Uncorked by Marco Pasanella
My Journey Through the Crazy World of Wine

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If you’re a complete newcomer to the world of wine, you’ll find informative tidbits that don’t come across as demeaning or pretentious...If, however, you’ve been a wine lover for some time, you will find the book equally accessible.
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Synopsis

Marco Pasanella's behind-the-scenes memoir through the world of wine will captivate wine lovers with its story of one man who decided, at age 43, to change his life by opening a wine shop.

As Kitchen Confidential and Waiter Rant explored the front and back of the house at restaurants, Uncorked offers a peek behind the curtain of the wine world.

Pasanella takes the reader into the underbelly of his store and the industry, which is steeped in history yet fanatical about technology and brimming with larger-than-life personalities.

Infused with rich details of his historic waterfront building in New York City and his sojourns to Tuscany, Pasanella's memoir is one of transformation through a project many fantasize about but few commit to. A colorful cast of characters rounds out this fascinating journey through the world of wine.

 

About Marco Pasanella

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MARCO PASANELLA is the proprietor of Pasanella and Son Vintners, which opened in the South Street Seaport area of Manhattan in 2005. The shop has been included in top-ten lists in New York magazine and The Village Voice, and has received praise in Food & Wine, Elle, and Blueprint. Previously, Pasanella designed hotels, including the Maritime in New York, and his furniture and houseware designs are on display at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. A graduate of Yale, he taught for 13 years at the Parsons School of Design. He has been featured in and has written for numerous publications, including Esquire, GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times.
 
Published May 22, 2012 by Clarkson Potter. 226 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Other, Cooking. Non-fiction
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All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Apr 01 2012

Though he removes much of the romance from the idea of opening a wine store, Pasanella’s clear-eyed memoir is a joy to read from beginning to end.

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Serious Eats

Excellent
Reviewed by Leah Douglas on Jul 22 2012

Uncorked does a wonderful job cataloguing the ups and downs of starting a business from scratch...Full of recipes, pairing suggestions, and recommendations for all price points, this is no wine snob's book.

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Zester Daily

Excellent
Reviewed by Laura Holmes Haddad on Jul 05 2012

It’s hard to make wine come alive on the page...but in “Uncorked: My Journey Through the Crazy World of Wine,” all it takes is one midlife crisis by an Italian-American to get you hooked.

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Palate Press

Below average
Reviewed by Evan Dawson

The problem with Uncorked is that it suffers from an identity crisis...In the end, Pasanella’s book tries to be all...things, and it suffers for it.

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S. Krishna's Books

Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on May 27 2012

His writing is smooth and easy, much like the wine he sells. If you're interested in wine or small businesses, Uncorked is definitely a great memoir to pick up.

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Where Pen Meets Paper

Good
Reviewed by Andrew Jacobson on Jun 20 2012

If you’re a complete newcomer to the world of wine, you’ll find informative tidbits that don’t come across as demeaning or pretentious...If, however, you’ve been a wine lover for some time, you will find the book equally accessible.

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Good
Reviewed by Gwen on Nov 05 2012

[N]ot only is the book entirely true and entertaining at the same time, but it is also quite informative and enlightening for both the wine novice and adept.

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205*Food

Good
Aug 21 2012

In many ways, this book is less about the inception of a wine shop than about Marco Pasanella himself...Marco feels like a friend. You like him. You like his book.

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