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The Juice: Vinous Veritas [Kindle Edition]

Jay Mcinerney
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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This new collection by the acclaimed novelist—and, according to Salon, “the best wine writer in America”—is generous and far-reaching, deeply knowledgeable and often hilarious. 
            For more than a decade, Jay McInerney’s vinous essays, now featured in The Wall Street Journal, have been praised by restaurateurs (“Filled with small courses and surprising and exotic flavors, educational and delicious at the same time” —Mario Batali), by esteemed critics (“Brilliant, witty, comical, and often shamelessly candid and provocative” —Robert M. Parker Jr.), and by the media (“His wine judgments are sound, his anecdotes witty, and his literary references impeccable” —The New York Times).
            Here McInerney provides a master class in the almost infinite varieties of wine and the people and places that produce it all the world over, from the historic past to the often confusing present. From such legendary châteaus as Margaux and Latour and Palmer to Australia and New Zealand and South Africa, to new contenders in Santa Rita Hills and Paso Robles, we learn about terroir  and biodynamic viticulture, what Champagnes are affordable (or decidedly not), even what to drink over thirty-seven courses at Ferran Adrià's El Bulli—in all, an array of grapes and wine styles that is comprehensive and thirst inducing. And conspicuous throughout is McInerney’s trademark flair and expertise, which in 2006 prompted the James Beard Foundation to grant him the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award.



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“A master wine writer at the top of his class…. ’Is Jay McInerney the world’s best wine writer?’ The Guardian asked recently.  After reading his last collection of wine essays, I would have to argue that he is certainly the most entertaining.” —Corrie Perkin, The Weekly Review

"Superlative...McInerney writes with a charismatic flair throughout [and] his enthusiasm and eloquence is a heady mix that will inspire even non-"grape nuts" to order a case or two." —Carl Wilkinson, Financial Times

"America's leading literary oenographer, a non-snob whose prose benefits from an insouciant skepticism about the conventional wisdom....And it says something about his taste that while he is sober-minded on the matter of drinking itself, he is intemperate, sometimes delightfully so, about the other elements of his hobby—about the pursuit, the possession, the scent of the soil, the myth of the grape, the search for lost time." —Troy Patterson, The Slate Book Review
 
"McInerney's Everyman with a humongous wine cellar [and] he also makes you want to drink good wine—not always bottles beyond your means—and to take great pleasure in it." —Steven Shapin, The Guardian [UK]

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"America's leading literary oenographer, a non-snob whose prose benefits from an insouciant skepticism about the conventional wisdom....And it says something about his taste that while he is sober-minded on the matter of drinking itself, he is intemperate, sometimes delightfully so, about the other elements of his hobby—about the pursuit, the possession, the scent of the soil, the myth of the grape, the search for lost time." —Troy Patterson, The Slate Book Review
 
"McInerney's Everyman with a humongous wine cellar [and] he also makes you want to drink good wine—not always bottles beyond your means—and to take great pleasure in it." —Steven Shapin, The Guardian [UK]

Product Details

  • File Size: 1273 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0092GAGPM
  • Publisher: Vintage (May 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IQZ8JE
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scattershot snapshots from the world of wine June 26, 2012
Format:Hardcover
When Jay McInerney first started writing a column on wine for "House & Garden" (he now writes one for the "Wall Street Journal"), I thought it a rather shallow marketing ploy. What could Mr. Bright Lights know about the sophisticated subtleties of wine? But the occasional columns I read proved McInerney to be knowledgeable and his writing was fresh and enjoyable. So I bought and then read and enjoyed his two previous collections of wine columns: "A Hedonist in the Cellar" (2007) and "Bacchus and Me" (2002). Both helped keep me in touch with the world of wine. THE JUICE is more of the same -- about fifty pieces, averaging around five pages each, on assorted wine topics: from specific wine varietals (e.g., viognier), to important figures of the wine trade from history and the present (e.g., Frank Schoonmaker and Becky Wasserman), to specific wine regions (e.g., Santa Rita Hills and Cornas), to viticultural philosophies (e.g., biodynamics), to specific wines (e.g., Ch. Latour), to the broader world of gastronomy (e.g., Ferran Adrià and El Bulli).

THE JUICE is not a "from A to Z" wine encyclopedia. It is inherently scattershot in what it has to tell about the world of wine. Yet both the neophyte and the connoisseur could learn a fair amount from browsing through the book. McInerney emphasizes more the sensory aspects of drinking various and sundry wines than he does the science (or art) of making them - that is, he concentrates more on the product than he does the production. What distinguishes the book is McInerney's accessible style - relaxed, hip, never stuffy (though occasionally pretentious), and often witty. Here is an example from the piece on traditional Spanish Riojas:

"Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against fruit.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By J Ryan
Format:Hardcover
Juice provides the reader with numerous tales of the author's quest for fine wines. The prose is well-written; it is clear that the author is a talented writer. Additionally, the tales that he tells are both entertaining and informative. I picked up this book not knowing much about the beverage, and even less so about the art of making it. Reading this book will make you thirsty for a glass of wine, and will leave you wanting to begin your own wine journey. I would recommend it for anyone interested in wine both as a beverage and an art.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick read of short stories about wine August 11, 2013
Format:Paperback
A decent read for the wine lover. The book is comprised of short, well written stories on different wine regions, personalities and producers. It kept my attention and was also entertaining. I didn't learn much new from the book though. Lots of talk of the big well known wines - Burgundy and Bordeaux although I give the author credit for also covering less well known regions including New Zealand and South Africa.

Jay McInerney seems like an interesting guy to drink with. He must be since his friends open super expensive 'juice' for him on a regular basis according to the book. If you are a wine lover, this is worth a look.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read December 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book is a collection of essays about wine, wine makers, the society of wine. It's a fun read, but if you want to learn anything about wine - this is not the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting November 14, 2013
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A wonderful collection of essays on wineries great and small. I enjoy savoring a chapter - over a glass of wine - on a late Saturday afternoon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read for the wine lover July 14, 2013
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Great book to read on vacation or a long plane ride. Jay Mcinerney does a great job maintaining levity throughout the book so it is informative yet unpretentious. I was jealous of the all of the amazing wines he has drunk over the years!!
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More About the Author

Jay McInerney is the author of Bright Lights, Big City, Ransom, Story of My Life, Brightness Falls, The Last of the Savages, Model Behaviour, How It Ended and The Good Life. He lives in New York and Nashville.

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