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Drops of God, Volume '01: Les Gouttes de Dieu Paperback – October 18, 2011
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“Absolute page-turner… It’s the sweeping two-page illustrations of taste-transporting moments (a shirt-tearing jam by rock band Queen, a maiden fleeing through strawberry fields) that better capture wine’s great allure than a thousand dry scribblings on history and weather conditions.” —Time Out New York
“An almost psychedelically beautiful work… It’s like Speed Racer crossed with Wine Spectator.” —The Daily Dish (LA Times)
“Visually stunning and effortlessly entertaining… To top it off, reading Drops is a trippy literary experience… Don’t be surprised if you crush this book in one night. It’s pretty impossible to put down once you pick it up.” —Bottlenotes (The Daily Sip)
“I have already ordered the second volume (out in December) and I guess that in terms of reviews that is a definitive statement.” —Wine Psych
“Presents some complex wine topics in an easy to understand manner, without talking down to the consumer… I urge all wine lovers to take a look, with an open mind, at The Drops of God. Give it a chance and you might be surprised at how much you enjoy it.”
—The Passionate Foodie
“Penchants for French wines drive the selection of vinos described with dramatic, often fanatical detail.” —Wine Enthusiast
About the Author
Yuko and Shin Kibayashi are also well regarded wine enthusists who were also voted one of Decanter magazine's 50 most influencial people in the wine industry in 2009. They have been featured in interviews with the New York Times, CNN, and Wine Aficionado regarding global wine trends.
Shu Okimoto is a veteran comic illustrator and book jacket designer.
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Top Customer Reviews
The moment I flipped onto the first page of this omnibus, I was captured by the artwork of the manga. Deeply enamored by Shu Okimoto's ability to capture wine's essence, especially in panels where Kanzaki is drawn decanting the wine and his first taste of wine. Yet, his artwork truly shine in spectacular double-page spreads of the character's image of the wine's taste either surrounded by a field of flowers, fruits, or Queen performing their amazing music!
This manga, will awaken your inner Sommelière. But I'll be frank, this title won't be to everybody's liking but it is still a series I would recommend to reader that just want something new in manga, especially if they are tired of battle manga, hahaha.
It also great way to pave a path for those that would like to taste great wine products but don't know where to start. Though the story follows the formula of igniting the engines with the death of the main character's father and the introduction of a rival, Tadashi Agi, does a great job executing it.
Anyways, I should stop talking, I think I spoiled enough. Now GOT BUY A COPY OF "THE DROPS OF GOD"!!!! IT WILL LEAVE YOU THIRSTY FOR MORE!!!!
So the story basically follows along with the main character struggling to overcome his aversion to wine in order to claim his inheritance. His father left instructions in his will that either his son or his adopted son (the jerky snob) would inherit his cellar valued at 2 billion yen (about 25 million US dollars). He left instructions for his attorney to arrange a series of blind tastings of 12 wines (the apostles) and a final wine: The Drops of God (aka the God Wine). In a year the two potential inheritors must correctly identify these wines, the winner inheriting the estate.
Now it is nearly impossible for people to do what these two can, but that's part of the fun. I doubt that even the best wine tasters in the world could be sat at a table and served wines blindly and guess the vintage, producer, and type of wine exactly. Usually you kind of ballpark the region, possibly narrowing it down to several estates, then try and get close to the vintage.Read more ›
The Drops of God is a love letter to the culture of wine production and drinking. Shizuku and apprentice sommelier Miyabi Shinohara make excellent point of view characters, both with more experience (despite himself in Shizuku's case) than an average person but without the right context so that the reader can follow along as they learn. The contest provides a great framework for the story, and the author fills it with colorful and interesting secondary characters for Shizuku and Miyabi to help or clash with. This first "double" volume is over 400 pages long and provides a nice sense of progression while making you realize the journey has barely begun.
The art is amazing, particularly the scenes that picture character's descriptions of the wine they're enjoying.
If you have no interest in wine you may find this less engaging, but the story stands well regardless and is written to be accessible. I have very little knowledge of wine but quite a bit of interest in it, so this manga blew me away.
Obviously well researched and lovingly written, The Drops of God uses a strong story to present the intriguing details of wine and has all the markings of a classic in the making.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is high comedy, education and action all in one. The over the top descriptions of the wine I find very amusing, "it like woman with her back to you... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Eric G
Wine information spot on. It makes me think of Gary V of the old WLTV. The only drawback is the right to left reading style for the kindle version.Published 9 months ago by T. Reasoner
The whole drops of god series is amazing. It drops a lot of really good wine knowledge, is extremely entertaining, and a very easy read. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bob from Michigan
Story is very interesting and embed wine knowledge in the story. Enjoyed it a lot. The drawing is nice too. Highly recommend the book to wine loversPublished 15 months ago by Rainfly
Unusual format for a great study of wine, wine tasting, and wines themselves. Quite entertaining and informative at the same time.Published 23 months ago by James L. Graham
it was entertaining. and then i learnt something as well. the analysis is over the top like in yakitate japan or initial d
the analysis is also still realistic. Read more
A must read for anyone who likes great storytelling and wine! I am absolutely hooked on Shizuku 's adventures !Published on September 29, 2013 by Carola Leon
Beautiful. Excellent draw, a very nice story. I am not a big fun of comic books, though this one is excellent.Published on August 30, 2013 by Lukasz Zielinski