Bacchus and Me

Bacchus and Me : Adventures in the Wine Celler

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With acerbic wit, irreverent tone, and bountiful hilarious anecdotes, Jay McInerney writes the first wine book that makes sense to all those dazed by the prevailing, dull technical wine writing. McInerney generously reveals all he's learned on his worldwide journey to understand wine in chapters on reds, whites, dessert wines, champagne, aperitifs, and more. McInerney holds forth in forty-nine essays - with agile humour; an astonishing amount of hard fact, and an ample dose of personal taste - on: how to make your way around a German wine label; what to drink with Thanksgiving turkey; the truth about Zinfandels; why Burgundy is so hard to predict; Napa Valley's finest winemakers; the pleasure of flinty Chablis, the deep satisfaction of port, the glorious potential of Oregon's Pinot Noir; the respectability of RosT; and the most colourful characters in the business. It is actually possible for a reader of "Bacchus and Me" to take what is learned to the bank, and immediately thereafter to wine shop or restaurant to indulge in the wine of his or her fantasy with the confidence of a sommelier. "Bacchus and Me" is for everyone interested in learning more about the wines of the world.
For both those of broad means and of modest purse, there is intense vicarious pleasure to be found in McInerney's vinous adventures. This is a humorous and informative guide to wines. It is now available from stock in the UK.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 283 pages
  • 142.2 x 210.8 x 27.9mm | 453.6g
  • The Lyons Press
  • Guilford, United States
  • English
  • First ed.
  • 1585741868
  • 9781585741861

About Jay McInerney

Jay McInerney is the author of Bright Lights, Big City, Ransom, Story of My Life, Brightness Falls, The Last of the Savages, and Model Behavior. He is a contributing writer for House & Garden and The New Yorker, and lives near Nashville, Tennessee.
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"Quotes from Bacchus & Me: "Not since Baudelaire smoked opium has corruption resulted in such beauty." (on the fungus responsible for the heavenly flavor of Sauternes) "If you've been recently fired from Time Warner with an obscene severance package, this is the wine for you." (on '88 Veuve Clicquot la Grande Dame Rose) "Cabernet sauvignon was Lennon to merlot's McCarrney; cab provided the guts, merlot brought a bit of lyrical finessc." (describing the traditional use of merlot grapes in cabernet sauvignon)"
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