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More a journey from ground to vine to grape to bottle to wine writer to retailer to glass to mouth...,
This review is from: Red, White and Drunk All Over: A Wine-soaked Journey from Grape to Glass (Hardcover)
This book provides a more holistic view of wine - it's not about tasting and ranking, it's about drinking - the effect as much as the taste.
Red, White & Drunk All Over is - as the subtitle suggests - a journey from grape to glass, or more accurately, a journey from ground to vine to grape to bottle to wine writer to retailer to glass to mouth...
The big success of the book is that it gets a great deal of information over (some of it quite technical) without the reader ever feeling lectured to - or worse still, 'written at', something I feel sometimes with other wine writers.
As a former tech marketer, MacLean knows that keeping the audience's attention while trying to educate them in a technical subject requires a special kind of writing. So what we get is a book full of entertaining and amusing anecdote and a great deal of self-depreciating humour.
In the earlier parts of the book, the winemakers themselves can be relied upon to provide entertainment - some of them are eccentric others downright bonkers. Later in the book, MacLean has to provide the entertainment herself - by becoming a wine retailer for the day or a sommalier for the evening.
This role-playing is a great conceit - it allows the author to impart a lot of information about wine in the context in which we usually encounter it (in a shop or with food) and without patronising us. And this is the difference between 'them and us' when it comes to wine writers - at several points in the book, there is an admission that wine critics taste wine at tastings - the rest of us with dinner or sat on the patio on a Saturday evening. This book is different.
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