Did you ever want to take a trip to wine country with an expert who could not only give you background on what you were tasting and how it was made, but is also loads of fun and not afraid to tip back a few glasses of wine with you? Well, Natalie MacLean isn’t giving any tours, but in her book, Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines, you get to see many of the world’s great wine region’s through her thoroughly mischievous eyes.
Unquenchable is the follow-up to Red, White and Drunk All Over, which chronicled her jaunts to some of the more prestigious addresses in Burgundy and Champagne. This time MacLean helps readers discover places, like Portugal, Argentina, South Africa and her home country of Canada, which may be a little off the beaten track, but make world-class wines at prices we all can afford. Picking up where she left off in Red, White and Drunk All Over, MacLean recalls her often comical wine country travels. In this book, she also gives a concise listing of wines to seek out, travel tips, suggested food pairings (for the cheapskate and the gourmand) and suggested readings (some wine related and some not even remotely wine related).
If you do consider going to any of the seven regions covered in MacLean’s book, you would be foolish to leave home without her. In the meantime, you can keep track of MacLean in real-time in her popular e-newsletter. You can sign up for it at www.nataliemaclean.com.
You can read more reviews of my new wine book Unquenchable here.