The Juice by Jay McInerney
Vinous Veritas

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12 Critic Reviews

... a custom blend of literary pizzazz, celebrity access and an amateur's unfiltered enthusiasm...
-Guardian

Synopsis

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.

 

About Jay McInerney

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Jay McInerney is the author of seven novels including "Bright Lights, Big City" and "Brightness Falls," He has also published a collection of short stories, "How it Ended," and two books on wine. He is a regular contributor to "New York Magazine," the "Guardian Weekly," and "Corriere della Serra," He lives in New York City and Water Mill, New York.
 
Published May 8, 2012 by Vintage. 300 pages
Genres: Cooking, Education & Reference, Travel, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Juice
All: 12 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Below average
Apr 01 2012

Another collection of the acclaimed writer’s wine journalism, dominated by short pieces for the Wall Street Journal, some of which seem to have been decanting for too long.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Steven Shapin on May 02 2012

... a custom blend of literary pizzazz, celebrity access and an amateur's unfiltered enthusiasm...

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Apr 09 2012

Overall, McInerney’s encounters with wines are deeply quirky, thus memorable...an oenological exegesis entailing a first kiss and lots of personality.

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Toronto Star

Excellent
Reviewed by Christine Sismondo on May 19 2012

By contrast, The Juice, is compact, fun to read and almost jargon-free. Maybe not such a hard sell, after all.

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Toronto Star

Excellent
Reviewed by Christine Sismondo on May 19 2012

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.

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The Daily Beast

Excellent
Reviewed by Jimmy So on May 14 2012

It’s remarkable that so much can be squeezed from grapes—not pretentious smugness, but expert knowledge.

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NY Daily News

Excellent
Reviewed by Alexander Nazaryan on May 17 2012

“The Juice: Vinous Veritas” proves, though McInerney’s tastes have grown refined...he still loves a good time...

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Portland Book Review

Excellent
Reviewed by George Erdosh on Jul 06 2012

He is a good writer and his fifty-five essays will entertain you for fifty-five days—provided you can control yourself.

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Austin Chronicle

Excellent
Reviewed by Wes Marshall on Jun 01 2012

...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 aromas

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The Times Literary Supplement

Excellent
Reviewed by Tim Crane on Jun 25 2012

... 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...

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The Daily Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Corrie Perkin on Jul 25 2012

If ever there was an affordable wine book to nourish the soul and inspire the palate, this is it.

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Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka on Jun 12 2012

McInerney manages that delicate balance of narrative focus blended with intelligent revelations of the wines themselves.

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