Jay McInerney's A Hedonist in the Cellar: Adventures in Wine (Vintage) PDF
By Jay McInerney
In A Hedonist within the Cellar, Jay McInerney gathers greater than 5 years’ worthy of essays and maintains his exploration of what’s new, what’s enduring, and what’s surprising–giving his palate a whole exercise session and the reader an essential, idiosyncratic advisor to an international of just about countless variety. Filled with delights oenophiles all over the place will savour, this can be a assortment pushed not just through wine itself but in addition the folk who make it. An exciting, impossible to resist booklet that's crucial for someone enthralled through the myriad pleasures of wine.
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Bordeaux was my first love, and it remains a kind of touchstone. But increasingly I am drawn to its rival Burgundy, the Turgenev to Bordeaux’s Tolstoy, and when I’m looking for sheer power and exuberance and less finesse, to the Dostoyevskian southern Rhône. If my first collection of columns devoted inordinate space to the cult Cabernets of the Napa Valley (think Hemingway), whose emergence more or less coincided with my own career as a wine writer, it seems to me that Sonoma and Santa Barbara County Pinots (Fitzgerald) are the new cultish reds.
The Argentine landscape is characterized by sweeping, big-sky American vistas, whereas on the Chilean side the vineyards of the Central Valley are bounded on one side by the coastal range and on the other by the Andes, frequently shrouded in mist. The vines arrived with the missionaries who followed the conquistadors and flourished in idyllic isolation, miraculously escaping the worldwide phylloxera blight of the nineteenth century. This viticultural Eden was home to a half dozen huge domestic wineries, like Cousiño Macul and Concha y Toro, which prospered by quenching the local thirst for heavy reds.
My agent said to me later, when I told her the story. ” In that light, I suddenly decided that my scruples were foolish. And on second thought, the wine column seemed like a similar opportunity. A good friend was offering to pay me to indulge one of my obsessions, and to travel to stunning places to taste wine and meet kindred spirits. It seemed like a no-brainer. Still, I was a little nervous about my scanty qualifications. ” If I’d had a role model here it would have been Auberon Waugh, the son of novelist Evelyn Waugh, whom I first met at a lunch for the satirical magazine Private Eye.
A Hedonist in the Cellar: Adventures in Wine (Vintage) by Jay McInerney