- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: VERTICAL; 01 edition (16 Dec. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935654292
- ISBN-13: 978-1935654292
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 563,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Drops of God Vol. 02 Paperback – 16 Dec 2012
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The central conceit is that the main character has a superb ability to taste and appreciate wine, but no experience drinking or buying it. It is through his eyes that the reader is introduced to various concepts in wine. That the teaching is delivered via a combination of superb art and cheerful humor certainly helps.
This volume focuses on two main stories- a restaurant which must impress a stern critic with it's pairing of wine with each dish, and a competition between French and Italian wines at reasonable prices. This calls for many tastings, discussions of terrior, the villages and grand crus of Burgundy and Bordaux, and a rather amusing discussion of introverted pino noirs. As opposed to the extroverted pinos of California or New Zealand, for example. In context, it all makes sense, and I certainly have found that some wines strike me as cheerful and approachable.
My only critique is that these books have a profound bias towards French wine. Its not that the authors dismiss wines from other regions (in this book the main character says that he is blown away by the quality of an Italian wine) its just that they like French wine better. They have said as much in interviews. Rather wonderfully, they compared California reds to Americans- big, cheerful and just a little too friendly for Japanese people. French wines are a bit more restrained and take more effort go get to know, a more comfortable arrangement for a reserved Japanese person.
I rate these books so highly because I know just enough about wines to know I don't know much at all. These books put into words and images a great deal I have often felt or thought about wine, and inspired me to learn even more. I strongly recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in wine.