A Hedonist in the Cellar: Adventures in Wine

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A&C Black, May 1, 2012 - Art - 272 pages
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Jay McInerney, internationally celebrated author of Bright Lights, Big City, turns his hand to his lifelong love affair with wine. Pearls of wisdom are offered on the subjects of the best wine for romantics, the parallels between Californian wines and floundering Hollywood stars, the choice of wine for the author's own debauched forty-eighth birthday party, the 'high-testosterone grape' that is Colin Farrell, absinthe, 'the wild green fairy', and what wine is best drunk with chocolate. At the same time McInerney is a genuine connoisseur, taking the reader on a tour through the wine regions of the world and imparting tried and tested advice on grapes and vintages, bouquets, noses and finishes.
 

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User Review  - wrmjr66 - LibraryThing

This collection of McInerney's wine columns for House and Garden show why he is one of the better wine writers at work today. He's as likely to compare a wine to a movie or a song as he is to compare ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
The New Wave of California Chardonnays
Translating German Labels
South African Reds
Malbec Rising
The Discreet Charms of OldStyle Rioja
Artisinal Champagnes
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About the author (2012)

Jay McInerney writes a wine column for the Wall Street Journal and is a regular contributor to the Guardian, the New York Times Book Review and Corriere della Sera. He has written seven novels, including Bright Lights, Big City, cited by Time as one of the nine generation-defining novels of the twentieth century, two short story collections and three non-fiction books on wine. In 2006, he received the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award from the James Beard Foundation. He lives in Manhattan and Bridgehampton, New York.

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