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 Times).
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.
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No question, McInerney breaks the mold of the pretentious wine writer...McInerney continues to break rules by giving us the stories of the people who make, curate cellars and drink the wine.Read Full Review of The Juice: Vinous Veritas | See more reviews from Toronto Star
It’s remarkable that so much can be squeezed from grapes—not pretentious smugness, but expert knowledge.Read Full Review of The Juice: Vinous Veritas
“The Juice: Vinous Veritas” proves, though McInerney’s tastes have grown refined...he still loves a good time...Read Full Review of The Juice: Vinous Veritas
He is a good writer and his fifty-five essays will entertain you for fifty-five days—provided you can control yourself.Read Full Review of The Juice: Vinous Veritas
...the best wine writer in the U.S....He has an amazing ability to mangle a metaphor/simile/analogy into impossibly precise descriptions of wine's flavors and aromasRead Full Review of The Juice: Vinous Veritas
... a collection of short pieces... all readable, often insightful and funny, but their unifying characteristic is something that all nerds, geeks and enthusiasts exhibit in their writing: the desire to inform and instruct...Read Full Review of The Juice: Vinous Veritas
If ever there was an affordable wine book to nourish the soul and inspire the palate, this is it.Read Full Review of The Juice: Vinous Veritas
McInerney manages that delicate balance of narrative focus blended with intelligent revelations of the wines themselves.Read Full Review of The Juice: Vinous Veritas
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