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The Grapes of Ralph: Wine According to Ralph Steadman [Hardcover]

Ralph Steadman
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Oct. 24 1996
Artist and raconteur Steadman takes us on a witty, irreverent tour through the strange world of wine and winemaking-from France, Italy, Germany, and Portugal to Bulgaria, Australia, and California. “The first exciting wine book in a long time” (Frank Prial, New York Times). Illustrated throughout in full color.

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Award-winning illustrator Steadman high-jumps onto the current bandwagon of books about wine. Animating Steadman's ebullient, bristling, irreverent prose are kinetic, gracefully sensuous, and utterly inimitable images that pulsate with enthusiasm for his chosen subject. This visual feast is appropriate accompaniment to Steadman's text, which keenly enables the reader to vicariously experience wineries from Bordeaux to Oporto and on to Napa Valley (imbibing at least in spirit along with the author). Anyone with a soupcon of joie de vivre will be besotted with Steadman's first-class style as raconteur, wine expert, and travel writer. Fine printing and production increase the book's appeal. Alice Joyce

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For the oenophile with a sense of humor: In The Grapes Of Ralph ($35.00; Oct. 1996; 224 pages; ISBN 0-15-100245-2) the wicked cartoonist and illustrator offers a tour of the wine countries of the world and their leading denizens. Accompanying the narrative is Steadman's warped, witty art: Top-hatted Frenchmen inserting their sniffers into wineglasses; German grapes exploding in a heatwave--a perfect subject for Steadman's blotchy inkblot style; and in Australia, a portrait of of a woman known as Long Flat Red, who dyed her wardrobe in her husband's vintage of 1894. Effervescent and not too dry. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Ralph, wine & pen Dec 2 2001
By "hr2go"
Format:Hardcover
Ralph Steadman is a wonderful artistic talent. In this book he combines his love of wine, humor, and his comedic illustrations. If you are a true wine lover (i.e. someone who just doesn't take the whole wine tasting thing too seriously, but knows what she or he likes) you will thoroughly enjoy this book. It is also a wonderful gift for wine-lovin' friends.
Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming travel journal about wine March 12 2009
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Length: 0:27 Mins
This is essentially a travel journal, and it's a very good one.

We join Ralph Steadman on his journey around the world to different countries, looking for wine. He walks on the dirt track leading to vineyards, watches grape being crushed and savors them in a glass. The writeup is excellent and detailed, looking into the life of people in the business of making wine.

The wonderful illustrations are a bonus, and complementary. It makes the reading so much more enjoyable.

Highly recommended to people who likes reading travel journals or loves wine.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ralph, wine & pen Dec 2 2001
By "hr2go" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Ralph Steadman is a wonderful artistic talent. In this book he combines his love of wine, humor, and his comedic illustrations. If you are a true wine lover (i.e. someone who just doesn't take the whole wine tasting thing too seriously, but knows what she or he likes) you will thoroughly enjoy this book. It is also a wonderful gift for wine-lovin' friends.
Enjoy!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming travel journal about wine March 12 2009
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is essentially a travel journal, and it's a very good one.

We join Ralph Steadman on his journey around the world to different countries, looking for wine. He walks on the dirt track leading to vineyards, watches grape being crushed and savors them in a glass. The writeup is excellent and detailed, looking into the life of people in the business of making wine.

The wonderful illustrations are a bonus, and complementary. It makes the reading so much more enjoyable.

Highly recommended to people who likes reading travel journals or loves wine.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trampling Out the Vintage April 23 2007
By Lynn Hoffman, author:Radiation Days: A Comedy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Ralph Steadman is a very wicked person. Has no respect

for nothing, this guy. Anybody who could do drawings

for Hunter Thompson couldn't possibly get serious

enough to do justice to wine, could he?

The Grapes of Ralph is a semi-serious, very funny

look at the world of wine by a guy with a truly enviable

talent for illustration. His drawings range from wistful

to wildly exaggerated. The text, which is sometimes as

funny as the drawings contains a good bit of information

along with the humor. I bought two copies, one for

the bookshelf and one to cut up and frame in the

winecellar.

--Lynn Hoffman, author of THE NEW SHORT COURSE IN WINE and

the novel bang BANG. ISBN 9781601640005
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected Jan. 8 2013
By Lana P. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A fascinating book, and a great gift for the guy who appreciates Steadman and wine.
I included a wire book stand to display book opened to favorite pages...too cool to stay closed
on a shelf!
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular! June 19 2011
By mjcoll - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I work in the wine industry since 2000 and i just found this book great, very creative, very expressive and very inspiring! Ralph Steadman is an excellent artist, his drawings in this story (and the story itself) are marvelous! Very recommended!
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