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Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World's Best Bargain Wines Hardcover – Oct 25 2011


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada; Canadian First edition (Oct. 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385668481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385668484
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 3.3 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #164,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the Taste Canada Award in Culinary Narrative

“I learned so much from Natalie MacLean's humorous, literate, lively adventures in search of great buys in wine.  Fun to read, her book introduces you to many winemakers who could be in novels, to out of the way places you want to add to your travel list, and, most of all, to an appreciation of vino as integral to the joy of living. I'm restocking my racks with her smart suggestions.”
—Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun
 
“There are very few people in the wine world that I think "get it" and Natalie is one of those people that brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.”
—Gary Vaynerchuck, author of The Thank-You Economy and host of WineLibraryTV
 
“With fully extracted prose that lingers on the palate, Natalie MacLean has wisely headed off the beaten path to get at the essence of wine. As she probes the elusive intersection of quality and value, we are lucky sidekicks on her well-observed journey through the landscapes, people, stories, and—let's just say it—buzzes that make wine so wonderful.”
—Benjamin Wallace, author of the The Billionaire's Vinegar
 
“Natalie pulls us along happily into her wide world of wine -- you are right there with her at table or in an underground cellar.  The conversations are lively and the wine flows.  And when a winemaker pours a glass for her, you might look around wondering, "Where's mine?"   She made me itchy to get on a plane and hit the wine route myself.” 
—Kermit Lynch, author of Adventures Along the Wine Route

About the Author

NATALIE MACLEAN, named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia, has won four James Beard Foundation Journalism awards and six IACP Bert Greene Awards; and is the only person to win 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 115,000 wine lovers and her mobile applications for iPhone and BlackBerry have been downloaded by more than 70,000 smartphone users. An accredited sommelier, she is the author of Red, White and Drunk All Over, recently chosen, out of more than 6,000 entries in 60 countries, as the Best Wine Literature Book in the English language at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

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FOOD & WINE Annual Cookbook 2012

I loved this book. It has been my bedtime reading and I will miss it.

Natalie Maclean can be so irreverent but her love of her subject shines as does her knowledge of wine. She visits wine regions in several wine growing countries and interviews interesting winemakers. As a writer myself, I wish I had done something similar. Australia especially interested because it is closest to my home (New Zealand.) So I know the Aussie wines she discusses, and the winemakers are familiar. Her journey through riesling vineyards of Germany is fascinating as is South Africa and that country's emerging notable ``black'' winemakers. In Canada she tells us pinot noir is the ``heartbreak grape.''

Her chosen winemakers to interview are endlessly fascinating. One had previously worked in special effects for well-known movies. In Italy she takes us to Sicily where vineyards and winemakers live with the threat of a volcano. Was Sicily the birthplace of wine making?

She admits to once spitting out a bad wine, commenting wryly it being regrettable she was in a restaurant. Her descriptions of wine experiences on her palate are creative. She does not include my country's winemakers in her travels but does refer to New Zealand particularly the innovative use of sheep to eliminate the use of lawn mowing amongst the vineyards.

Each section summarizes vineyards visited, best value wines and suggests food matches.Natalie even includes her travelling reading -not necessarily related to wine. Poor quality wine will merely wet your tongue. But best value in wine buying will satisfy your palate and not stress your finances.

Read this book, it will Change your thinking when you unscrew or uncork your next bottle.
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This gem of a book combines travelogue and wine tasting, which has been done before. What gives it an ingenious twist is focusing on those regions of the world that for various market reasons produce quality wines at a bargain price. Each chapter explores a wine-producing area from one of eight different countries spread over four continents. The author, a well-known online wine critic, interviews local vintners after giving some background on each area. The accounts of these interviews, invariably conducted during wine tastings, are one of the most charming aspects of the book. Maclean has a novelist's ear for dialogue and eye for detail, which makes the tastings seem personable and revealing of more than just the quality of the wine. Subtly, her biography and that of the vintners are woven into the experience. Instead of being distracting, this tactic highlights the social element that has always made wine drinking such a basic human pleasure.

At the end of each chapter, there are a variety of lists - ranging from the practical, such as 'best values' from the region, to the somewhat free-association 'reading lists' that represent the author's attempts to capture the essence of a particular locale. Suggested food-wine pairings are also listed and often described in detail in the text. My only criticism, actually backhanded, is that the number of regions was so limited. A sequel seems natural and would be appreciated by non-pretentious wine lovers everywhere! I would particularly enjoy reading the result of a similar survey across the winegrowing regions of Canada.
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A very human story of winemakers and the wine they make.

I do not think I have enjoyed a book on wine more than "Unquenchable". It is like being on a world wine tour from your easy chair at home.

I loved the variety of wines, countries and winemakers that Natalie featured. The people she met, interviewed and dined with were wonderful and their passion for the art of winemaking came through in a very convincing and human way. I loved hearing about the food they ate and look forward to trying some of the recipes.

The number of food items and flora that Natalie and other wine experts use to describe a particular wine never ceases to amaze me.I know when I taste some of the wines she recommends, I will be happy if I can identify even a couple of them.

Finally, thanks for the humour!

What a refreshing and informative book.
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