemakers, investigates their ethos and tastes their efforts with the same glee and tireless interest he dedicates to the big bottlers. This sense of discovery permeates each essay as he links the wine to its history, where the grapes come from and the culture that goes into its making. Readers will learn more than even the most dedicated oenephile can use, but everyone can be inspired to find the next bottle of something special for any occasion. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

#39;Personal, enlightening, and above all fun to read #39; Michael Broadbent, Master of Wine of Christie #39;s #39;McInerney #39;s wine judgements are sound, his anecdotes witty, and his literary references impeccable. Not many wine books are good reads; this one is #39; New York Times #39;A cracking read #39; Daily Telegraph #39;Brilliant, witty, comical and often shamelessly candid and provocative #39; Robert M. Parker Jr, The Wine Advocate

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