November 14th, 2012 11:20 EST
UNQUENCHABLE: A Tipsy Quest for the World`s Best Bargain Wines
"The bottom line: Buy it, savour it, use it." "The Globe and Mail
From the author of the bestselling Red, White and Drunk All Over, comes, Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World`s Best Bargain Wines that will amuse and enthrall with its character sketches of obsessive personalities, travel to gorgeous vineyards, mouth-watering descriptions of food and wine, "hidden" wine education and neurotic humor.
Packed with colorful stories about the passionate personalities who inhabit the world of wine, award-winning wine writer Natalie MacLean whisks you to the mountainside vineyards of Germany, the baked red earth of Australia, and the shady verandahs of Niagara--as well as to scenic, offbeat locations in southern Italy, the Mediterranean, Argentina, Chile and South Africa--all in search of the best value bottles the world has to offer.
Of her journey, Natalie MacLean says, I`ve spent the past several years traipsing around the world, visiting wineries, tasting their offerings, and searching for the world`s best inexpensive wines. The narrative is as familiar as Arthur`s quest for the grail and as naÃ¯ve as the little bird`s plaintive search for the affirmative in Are You My Mother? "
Standing firmly against wine snobbery and using her signature conversational style, MacLean insists that good wine doesn`t have to be expensive. There`s plenty to take away from her inspired recommendations from food pairings to lists of favorite value wines and wineries, plus plenty of pointers that will deepen your own drinking pleasure.
Natalie MacLean, named the World`s Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia, is the only person to have won both the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award from the James Beard Foundation and the M.F.K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing from Les Dames d`Escoffier International. Her regular wine columns in print reach 5.1 million readers, her free wine e-newsletter is read by more than 145,000 wine lovers and her mobile applications for iPhone and BlackBerry have been downloaded by more than 160,000 smartphone users. An accredited sommelier, she is the author of Red, White and Drunk All Over, chosen as the Best Wine Literature Book in the English language at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
Watch a short, tongue-in-cheek video with Natalie`s wine and book pairings:
Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World`s Best Bargain Wines
by Natalie MacLean
Trade Paperback / 384 pp / Penguin USA / $15.99 / 978-0399537806
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