Uncorked: One Man's Journey Through the Crazy World of Wine

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Clarkson Potter, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 214 pages

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.


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UNCORKED: My Journey Through the Crazy World of Wine

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An absorbing look at establishing and managing a wine shop through many difficulties, including the financial downturn.Pasanella (Living in Style without Losing Your Mind, 2000) chronicles his ... Read full review

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This is a wonderful, colorful read, especially if you are a wine lover. The descriptive passages carry you along with Marco Passanella and his journey, and before you know it you have read the entire book, and wishing there was more. As someone in the industry, I particularly loved it for many reasons, but especially because I know various of the books players. For instance, Janet Hoover is really the wine industry's notorious Mary Taylor, who is apparently wreaking havoc on her next industry victim at the moment! "Janet/Mary" will soon have a book devoted to her! 

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About the author (2012)

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.

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