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Hungry for Wine: Seeing the World Through the Lens of a Wine Glass Paperback – September 14, 2015
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"Cathy is a master storyteller, she makes us dream of sipping those wines she presents, of visiting those places, of meeting those people. A book that invites you to reflect, while reading it with one hand. Keep a glass of wine in the other." -Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW
"What an opus! Huyghe gives us a real world with real people, dirt, mold, war, economic dislocation. The unexpected -- a rabbit, octopi, a wine cemetery -- and above all, a people whose hearts have been forged in the furnace of life." -Allegra Jordan, Author of The End of Innocence
"Brilliantly written, Hungry for Wine exceeds my expectations in every chapter. It is sincere, refreshing, and significant. Where other writers have failed, Cathy has succeeded in humanizing wine." -Arlene Oliveros, Certified Sommelier, Founder/CEO of World of Wines (WOW), Canada & Philippines
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This is about a 90 minute read, something of a summer at the beach book for those with particularly short attention spans. Its treatment of the wines and wineries featured in the book does not plumb any depths. Each chapter is a brief essay that reads like a typical blog post, or a collection of tweets, as much of the writing comes at you in single sentence paragraphs strung together in somewhat machine gun fashion. Each chapter/essay is a brief vignette, each with a human interest angle -- Greek winemaking in the midst of an economic crisis, Syrian winemaking in a war-torn country, and so on. The vignettes do not lack for poignancy, but none goes beyond rather superficial observations about the winemakers, the vineyards, the winemaker's methods and the author's travel experiences.
Not all of the information in the book is entirely accurate, either. For example, Ms. Huyghe compares an 'urban winery' in Portland (yes, as in "Portlandia") with what she calls the "Beaune model" - grapes harvested some distance from an urban center and carted to town to be crushed, vinified, stored in tank and barrel, bottled and sold by small storefront winemaking and sales operations. Having spent considerable time in Burgundy over the past two decades, I can tell you with a reasonable degree of certainty that is just plain wrong.Read more ›
I love this line from Chapter 12: "The life a winemaker, in other words, is anything but glamorous." I've come to learn that first hand getting to know the producers in my region. At the heart of it, those making the wine are farmers. With that comes many challenges and it was incredible to see how those play out in difference cultures, from vantage points I never considers. Grazie Mille, Cathy. I look forward to the next installment.
In Hungry for Wine: Seeing the World Through the Lens of a Wine Glass, Cathy Huyghe narrates her journey from wine lover to wine writer in a compelling and human way. The book consists of twelve chapters that focus on wine-related stories from around the globe---people and producers the author has visited and bonded with---and each concludes with a tasting note on a specific wine that relates to that chapter.
There are some powerful stories here. The first one, “How to Live Your Wine Life With No Regrets,” tells the tale of a 93 year-old wine collector in West, Cambridge, Mass., who has amassed a formidable cellar over the years. He shares a problem common to many of us: he has become more focused on collecting than drinking. As he gives the narrator a tour of his underground cellar, it becomes clear that most of the great bottles are past their prime and undrinkable. In the act of obsessively waiting for the perfect moment to drink each bottle, the man has denied himself that pleasure. The tasting note focuses on the 1970 Rauzan-Gassies, one of the wines the collector displays during the visit. Huyghe tracks down two bottles and finds them to be oxidized to the point of vinegar. She barely needs to draw the parallel---in life, as in wine, you’re far better off seizing the moment while you can best enjoy it.
Many of the other tales are just as vivid.Read more ›
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Wonderful journey through the world of wine, and its impact on our society. Must read!Published 2 months ago by AEB
A couple of months ago, a friend picked this book for our inaugural brunch book club read. I meant to soak it up one chapter at a time over a few weekends, but much like a great... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jessica Hunt
Excellent read, good to read about wine from a very interesting point of view, the economics.Published 5 months ago by Mariella Beukers
Travel the world of wine with a oenophile (wine expert, but also a lover of wines) and meet the wine makers in their vineyards and their cellars Discover the meaning of wines... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Robert.A.Hahn
Outstanding read! unlike any other "wine" book I have ever read. This is an adventure in the true sense.Published 6 months ago by World traveler
The premise of the book was facinating to me, but I learned more about the author and her issues, than about the people and vineyards she wrote about.Published 7 months ago by Photo Man
A stunning book with insightful stories that expresses why wine is a very special beverage. Each chapter shares a uniquely beautiful lesson that spans the world. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Cathrine M Todd