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"Cathy Huyghe's book is most certainly not a how-to-become-a-wine-connoisseur-in-X-number-of-days, but rather an exploration of what a life that is passionate about wine looks like, feels like and sounds like." -Randall Grahm, Winemaker and Owner, Bonny Doon Vineyard

"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

About the Author

Cathy Huyghe is a wine columnist at Forbes.com and Food52. Her work has also been featured in Decanter, The Atlantic, the BBC, The Boston Globe, Worth magazine, and WGBH-TV. She holds Master’s degrees from the Graduate School of Design and the Journalism program at Harvard University, where she founded an organization called Harvard Alumni in Wine and Food. Cathy has worked in the kitchens of some of the world’s finest chefs, including Thomas Keller, Alice Waters, and Jean-Pierre Vigato. Find her online at cathyhuyghe.com. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, their twin boys, and their Bernese Mountain Dog.
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Product Details

  • Series: Hungry for Wine
  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Provisions Press; 1 edition (September 14, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1944159207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1944159207
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Chambolle VINE VOICE on January 8, 2016
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Reading the early reviews of this book here on amazon, I fully expected it to offer up a life changing, game changing experience. It does not. Nothing wrong with the book, but nothing earthshattering about it either. It is a modest, not unpleasant, somewhat superficial collection of essays, no more, no less.

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.
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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. Hungry for Wine provides an extraordinary and global lens on the people behind the drops in our glass. I have a new understanding about the people of the land who bring us incredibly unique and diverse wines. After reading HUNGRY FOR WINE, I hope never to drink wine again without a full cup of reverence.
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I love this book. As a transplant to a wine region in Northern Italy I have come to appreciate the back story of the wine and the winemaker in a very different way. Nuances I could never know by simply picking up a bottle at my neighborhood wine shop. The story behind what is in the glass - and, how it made its way there - makes it that much more special. I was especially drawn to the chapters of wine areas I know little about, Patagonia, Syria, even the urban winery in Portland for a different reason. It's where I grew up.

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.
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Finally: a wine book that is not pompous, boring, or written by someone who believes himself or herself to be the God of the grape.
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.
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This is a fantastic book! If you're interested in how wine and everyday life intersect, order a copy and enjoy. You won't regret it. It covers active events like the war in Syria, the Greek economic woes, migrant workers and so much more. This is not another wine book. It's a unique way of writing about how the glass of wine came to be. A chronicle of the unique obstacles and circumstances that are influencing every individual wine. Be ready to have fun and learn a lot about the world through a wine glass. Best enjoyed in a relaxed environment with your own favorite wine within reach.
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