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

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

by Natalie MacLean
     
 

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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

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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 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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From the Publisher
“I learned so much from Natalie MacLean's humorous, literate, lively adventures in search of great buys in wine. Fun to read, her book introduces you to many winemakers who could be in novels, to out-of- the-way places you'll want to add to your travel list, and, most of all, to an appreciation of vino as integral to the joy of living. I'm restocking my racks with her smart suggestions.”—Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun

"With fully extracted prose that lingers on the palate, Natalie MacLean has wisely headed off the beaten path to get at the essence of wine. As she probes the elusive intersection of quality and value, we are lucky sidekicks on her well-observed journey through the landscapes, people, stories, and-let's just say it-buzzes that make wine so wonderful.”—Benjamin Wallace, author of The Billionaire's Vinegar

“Natalie pulls us along happily into her wide world of wine-you are right there with her at the table or in an underground cellar. The conversations are lively and the wine flows. And when a winemaker pours a glass for her, you might look around wondering, 'Where's mine?' She made me itchy to get on a plane and hit the wine route myself.”—Kermit Lynch, award-winning wine merchant and author of Adventures on the W

“A rollicking travelogue of her journeys around the world in search of the best vino that won’t break the bank.—The Washington Post

“A light, informative adventure in wine appreciation that should have broad appeal. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal

“Natalie MacLean’s Unquenchable is one of this year’s most entertaining—and genuinely useful—wine books.”—Louisville Courier-Journal

“Passionate, witty, honest, and informative. This entertaining read is a must for wine lovers.”—VintageCellars.com

“Highly educational and witty, neophytes and professionals will drink this up.” —Wine Enthusiast Magazine

“The narrative is so captivating that Unquenchable becomes a page-turner after reading a few pages of the introduction.”—Winesworld.com

Library Journal
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 Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
777,827
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“I learned so much from Natalie MacLean's humorous, literate, lively adventures in search of great buys in wine. Fun to read, her book introduces you to many winemakers who could be in novels, to out-of- the-way places you'll want to add to your travel list, and, most of all, to an appreciation of vino as integral to the joy of living. I'm restocking my racks with her smart suggestions.”—Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun

"With fully extracted prose that lingers on the palate, Natalie MacLean has wisely headed off the beaten path to get at the essence of wine. As she probes the elusive intersection of quality and value, we are lucky sidekicks on her well-observed journey through the landscapes, people, stories, and-let's just say it-buzzes that make wine so wonderful.”—Benjamin Wallace, author of The Billionaire's Vinegar

“Natalie pulls us along happily into her wide world of wine-you are right there with her at the table or in an underground cellar. The conversations are lively and the wine flows. And when a winemaker pours a glass for her, you might look around wondering, 'Where's mine?' She made me itchy to get on a plane and hit the wine route myself.”—Kermit Lynch, award-winning wine merchant and author of Adventures on the W

“A rollicking travelogue of her journeys around the world in search of the best vino that won’t break the bank.—The Washington Post

“A light, informative adventure in wine appreciation that should have broad appeal. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal

“Natalie MacLean’s Unquenchable is one of this year’s most entertaining—and genuinely useful—wine books.”—Louisville Courier-Journal

“Passionate, witty, honest, and informative. This entertaining read is a must for wine lovers.”—VintageCellars.com

“Highly educational and witty, neophytes and professionals will drink this up.” —Wine Enthusiast Magazine

“The narrative is so captivating that Unquenchable becomes a page-turner after reading a few pages of the introduction.”—Winesworld.com

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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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