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The New York Times Book of Wine: More Than 30 Years of Vintage Writing Hardcover – August 7, 2012
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Overall: From time to time we at The Wine Cask Blog - [...] - review items other than the beverage in the bottle. This is one of those times. Our friends at Sterling Publishing (a B&N subsidiary) sent us this book to review.
In short, I love this book. It is a collection of essays and articles curated from the New York Times' collection that started in 1972. Each article is fun and expresses something of the wonder of wine. Because these are short articles (rarely more than 3 pages) the book lends itself well to quick, easy reading. You can pick it up, say, while waiting for your dinner host to come back from the grill outside, and get through a single chapter. You can read several while waiting for your decanted bottle to breathe.
There are recipes. There are rants against the pretentiousness of wine review language. There are homages to favorite bottles, memorable experiences and unexpected finds.
Two in the collection stood out for me. The first, "Big and Beautiful: Lafite for 12" is an enchanting article about a family who found an imperiale of 1986 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild in their father's cellar after his passing. The article is a loving story of the meal they created around the immense bottle of wine (yes, they opened it!) to honor their father. It is warm and enchanting.
The second, "Buried Treasure in Baltic Has Vintage Taste" is the story of a diver who finds a sunken ship wreck and a treasure of old but still drinkable Champagne. We're talking early-mid 1800's Champagne. The story has all the adventure of finding sunken treasure and the care of the subject that someone who honors both antiquities and magnificent sparkling wines can conjure.Read more ›
This book would be wonderful to read on a cold, snowy day while sitting next to a roaring fire and sipping a mulled wine or perhaps on a warm day while sitting by the pool and enjoying a Sangria.
Any reader will undoubtedly pick up some interesting tidbits between the first page and the end of the book. Consider adding The New York Times Book of Wine to your book shelf.
Some were more interesting than others and I skipped a few that didn't appeal to me from the get go (mainly ones on non-wine items such as cognac) but on the whole I read nearly all the articles and feel this was a truly worthwhile collection. There's lots of wisdom in the book, too, regarding the world of wine reviews, tastings, jargon and what goes on in the winemaking process.
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I did not expect a book of old tales about wine... I have my own tales, which are much cooler!Published 21 months ago by Marcello Cimino Faria
I personally was little disappointed generally overall with the book, although I will have to admit that I did not read it cover to cover,
as it was brought for a Xmas present... Read more
This book was purchased as a gift for a family member who enjoys wines. He said he likes it and thought it looked interesting.Published on July 30, 2013 by Linda
If you love wines and reading about them, this is the book. Go for it !!!!!
Great collection of wines around the world.