Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780307948052, 284pp.
Publication Date: April 9, 2013
A generous new collection by the acclaimed novelist who, according to Salon, is also "the best wine writer in America."
For more than a decade, Jay McInerney's vinous essays have been praised by restaurateurs ("educational and delicious at the same time" —Mario Batali), by esteemed critics ("brilliant, witty, comical, and often shamelessly candid and provocative" —Robert Parker), and by the media ("McInerney's wine judgments are sound, his anecdotes witty, and his literary references impeccable" —The New York Times). Here, in pieces originally published in House & Garden and The Wall Street Journal, McInerney provides a master class in the almost infinite varieties of wine and the people and places that produce it, with the trademark style and expertise that prompted the James Beard Foundation to grant him the M.F.K. Fisher Award for Distinguished Writing in 2006.
“It is a pleasure to see the wine world through a novelist’s playful eyes, and to feel the infectious joy he finds in great wines, places and personalities from around the world.”
—Eric Asimov, The New York Times
“As bracing as high-acid Riesling . . . McInerney the novelist, with his eye for detail and smart aleck wit, is never far from the page, [and] he's able to get inside each destination and suss out what makes it interesting.”
—The Washington Post Book World
“[McInerney] provides some of the finest writing on the subject of wine. . . . Brilliant, witty, comical, and often shamelessly provocative.”
—Robert M. Parker, Jr.
“McInerney has become the best wine writer in America.”
“To the fruity, buttery world of wine writing, there’s nothing else like it.”
—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“We’re fortunate that Jay McInerney has chosen to shower his immense gifts on a new source of pleasure: the grape. . . . He’s a wry companion who is clearly at home with and enjoying the subject.”