This new collection by the acclaimed novelist-and, according to
Salon, "the best wine writer in America"-is generous and
far-reaching, deeply knowledgeable and often hilarious.
For more than a decade, Jay McInerney's vinous essays, now featured
in The Wall Street Journal, have been praised by
restaurateurs ("Filled with small courses and surprising and exotic
flavors, educational and delicious at the same time" -Mario
Batali), by esteemed critics ("Brilliant, witty, comical, and often
shamelessly candid and provocative" -Robert M. Parker Jr.), and by
the media ("His wine judgments are sound, his anecdotes witty, and
his literary references impeccable" -The New York
Here McInerney provides a master class in the almost infinite
varieties of wine and the people and places that produce it all the
world over, from the historic past to the often confusing present.
From such legendary châteaus as Margaux and Latour and Palmer to
Australia and New Zealand and South Africa, to new contenders in
Santa Rita Hills and Paso Robles, we learn about terroir and
biodynamic viticulture, what Champagnes are affordable (or
decidedly not), even what to drink over thirty-seven courses at
Ferran Adrià''s El Bulli-in all, an array of grapes and wine styles
that is comprehensive and thirst inducing. And conspicuous
throughout is McInerney's trademark flair and expertise, which in
2006 prompted the James Beard Foundation to grant him the MFK
Fisher Distinguished Writing Award.