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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    What a fun read!

    Natalie is very informative, while still being very fun. Her pairing of wine and food is spot on. I am looking forward to her next book.

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

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    A must read for any wine enthusiast

    Red, White, and Drunk All Over: A Wine Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass is an enlightening, entertaining, and inspiring read, comprised of her personal stories meeting people and visiting places behind the vast world of wine.

    MacLean's book is organized around ten chapters that take you along with her as she visits Burgundy and Champagne for the first time, experiences the crush of harvest in California, expounds on the trials and tribulations of wine writing, hosts a wine tasting event at home with friends, works in a couple of wine stores, goes undercover as a sommelier, explores the world of Riedel glassware, and concludes with the celebration of a meal with a good friend.

    It is amazing the level of detail MacLean provides in the recounting of her experiences. I honestly felt as if I were standing next to her at times when she was describing the people she encountered and the places she visited. Even better, this book goes beyond the present, offering useful historical and cultural frames of reference that will help connect many of us to the wines we enjoy. As a result of reading this book, I came to understand the larger context surrounding wine's beginnings as well as its evolution through centuries of time to its current state.

    Best of all, I found this book transformative. MacLean not only shares insights into her experiences with wine, but more importantly its lasting affect and impact on her life. I was only seven pages into the introduction when I was struck by an intellectual and emotional honesty not found amongst other wine writers.

    MacLean imparts a fresh perspective on wine that many of us have been thirsty for, but until now were resigned to the fact that most wine writing was so dry it left us even thirstier than before. Through her lyrical prose, she helps explain why wine is elevated to such a level not found in other beverages or foods that grace our table at meal time.

    Having read Red, White, and Drunk All Over, I am so much better off, not just as wine enthusiast who happens to blog about this topic, but more importantly as a person who is striving to understand the larger context of my existence. I strongly recommend this book to every wine enthusiast, whether you are new to wine or have spent decades pursuing this wonderful beverage.

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  • Posted December 15, 2008

    Get this for anyone who buys wine

    I want to give this book to everyone who's ever had to choose wine for dinner, at home or in a restaurant. Natalie MacLean is not a wine snob. She writes in a simple and humourous way that drew me in and made it easy for me to feel as though I was her companion, seeing, smelling,tasting and listening along with her. She speaks not just about how wine is made but takes you along as she visits the land that the grapes grow on and the people who care for the vines. I am definitely going to read this book again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2008

    Let's have a glass!!!

    'Red, White and Drunk All Over' gives one information about the regions of the wine world, varying types of grapes and how they become wine using great storytelling. It's a very fine primer with which to begin one's wine education. And it's a very good read. I'm ready to get on to the tasting 'and drinking'.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2007

    A wonderful read!

    This is a terrific wine book for novices and experts alike. The writing is strong, peppered with laugh-out-loud stories. You learn a lot about wine yet never feel that you're being 'taught.' It's such an easy read to whip through, you regret when it's over. Fortunately, Natalie has a great web site where she offers a free e-newsletter and a nifty food-and-wine matching tool. (Just Google her name and you'll find it.) I can't wait for her next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2007

    Engages All My Senses

    Finally, someone who put into words, so eloquently, the effect wine has on all my senses. After years of reading and writing about wine, taking classes, forming a wine club and simply enjoying my own palate evolution, there is a passionate wine writer who captures my ¿WOW¿ experiences. The awards and recognition are well deserved and this book will be recommended to everyone within earshot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2006

    Urgent Warning:

    This book will make you thirsty. It is highly recommended that you have a ready supply of wine on hand before you start reading. Natalie MacLean makes you feel as if you are right by her side on her fascinating journey through the world of wine and encounters with its engaging inhabitants. And since she¿s in the driver¿s seat, you should relax, uncork and enjoy the ride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2007

    Wine Journey

    Natalie's book is a learning experience for everyone---From the wine lover to the winegrower.It takes you on a wine journey from the fields, to the aromatic barrel rooms. I have read it twice because there is so much good information to soak in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2007

    Communicates to all wine lovers

    I've just finished reading RED, WHITE, AND DRUNK ALL OVER. It was outstanding. It was so reader friendly. Your writing becomes almost poetic at times, and it never loses connection with the everyday person out there, yet it has lots and lots to teach. Your reporting of your own frustrations with returning a bottle was so helpful. You know your audience. You've simply produced an amazing book. It is the most reader-friendly book on wine I've read. You have nudged LOVE BY THE GLASS and JUDGEMENT OF PARIS out of their previous first places with this book.

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