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5.0 out of 5 stars A real find, 13 Mar. 2009
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Amy Hughes "Amy" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Is This Bottle Corked? The Secret Life of Wine (Hardcover)
I bought this book for a friend for Christmas whose a wine buff and he was over the moon! I'd never heard of the book before but it went down very well and the men were fighting over it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sipping these Outpourings, 31 Oct. 2008
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An Imbiber (Near Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Is This Bottle Corked? The Secret Life of Wine (Hardcover)
The writers of this 'cabinet of bibelots' have given much thought to their collection of 'diversions' and heroically done their research, drained it to the dregs, I'd hazard a guess. Who says writers have it easy? Not me. I'd happily have offered to do some of their research for them, take the strain, smooth their path, lighten their load...sigh.
The reader can only settle down and sip this vintage blend. It seems intended, as surely its subject is, to be sipped at leisure, with pleasure and in generous measure. Like a tempting banquet it demands a discussion of the best accompaniment to its delights ... an amphora of famous Falernian? a cup of Hippocras? some dazzling comet? maybe a more accessible Californian cabernet? or simply a jug of vin du pays, a loaf of bread ... it's all there.
Being an enthusiast (of the hopeful type rather than than the writers' brand of erudite), I already knew some of the sippets herein enclosed, but it dips and dives into many more: some arcane (bee wine?), some mythical (Antipaxos wine?), some quirky (swizzle sticks anyone?), and all entertaining.
This book should slip easily into a Christmas stocking, as its contents slip easily and pleasurably into the mind, and its subject slips even more easily over the taste receptors and down the throat. Yum!
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