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Bouquet

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by G. B. Stern
 

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G.B. Stern (1890-1973) was an author, playwright, and a critic whose literary circle included Noel Coward and Rebecca West. Her prose is brilliant, irresistible, hilarious and triumphal as she recounts her 1926 tour of the vineyards of France with her husband Johnny, and her friends Rosemary and Humphrey. Together they journey from Provence to the Rhône, across

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G.B. Stern (1890-1973) was an author, playwright, and a critic whose literary circle included Noel Coward and Rebecca West. Her prose is brilliant, irresistible, hilarious and triumphal as she recounts her 1926 tour of the vineyards of France with her husband Johnny, and her friends Rosemary and Humphrey. Together they journey from Provence to the Rhône, across the Massif Central to Bordeaux, then up to the Loire Valley and across to Burgundy, finally completing a full circle in Avignon. They drink lavishly, eat voraciously, and with the requisite courteousness but an utterly addicting eye for the quirks and foibles of their hosts, they visit several of the greatest wineries of France (Chapoutier, Lafite-Rothschild, Margaux, Yquem, Romanée-Conti). Stern does not shy away from the occasional rant, and the one in which she addresses men’s sexism in regards to women and wine, is magnificent.

Bouquet is “a triumphal tour,” read the New York Times book review of July 10, 1927, “and Mrs. Stern has set it down with that happy sense of humor, that perfect eye for the ridiculous and that instinctive understanding of French character that lifts ‘Bouquet’ very far from the usual dry book about wine...”

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Tasting Table - Willy Blackmore
Originally published in 1927, British author G.B. Stern's account of an enviable tour of France's greatest vineyards is still wonderfully fresh. Both breezily conversational and well informed, her unpretentious voice will pull you quickly through the 300-page journey from Hermitage to Médoc to Beaune.
Daily Candy Los Angeles - Steven Casale
Bouquet, by G.B. Stern, an entertaining travelogue of boozy proportions, set in France and unpublished since 1933.
Bottlenotes - Jessica Yadegaran
Stern is sassy and poetic. Think a Flapper-era "Sideways" with a dose of "Thelma & Louise." As they visit awe-inspiring chateaux in Provence, the Rhône, Bordeaux, and Burgundy, Stern and her posse ruminate on everything from sexism and the foibles of the French to the timeless debate over which is the more profound wine, Bordeaux or Burgundy. Stern’s thought-provoking prose is as relevant today as it was 85 years ago.
The Feiring Line - Alice Feiring
In Bouquet, there's little bumbling, but so much discovery and insight into the world of wine as it was and as it always will be. We have here, history and human nature. The Burgundy palate vs. Bordeaux palate, New World vs. Old World remains the same. And so does the thrill of that thing called wine. The weak in the knees feel at the sight of Cote d'Or. It's all there, still.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016286570
Publisher:
Good Dirt
Publication date:
02/19/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Gladys Bronwyn Stern or GB Stern, 1890–1973, born Gladys Bertha Stern in London, England, wrote many novels, short stories, plays, memoirs, biographies and literary criticism.

She wrote her first novel at the age of 20, and then continued to write a novel every year. Her "Rakonitz" novels, e.g. The Rakonitz Chronicles (1932), were based on her cosmopolitan, non-practicing Jewish family. She married New Zealander Geoffrey Lisle Holdsworth in 1919, and sometimes collaborated with him. After World War II she became a Catholic. Her 1938 novel The Ugly Dachshund was made into a film.

With Sheila Kaye-Smith she wrote the dialogues Talking of Jane Austen and More Talk of Jane Austen. She also wrote a biography of Robert Louis Stevenson.

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Bouquet 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given the beautifully printed hard copy version of this a couple months ago (I mean it's really printed with care, heavy paper, silks screened cover, etc...).  As it turns out it was also a brilliant read. G.B. Stern is funny, really funny. It was written in the twenties but it still feels fresh. The wineries they visit are still around. The classics of French cuisine are still around. And the way the French treat tourists is still the way she describes it with such humor. Loved it.