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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books USA; Reprint edition (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037571362X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375713620
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 20.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 991,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Never have I felt quite so worldly as I did on my very first real date, when, after considered perusal of the wine list, I masterfully commanded the waiter at the Log Cabin restaurant in Lenox, Massachusetts, to fetch me a bottle of Mateus Rose. Read the first page
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Prada and nothing but trash....... 21 Sept. 2005
By E. Mena - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As an employee in the wine business, and an everyday drinker, I personally know that I cannot afford purchasing 2nd or 3rd growths on a regular basis, never mind 1st growths and '55 and '28 vintage Chateau d' Yquem. This book, although some chapters were very entertaining, was nothing but a name dropping debacle. Rather than focusing on the everyday enjoyment of wine, the book strived more towards depicting the great parties Jay McInerney has attended and all snobbishness that comes with it, i.e.; a rich man turning down Cristal champagne because it was not Krug, McInerney's fear of getting wine stains on his prada clothes, and the infamous Millenium Party where he and other famous wine and food representatives had the pleasure of trying everything under the banner of luxury. I personally do not know Jancis Robinson or Sommelier Jean-Luc Le Du, and likewise I know at last 30 people who do not know them either; hence, speaking about their parties on almost every chapter (and this is not a long book, 250 pages) does not help me choose an everyday wine. Although I can imagine what an experience it must be to taste such wines, I do not need some name-dropping writer telling me that I can only enjoy wine by taking out my credit card and purchasing Petrus at $5,000 a bottle. I know I can have just as much fun, on an average day, with my girlfriend and a $20 bottle of Guigal's Crozes Hermitage.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
interesting and informative romp through some great wines 13 Dec. 2000
By M. H. Bayliss - Published on
Format: Hardcover
After reading the criticisms detailed above in the official review, I have to say that I recognize some of those flaws (especially the repititions), but I don't think they take away from the fun quality of this book. At times, I felt kind of a Dave Barry meets Robert Parker quality of writing. Here's an example regarding correct pairings of reds/whites with food: "If someone else is buying Chateau Petrus or Chateau d'Yquem, by all means drink as much of it as you can, no matter what hell you're eating. Give the food to the dog."
For a good overview of just about every major grape and region, this book may be more helpful to a beginner than a more detailed Parker book which might give more than you need to know. I appreciate McInenery's taste for good wine and his lighthearted columns on his experiences. Every once in a while I'd have a jealousy attack (not all of us can quaff a Petrus or Yquem on a weekly basis), but at least I can afford to read about it. This is a great introduction to wine tasting with none of the technical stuff that should get in the way. I'll conclude with another one of my favorites "rants," this one on Robert Parker, "The self-proclaimed American Wine Advocate, who at the start of his career couldn't even speak the language, was recently awarded the Legion d'Honneur for telling the Frogs that a lot of their venerable Bordeaux and Burgundy isn't as great as it should be and some of it positively sucks." Nice to keep a sense of humor while discussing these wine topics.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
One trick pony 30 April 2003
By Eric J. Lyman - Published on
Format: Paperback
Jay McInerney was one of the voices of the 1980s, the era known for its conspicuous consumption, self-absorption and decadence. With this book, he seems intent on singing the same song years after the curtain was drawn.
Ostensibly, this is a book about wines -- one of my passions -- and for the first few dozen pages it appears to be just that. There are some interesting and unusual observations about wine on the pages of Bacchus & Me, and Mr. McInerney deserves credit (hence the three stars) for breaking many of the crusty and useless conventions that limit most wine literature.
But the more one reads the book, the more one realizes that the chapters are less about wine than about Mr. McInerney himself. He reveals himself as a shameless name dropper, and someone most interested in repeating a half dozen humorous and entertaining observations in a variety of contexts while boasting about his fat expense account and privileged access to bottles of wine that most of us will never even see.
The problem is not that these lines are uninteresting or irrelevant -- as an occasional aside they would add to the intriguing take on one of the world's most written-about subjects. But in the frequency in which they appear here they can leave a throbbing in the head like an old bottle of jug wine does, when what we really wanted was one of those fine bottles of Bordeaux Mr. McInerney seems to be in love with.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable and Unhelpful 2 Nov. 2002
By schapmock - Published on
Format: Paperback
Would it have been so much trouble to subject McInerney's collection of wine columns to some minor editorial work before publishing them as a book? There's much to like about the individual pieces here, but reading them sequentially becomes kind of annoying.
First off, the repetition is ridiculous. Helen Turley, "the wine goddess," should pay or possibly sue McInerney for mentioning her every third paragraph, and even some jokes get recycled. More frustrating is the lack of context: as this book is squarely pitched to the uneducated wine enthusiast, a little contextualizing would go a long way to making the columns actually useful(as would the occasional sop to those of us not regularly spending over $100 a bottle). And eventually we tire of hearing about the fabulous literary/oenophile dinner parties to which Jay is constantly invited.
All that said, the columns are funny and opinionated, and give a nice overview of a wide range of grapes and manufacturers. I'm sure reading one a month would be perfectly satisfying. It's just a shame the publisher was so lazy in assembling this package.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An original and entirely different wine guide... 14 Jun. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
McInerney does not try to pretend to be writing a Wine Encyclopoedia. What he does deliver, in many respects, is far superior. His approach is wonderfully effective (and to toip things off, witty and entertaining) when it comes to translating the whole sensory and intellectual experience into a liverly written format. He goes way beyond the mere dry, descriptive and factual approach of the usual wine guides, and allows the reader to truly immerse himself in the experience. And have fun, and also learn stuff.
Thoroughly entertaining.
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