Bacchus and Me: Adventures in the Wine Cellar

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Vintage Books, 2002 - Cooking - 278 pages
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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
 

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User Review  - RussellBittner - LibraryThing

I must confess that I picked this book up only because I recognized the author’s name and knew that I was long overdue to read something of Jay McInerney’s. He’s a local boy – and one who enjoys a ... Read full review

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Absolutely delightful collection of essays about wine. Made me wish I drank! Read full review

Contents

Rosé
3
Riesling Reconsidered II
11
Grüner Veltliner Loves Vegetables
19
Chahlis
27
South African Whites
39
Beautiful Bubbleheads
45
Schramsberg Dont Make Me Crazy
60
The Discreet Charms of Volnay
71
Vini Dolci
159
The Biggest Critic in the World
165
Mondavi on Mondavi
171
The Baron of Barbaresco
181
Attitude? Non on Sommelier JeanLuc Le Dú
190
Colombo and the Mystery of the Missing Socks
199
Apropos the Aperitif
205
How to Start Your Own Napa Valley Winery
213

Cult Cabernets
79
Oregon Pinot Noir
87
Who You Calling Petite? Petite Sirah
95
Big Red Monster from
103
Lafite and Mouton III
115
SaintÉmilion Gets Sexy
127
Sauternes
151
What to Drink with Cheese
222
Millennium
238
Worlds Most Romantic Wines
245
Glossary of Selected Terms 25
252
Selected Bibliography
261
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About the author (2002)

Jay McInerney lives in Tennessee and New York.

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