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Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World's Best Bargain Wines [Paperback]

Natalie MacLean
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Book Description

Oct. 23 2012

Written with the trademark wit and verve that has earned MacLean a devoted international following as well as myriad awards for her wine writing, Unquenchable is much more than a shopping list for the thrifty tippler. Packed with colourful stories about the obsessive characters who inhabit the world of wine, the book takes readers on a whirlwind journey to the mountainside vineyards of Germany, the baked red earth of Australia, and the shady verandahs of Niagara--as well as to gorgeous, 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. Inevitably, she discovers some truly awful wines along the way, but that just gives her an opportunity to provide readers with practical advice about wine faults to be wary of, as well as insights into the shortcuts some producers take.

Unquenchable is a book both wine novices and experts will love.

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Praise for Unquenchable
"A book that is part armchair travel, part memoir and part wine class--without ever being overtly instructional."
—Calgary Herald

"MacLean's new book brings valuable information stripped away of the pretense and/or technical minutiae of more encyclopedic wine-related volumes. Instead of dry, data-heavy writing, MacLean infuses the book with luscious prose."
—Ottawa Citizen

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. An accredited sommelier, she is the author of Red, White and Drunk All Over.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing but the best... Jan. 14 2013
Anyone who has travelled has a favourite guide; one they remember forever and for all the right reasons. After (and probably before) reading Unquenchable, my favourite wine guide is Natalie MacLean. Her adventurous quest became a joyous, engaging page-turner—one that is now a close-at-hand, dog-eared reference manual/buying guide and tribute to her dazzling knowledge, impressive research, and sparkling style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Irreverend but informative July 28 2012
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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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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