The Juice: Vinous Veritas

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A&C Black, May 10, 2012 - Cooking - 304 pages
One of America's best novelists Jay McInerney is also well-known for being a wine connoisseur. Since beginning to drink wine, in emulation of his literary and cultural heroes - which he admits were not only Hemingway and Fitzgerald but also the characters that they gave birth to - the writer's understanding of and fascination with wine has only grown.

The Juice gives an insight into a passion and pastime that McInerney believes should be accessible to everyone, from those popping down to the supermarket to those popping down to their wine cellars. Using his trademark flair and expertise, McInerney paints a collage of the almost infinite varieties of wine across the globe, extracting the best and the most affordable from the intimidating selection offered by the modern world.

His tour embraces a vast array of countries, moving from such legendary chateaux as Margaux and Latour in France and the revered Friuli and Piedmont regions of Northern Italy to new contenders in the Santa Rita Hills and Paso Robles in the US. Even whilst stretching as far as the vast lands of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, he never abandons the details, exploring the intimate history behind each bottle. With contagious curiosity, McInerney explores the huge world of viticulture, from terroir to biodynamics, and sets out to answer the big questions: whether French should mix with American; why rap stars no longer drink Cristal; why you shouldn't be intimidated by German wine labels; and whether it really is acceptable to drink Pinot Grigio.

Far-reaching, deeply knowledgeable and often hilarious, The Juice provides a masterclass in a wide range of grapes and wine styles, as well as the people and places taking such meticulous care over each and every glass. Stretching from the historic past to the often confusing present, McInerney captures the excitement that is felt by millions of people for the expansive world of wine.
 

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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.Though McInerney has ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
Chablis
13
Oh No Not Pinot Grigio
21
Pop Pop Fizz Fizz
27
Rosé from Provence to Long Island
36
The Paradox of Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay
44
The Founding Wine Geek
55
The Salesman with the Golden Palate
63
Blood Sweat and Leaps of Faith
146
OldSchool Rioja
154
The American Godmother of Burgundy 16 5
170
Iacquess Domaine
179
SavignylesBeaune
188
The Great Whites and Reds
199
Kiwi Reds from Craggy Range
208
Location Location Location
216

The Rock Stars of Pinot Noir
72
Ted Conklin and the American Hotel
78
Ioe Vino Bastianich Breaks Out
85
Is Biodynamics a Hoax?
93
The Odd Couple
101
Does Bordeaux Still Matter?
117
Big Aussie Monsters
127
Piedmonts Everyday Red
136
Ridge
222
His Magnum Is Bigger Than Yours
233
1996 Champagne
246
El Bulli
255
Travels with Lora
271
Acknowledgments
285
Copyright

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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 two non-fiction books on wine, one of which was the acclaimed A Hedonist in the Cellar. 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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