The bookshelf is heavy this year. Here are some gifts for your imbibing associates, each to be enjoyed with a good drink at hand. Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean is a personal, engaging trip around the world looking for bargains. It includes top values and some suggestions for menus and pairings. You can read more reviews of my new wine book Unquenchable here.
This may come as something of a shock, but we don’t spend all of our time visiting wineries, collecting wines and swilling them in lonely, dark corners of our palatial McMinnville mansion. We occasionally read about wine, too, and this season brought two new wine books — Unquenchable, by Natalie MacLean, and Naked Wine, by Alice Feiring — across our desk. Both are second books by women who carved out their own unique wine beats in their first, critically received efforts: MacLean as a kind of straight-talking wine everywoman who extols the virtues of bargain wines; and Feiring as a […]
More than one million wineries currently operate worldwide. Each produces at least three different wines, and plenty of them stomp out 20 or more. That’s a lot of potential hangovers. But if you sip responsibly you can enjoy the taste, the history, and the geography of the grape without any concurrent headaches. And if you have champagne tastes but a Boones Farm budget? Buy the fruit of the vine online. A discount comes in handy at this time of year, given the expenses associated with the holidays. In the next couple of weeks you might be: •Having people over for […]
Stute Kitchen Recipe adventures of a few fun & food loving foxes Though CK and I throw back our share of the red wines in this world (and have a damned good time doing it too! Not to mention the actual “wine-throwing” incident…), we’ve both always not-so-secretly wished that we knew more about the wines we were buying and drinking. We both love to learn, and wanted to understand what makes a wine tick, and how to get the most out of any delicious experience (and maybe more importantly, how to turn wines that make us screw up our faces […]
Random House of Canada is experimenting with a different kind of book tour this fall–one that guarantees book sales from every person attending a launch. Working with strategic marketing partners such as Fairmont Hotels and Air Miles, the company is creating ticketed events that include a copy of the book in the price. It’s a different kind of business model, says Tracey Turriff, senior vice-president, director of marketing and communications. “There are some situations with bookstore events where even if you have a great crowd, you don’t necessarily always sell a lot of books at those events.” Granted, it may […]
I’m not just a pushover for wine books. Of the hundreds I’ve bought over the years, I’d like to say each one was judiciously and carefully selected, purchased only if it were of high quality and useful information. Of course, that’s not the case; my shelf is filled with trifling wine books, some pretty, some not; the point is that there are a lot of books out there and, as one would expect, some are better than others. Natalie MacLean’s just published Unquenchable goes right to the top of my list, just above her earlier book, Red, White and Drunk […]
Joy Farrell-Grove I was initially skeptical I would be engrossed in Natalie MacLean’s latest book, Unquenchable; most of my non-fiction reading is devoted to hefty school readings. The premise of a wine book did not immediately pique my interest, this in spite of my own affinity for a glass. It was, however, Natalie’s writing style that drew me in completely. Her writing is succinct in that you feel as though the book is whipping by and as it does, she fills your head with heady visions of lush wineries and eccentric characters. The style of writing is interesting. For much […]
Weekend Inspiration: Good Wine on the Cheap This week I settled down with a cheap glass of Riesling to read Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines. Almost immediately I learned that in 1775, Thomas Jefferson declared Riesling the “best breakfast wine.” Looks like I’m off to a great start. Unquenchable is written by Natalie MacLean, the wine writer I noted in an earlier post about conquering a niche. (Quick summary: She was strolling through a grocery store in a postpartum sleep-deprived haze when she noticed a food magazine that lacked good wine content. The extent of […]
New Release: “Unquenchable” by Natalie MacLean If you know me personally, you probably know that I am a BIG wine fan. I’m not quite a connoisseur but I know enough to understand my father when he begins the wine talk as he decants and I can follow along when visiting a vineyard or wine bar. I’d love to learn more though–and with my friend Natalie MacLean’s new book, Unquenchable, releasing today I now have a great opportunity. Whee! Natalie has traveled the world researching, tasting, and exploring some of the best bargain wines. She’s taken those experiences and blended them […]
Lots of tips here for bargain wine shoppers, including searching for ladder brands, those that start at $14 and go up to more than $100. Often they offer extreme value at their entry price points, as does Penfolds Cabernet and Shiraz labels. Click on the arrow below to play the interview. You can watch and listen to more interviews about buying wine.