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  • Flexibound: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Welcome Books (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599621169
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599621166
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,130,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book exhibits an easy-going style of writing that gets down to the core of why these select individuals are involved with wine. His sense of story is sure to appeal to wine enthusiasts as well as those interested in the wines simply due to the fame of their financiers. Wise organized this book in a way that would make it perfectly suitable for those who want to read one section at a time or just place it on the coffee table for guests to peruse. All in all, I found the stories both appealing and well written. Wise brings these iconic figures down to earth with their relate-able passion for one of the world’s most amazing and diverse beverages." – The Wine Economist, May 7, 2013

About the Author

NICK WISE was born in New York City but lives in London, England. He became fascinated with wine at a young age and, after graduating with a BFA from Tufts University, he returned to the UK and the wine world where he was awarded the High Certificate in wine studies. He has worked in the Fine Wine departments of various leading English wine merchants, selling mostly to private clients. In 2004 he founded casevalue.com, a successful corporate champagne company that was sold last year. Wise has written six books on popular music--his other passion--including biographies of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. He now travels to wine regions, consults and writes full-time about his first love--wine.

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Author, wine-lover, raconteur, dog-lover and rock'n'roller. I was born in New York City, USA before my family decided to relocate to UK when I was two. I attended boarding school as many other English kids did and occassionally would manage to sneak a sip of wine from the local pub, junior common room or indeed Sunday Church sermons when brave enough.
The highlife of school was always the seldom weekends when we were allowed home. My Father had always held a passion for fine French wine and on occasion would hand me two glasses each containing a thimble of wine and would ask of me not of which of the two wines I preferred, but rather the difference of taste and nuances between each of the scrawny drops.
At this time of my life music, especially punk rock had been the everything to me- I knew every band, every song, every member, dates of recordings, obscure past tour dates and collected, played and saw as much about rock'n'roll as I could possibly ingest. Ask me the second venue the Sex Pistols had played at or the release date of the Dead Boys second album and I was right there. My brain had somehow figured out a way to store or compartmentalise minute, mostly useless facts. By the time I was eighteen and had really caught the 'wine bug' and I soon figured out that I could transfer this minor talent towards my developing love of wine. Chateaux, vintages, regions, winemakers and above all the recall of taste started to share a place next to name of Black Flag's second vocalist. Soon I had developed a pretty good palate- or at the least I had begun to understand what wines I liked and why Eventually I was starting to discern between the flavours of the multitude of grape varietals the world had to offer. But alas my passion had to be restrained after I returned to school in the United States (the legal drinking age being 21).
I was also a keen oil painter and was accepted to The School Of The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston before attending Tufts University to complete my degree in Art. After waving farewell to Boston eight years later I returned to London and began writing books on rock'n'roll bands that I loved- Nirvana, Courtney Love, Suede, The Manic Street Preachers to name a few, but the Ol 'wine bug' never left me and soon I began studies at the WSET or better known as the Wine and Spirit Education Trust which is the organisation or school responsible behind the highly lauded Master Of Wine program. I also then officially joined 'the wine trade' working for well known companies such as John Armit, Fuller, Smith and Turner and various others- buying, selling, tasting or promoting.
I decided after 10 years it was time to start my own company named Casevalue.com selling wine and Champagne to corporate clients. My main pleasure and interest within the company quickly became focused on the visiting and subsequent learning about the various wine regions spread across the World when I would promote the company and the wines we carried to our clients. Soon I began noticing an emerging trend of well known personalities that had joined the wine-world as a second profession and some taking this complicated craft very seriously and making great, even World -class wines. What was the reasoning behind their choice to became involved with creating as mentioned such a a complicated and risky product? This was the reasoning behind the creation of the new book 'Celebrity Winemakers'
This is the first in a series of five and is only the beginning -as currently there has been a huge explosion in this field with many every month seeming to be joining the ranks. I only wanted to include those personalities who actually were in someway really involved with the winemaking process and not just keen to slap a label with there name on the bottle. I also didn't want the book to be full of scores and technical data-I just wanted to relay a fun journey that everyone could enjoy, learn a little about wine and get to know some of the well- known faces behind the juice being produced. I hope you enjoy the book. I currently live in London, with my beautiful Polish girlfriend Aneta and my pride and joy Lily- a very cool two year old Parson Jack Russell dog

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One can feel the joy the writers had for presenting their subject and their expertise is overwhelming.
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The result is a unique invitation into a rich and complex world, through an entertaining filter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SKang on April 16, 2013
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I originally purchased this book as a gift for a friend but couldn't help reading a few chapters. The stories in this book are entertaining and give a lot of background to both the celebrities and their vineyards. To my surprise, the best parts of the book are the rich tasting notes that Wise includes to describe two wines from each vineyard. The notes are so detailed and make you feel as if you are drinking the wines right there. In fact, I was so tempted by these notes, that I had a group of friends join me for a tasting of four of the wines and we used Wise's tasting notes as reference during our get together. Overall great book and the cover is fetching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By East-West Psychologist on April 27, 2013
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A real delight! I learned about wine making and drinking, terrior, and personalities around the world. Great stories, super pictures...so much to envy in one book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BobMar on April 27, 2013
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thought this book was very enjoyable. nick has a great way of bringing you into the car on their adventures. as i was reading linda and his journeys all i could think of was that i wish i was along for the ride. and experiencing the vineyards. very easy read. look forward to books 2 and 3.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex on April 26, 2013
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An insightful, compelling and funny walk through the celebrity vines of our world. A great read and most importantly very helpful. I'm looking forward to round 2!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Betsy on April 19, 2013
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For the first time I'm reading a book about wine that is unpretentious and written for us everyday folk. Nick clearly knows what he's talking about when it comes to wine and yet I don't feel like I'm being lectured--honestly, this book feels like you're just along for the ride. Nick's descriptions of the people he meets during his travels are as hilarious as his tasting notes are informative. Love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MBordeauX on April 28, 2013
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The perfect gift for a dinner party. I brought one as a gift for friends hosting a wine tasting and it was a true hit! We frolicked through a few adventures and we soon became the envy.... everyone wanted a copy...so stock up and don't miss the sexy centerfold!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Curly on April 27, 2013
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Loved the stories and the wine info. A wonderful look at the world of wine and the people who are passionate about making it. Highly recommend.
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