Bacchus and Me: Adventures in the Wine Cellar

Front Cover
Vintage Books, 2002 - Cooking - 278 pages
14 Reviews
Jay McInerney on wine?Yes, Jay McInerney on wine! The best-selling novelist has turned his command of language and flair for metaphor on the world of wine, providing this sublime collection of untraditional musings on wine and wine culture that is as fit for someone looking for “a nice Chardonnay” as it is for the oenophile.

On champagne:“Is Dom Pérignon worth four bottles of Mo‘t & Chandon? If you are a connoisseur, a lover, a snob, or the owner of a large oceangoing craft, the answer . . . is probably yes.”
On the difficulty of picking a wine for a vegetarian meal:“Like boys and girls locked away in same-sex prep schools, most wines yearn for a bit of flesh.”
On telling the difference between Burgundy and Bordeaux:“If it’s red, French, costs too much, and tastes like the water that’s left in the vase after the flowers have died, it’s probably Burgundy.”
On the fungus responsible for the heavenly flavor of the dessert wine called Sauternes:“Not since Baudelaire smoked opium has corruption resulted in such beauty.”

Includes new material plus recommendations on the world’s most romantic wines and the best wines to pair with a meal
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
3
4 stars
4
3 stars
4
2 stars
2
1 star
1

Review: Bacchus and Me: Adventures in the Wine Cellar

User Review  - Maggie - Goodreads

Definitely interesting and educational for wine lovers. Jay McInerney's strength is that he writes rich, opinionated descriptions that go beyond the typical wine snob language. Like this: "It's a ... Read full review

Review: Bacchus and Me: Adventures in the Wine Cellar

User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

Collection of short pieces McI did for House & Garden. Published as a book in 2000, so it is a bit dated at times. I wish each of the pieces was dated, to give us a better sense of the timeliness of ... Read full review

Contents

Rosé
3
Riesling Reconsidered II
11
Griiuer Veltliner Loves Vegetables
21
Clmblis
27
Overachievers of Mziconz IVhite Bmggimdy on a Budget
35
Beautiful Bubbleheads
45
Schramsberg Dont Make Me Crazy
61
The Discreet Charms of Volnay
73
Saurernes
151
Port Without Purdah
157
The Biggest Critic in the Xorld
165
Mondavi on Mondavi
173
The Baron of Barbaresco
183
Attitude? Non on SormnelierjeanLucLe Di?
194
Apropos the Aperitif
205
How to Start Your Own Napa Valley Winery
213

Cult Cabernet
79
Oregon PinotNair
87
Xho You Calling Petite? Petite Sirah
95
Big Red Monster fiom
103
Summer Reds
109
Ltlfitf m1dMiurm III
115
SaintIiniilion Gets Sexy
131
What to Drink with Cheese
222
Millennium
238
Worlds Most Romantic Wines
245
Glossary oi Selected Terms
251
Seleclecl Bibliography 201
265
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2002)

Jay McInerney lives in Tennessee and New York.

Bibliographic information