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

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With her signature engaging 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.

MacLean recounts her adventure with the most passionate personalities in some of the most gorgeous, off-beat places in the world—from...

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Overview

With her signature engaging 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.

MacLean recounts her adventure with the most passionate personalities in some of the most gorgeous, off-beat places in the world—from the crazed vintner who explains his wine 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 pairings to favorite value wines and wineries, plus many 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: 1,395,429
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Natalie MacLean is the award-winning author of Red, White, and Drunk All Over, named the Best Wine Literature Book (English) at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. An accredited sommelier and journalist, her wine e-newsletter, Nat Decants, is read by more than 130,000 wine lovers. Her free mobile app, “Wine Picks & Pairings: Natalie Maclean,” has been downloaded 100,000 times.

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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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