First Big Crush: The Down and Dirty on Making Great Wine Down Under

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First Big Crush: The Down and Dirty on Making Great Wine Down Under

by Eric Arnold

Scribner | September 18, 2007 | Hardcover

First Big Crush: The Down and Dirty on Making Great Wine Down Under is rated 3 out of 5 by 1.
The story behind the bottle, First Big Crush is Eric Arnold's wild account of his year immersing himself in all things wine...and somehow not winding up in rehab.

Never having held a meaningful job for very long (and getting fired from most of them), Eric Arnold heads to New Zealand -- to Allan Scott Wines -- seeking adventure and hoping to learn a little bit about wine. What could be better than working outside in the fresh air and drinking wine all day? Before he knows it, he is dirty, wet, cold, and at the mercy of a tank of wine that just might explode and take him with it. So begin Eric's adventures in the world of wine. He gets sunburned, sore, and drunk -- and then does it all over again the next day.

First Big Crush is a story that is as outrageous as it is compelling. Here are tales of first pressings, pruning, and tasting competitions. There are also rowdy nights at the local pub, girls, meat pies, girls, rugby, and tales of hunting wild pig. Along the way, each step of the winemaking process is explained in a way that humans can actually understand. Almost against his will, Eric becomes an expert.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 in

Published: September 18, 2007

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416537694

ISBN - 13: 9781416537694

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from great! I found this book to be very funny. A good summer read with a glass of your favourite New Zealand wine.
Date published: 2008-06-18

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First Big Crush: The Down and Dirty on Making Great Wine Down Under

First Big Crush: The Down and Dirty on Making Great Wine Down Under

by Eric Arnold

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 in

Published: September 18, 2007

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416537694

ISBN - 13: 9781416537694

About the Book

A budding and hilarious young writer--now an editor at "Wine Spectator"--tells of his back-breaking year working at a vineyard in New Zealand, and the wine lore he learns along the way.

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How I Wound Up in the South Pacific with Grape Skins in My UnderwearLet's get one thing clear right away. You're not reading this book because I'm some kind of wine expert. You're reading this book because at the time I set out to write it, I was just like you: I liked drinking wine even though I knew relatively little about it. Actually, I'm embarrassed to admit that for years I was the worst kind of wine drinker: the kind who thinks he knows something about wine. Carlo Rossi's mattress stains could've taught you more about wine than I could have.I declared myself a wine expert, wrongly and assholishly, during my senior year of college, for a simple reason: because I was in college. College students think they're experts in everything, and my circle of friends was no exception. We didn't just think the world would be different if we were in charge -- we knew it would be. Because we were drunk.But we weren't just regular drunks; we thought we were so much cooler. In lieu of dank frat-house basements and warm Coors Light, just about every Saturday night my friends and I would pile into a jazz bar that sold Washington-made Hogue Cellars Fume Blanc by the bottle for about thirteen dollars. Early on I figured out that it didn't make sense to spend thirty or forty dollars on gin and tonics if I could get just as drunk by ordering a bottle of Hogue with one glass. Everyone else in the group quickly caught on to my line of thinking. One night we drank every last drop of Hogue in th
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From the Publisher

The story behind the bottle, First Big Crush is Eric Arnold's wild account of his year immersing himself in all things wine...and somehow not winding up in rehab.

Never having held a meaningful job for very long (and getting fired from most of them), Eric Arnold heads to New Zealand -- to Allan Scott Wines -- seeking adventure and hoping to learn a little bit about wine. What could be better than working outside in the fresh air and drinking wine all day? Before he knows it, he is dirty, wet, cold, and at the mercy of a tank of wine that just might explode and take him with it. So begin Eric's adventures in the world of wine. He gets sunburned, sore, and drunk -- and then does it all over again the next day.

First Big Crush is a story that is as outrageous as it is compelling. Here are tales of first pressings, pruning, and tasting competitions. There are also rowdy nights at the local pub, girls, meat pies, girls, rugby, and tales of hunting wild pig. Along the way, each step of the winemaking process is explained in a way that humans can actually understand. Almost against his will, Eric becomes an expert.

Editorial Reviews

"First Big Crush is unlike any wine book I've ever read, a hugely entertaining hybrid of the participatory journalism of George Plimpton, the hallucinatory journalism of Hunter Thompson, and frat house bathroom graffiti. He's a bull in the china shop of wine writing and it's a pleasure to see him breaking everything in sight."

-- Jay McInerney, author of The Good Life