Unquenchable!: A Tipsy Quest for the World's Best Bargain Wines

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We wine writers tend to be obsessive souls. How else can a person stay fascinated throughout a career with just one drink? Compare us to food writers: Over their lives, they'll encounter thousands of ingredients and ways of combining and cooking them. Wine, by contrast, is just fermented grapes. But it engages our primary senses-smell, taste, feel-in a way that is both hedonistic and cerebral.

That's why I've spent the past several years traipsing around the world, visiting ...

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Overview

We wine writers tend to be obsessive souls. How else can a person stay fascinated throughout a career with just one drink? Compare us to food writers: Over their lives, they'll encounter thousands of ingredients and ways of combining and cooking them. Wine, by contrast, is just fermented grapes. But it engages our primary senses-smell, taste, feel-in a way that is both hedonistic and cerebral.

That's why I've spent the past several years traipsing around the world, visiting wineries, tasting their offerings, and searching for the world's best cheap wines. The narrative is as familiar as Arthur's quest for the grail and as naive as Dr. Seuss's plaintive search for the affirmative in Are You My Mother?

With her signature conversational style, Natalie MacLean takes you on a whirlwind journey through the world of wine, searching for great taste at a low cost. By turns confessional-with guilty admissions from a penny-pincher who loves simple pleasures-and spirited, Unquenchable is informed by MacLean's decade-long career as an award-winning wine writer.

In this engaging and enlightening book, MacLean recounts her adventures with the most passionate personalities in some of the most gorgeous, off-beat places in the world-from the crazed vintner who explains his philosophy while speeding down the Autobahn to the Sicilian winemakers you don't want to disappoint with your tasting notes. Yet there's plenty to take away from her inspired recommendations for food pairing to lists of favorite value wines and vintners, plus plenty of pointers that will enhance your own drinking pleasure.

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Many readers would have enjoyed swapping places with MacLean, an award-winning wine writer, as she traveled the world in search of good value and great taste in a bottle. She focuses on finding a wine to pair with a typical dinner each day of the week. Her overriding goal, however, is introducing readers to less familiar wine-producing regions of the world. In the process, MacLean introduces an array of colorful vintners and teaches readers how to choose good representative wines. She supplements the chapters with URLs to further information on her website. The instruction is wrapped in an engaging travelog that includes references to local literature and narratives of mouthwatering meals. MacLean is a charming and disarming author, freely admitting to her love of a bargain (so long as it is delicious) and the intoxicating fun of having wine in her glass. VERDICT A light, informative adventure in wine appreciation that should have broad appeal. Highly recommended. [George M. Taber's forthcoming A Toast to Bargain Wines is a good companion.—Ed.]—Peter Hepburn, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399537806
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,435,402
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Natalie MacLean is the author of Red, White, and Drunk All Over, which was named the Best Wine Literature Book in the English language at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. An accredited sommelier and journalist, she writes wine columns that reach 5.1 million readers in print, and her free wine e-newsletter is read by more than 125,000 wine lovers at www.nataliemaclean.com.

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Table of Contents

A Nose for a Bargain: Opening Thoughts xi

Beyond the Adventures xvii

1 SUNDAY: The Wine Wizards of Oz 1

2 MONDAY: The Unbearable Lightness of German Riesling 41

3 TUESDAY: Helicopters, Hawks, and Hellacious Ladybugs 83

4 WEDNESDAY: The Cape Crusaders of Africa 123

5 THURSDAY: Vino Under the Volcano 167

6 FRIDAY: A Smoldering Liquid Tango 201

7 SATURDAY: A Storm of Pleasure in Every Port 235

8 SUNDAY: La Vie en Rose en Provence 279

Drinking My Words: Closing-Time Comments 317

Acknowledgments 325

Index 329

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