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The Juice: Vinous Veritas
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The Juice: Vinous Veritas [Kindle Edition]

Jay McInerney
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Puritans may object to his style, but McInerney makes no bones about being a hedonist, and his style seems to me perfectly suited to his subject (Simon Griffith, Mail on Sunday)

Jay McInerney has been laying open the modern American elite for nearly three decades in his fiction, beginning with his acclaimed debut Bright Lights, Big City. In similar fashion, he's also done a very effective job of demystifying viticulture ... sparkling yet robust ... Even if you're teetotal, it's intoxicating (Ben Felsenburg, Metro)

Like the character from the film Sideways McInerney deplores what he calls the "ripe, fruity, oaky over-manipulated Frankenwine" that has been typical of so much New World production, and loves the subtle yet earthy charm of pinot noir, above all the sublime reds of Burgundy, which he writes about with knowledge, passion and wit (Lewis Jones, Spectator)

He asks good, obvious questions - "is it possible to taste minerals in fermented grape juice?" ... and answers them unfussily. He skewers biodynamics choosing some of its founder Rudolf Steiner's more out-there pronouncements, and quotes Keats without appearing too affected. He wears his urbanity easily - he describes sliding down a Cornas hillside in Gucci loafers, and casually drops in his friendship with US novelist Bret Eastern Ellis. The impression is of an omnivorous intelligence and a keen wit. I can almost see him shaking cocktails for McLean (Adam Lechmere, Decanter)

Wonderful ... few professional wine writers are also superb writers ... McInerney ... loves wine, and he writes beautifully about it (Tim Crane Times Literary Supplement)


An excellent wine writer. Self-deprecating, charming and funny Sunday Telegraph on A Hedonist in the Cellar It is a pleasure to see the wine world through a novelist's playful eyes, and to feel the infectious joy McInerney finds in great wines, places and personalities from around the world New York Times McInerney brings style and a sense of fun to a subject that can too often feel the preserve of the knowledgeable elite Daily Mail Not the usual run-of-the-mill wine writing Daily Telegraph

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Acclaimed novelist and wine connoisseur Jay McInerney returns to the grapevine in this captivating new book, perfect for buffs and beginners alike

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One of America's best novelists Jay McInerney is also well-known for being a wine connoisseur. Since beginning to drink wine, in emulation of his literary and cultural heroes - which he admits were not only Hemingway and Fitzgerald but also the characters that they gave birth to - the writer's understanding of and fascination with wine has only grown. The Juice gives an insight into a passion and pastime that McInerney believes should be accessible to everyone, from those popping down to the supermarket to those popping down to their wine cellars. Using his trademark flair and expertise, McInerney paints a collage of the almost infinite varieties of wine across the globe, extracting the best and the most affordable from the intimidating selection offered by the modern world. His tour embraces a vast array of countries, moving from such legendary chateaux as Margaux and Latour in France and the revered Friuli and Piedmont regions of Northern Italy to new contenders in the Santa Rita Hills and Paso Robles in the US. Even whilst stretching as far as the vast lands of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, he never abandons the details, exploring the intimate history behind each bottle. With contagious curiosity, McInerney explores the huge world of viticulture, from terroir to biodynamics, and sets out to answer the big questions: whether French should mix with American; why rap stars no longer drink Cristal; why you shouldn't be intimidated by German wine labels; and whether it really is acceptable to drink Pinot Grigio. Far-reaching, deeply knowledgeable and often hilarious, The Juice provides a masterclass in a wide range of grapes and wine styles, as well as the people and places taking such meticulous care over each and every glass. Stretching from the historic past to the often confusing present, McInerney captures the excitement that is felt by millions of people for the expansive world of wine.

About the Author

Jay McInerney writes a wine column for the Wall Street Journal and is a regular contributor to the Guardian, the New York Times Book Review and Corriere della Sera. He has written seven novels, including Bright Lights, Big City, cited by Time as one of the nine generation-defining novels of the twentieth century, two short story collections and two non-fiction books on wine, one of which was the acclaimed A Hedonist in the Cellar. In 2006, he received the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award from the James Beard Foundation. He lives in Manhattan and Bridgehampton, New York.
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