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Uncorked: My Journey Through the Crazy World of Wine Kindle Edition

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“Who would have guessed it? The wine world is just as crazy and full of intrigue as the restaurant scene. Uncorked knocks wine off its pedestal and yet elevates it at the same time. I’m more of a beer guy, but after reading Marco Pasanella’s book I suddenly have the urge to build a serious wine cellar. He takes wine out of the hands of oenological snobs—and pulls back the curtain of mystery surrounding the grape’s sublime elixir—and places it into the hands of the common man. This is a surprising, heartfelt, and entertaining book.”
—Steven Dublanica, author of the bestselling Waiter Rant
 
“Facing the East River, not far from the amazing Brooklyn Bridge, is one of New York’s most unique wine stores. Pasanella & Son is the charming and evocative brainchild of Marco Pasanella. Marco is extremely knowledgeable about wines: how they taste, how they are made, and how they are bottled. The story he tells in Uncorked is much more than what wine to pair with what, and everyone interested in enjoying an excellent glass of wine should read his book.”
—Martha Stewart

“In this memoir about family, love, wine, and Italy, Marco shares how he reinvented his life—from designer to wineshop owner—and discovered what’s really important. The book is filled with portraits of the wild and crazy characters you find in the food and wine business. It’s also filled with real wisdom. If you’ve ever thought about changing course and taking a big leap to follow your passion, then Uncorked is a must-read.”
—Rocco DiSpirito, author of Now Eat This!

This is a book that any wine lover should read. The stories of dealing with growers, winemakers, salespeople, employees, customers, bureaucrats and family are insightful, occasionally hilarious, and often heartfelt.” – WINE LINES ONLINE

About the Author

MARCO PASANELLA is the proprietor of Pasanella and Son Vintners, which opened in the South Street Seaport area of Manhattan in 2005. The shop has been included in top-ten lists in New York magazine and The Village Voice, and has received praise in Food & Wine, Elle, and Blueprint.

Previously, Pasanella designed hotels, including the Maritime in New York, and his furniture and houseware designs are on display at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

A graduate of Yale, he taught for 13 years at the Parsons School of Design. He has been featured in and has written for numerous publications, including Esquire, GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times.


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  • File Size: 3095 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (May 22, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 22, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074D387S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chambolle VINE VOICE on May 18, 2012
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This is certainly a breezy, easy read, but not particularly enlightening. Yes, here's yet another heartwarming story of yet another fellow 'living the dream,' but I found it very hard to connect the dots, or to connect with the author. Mr. Pasanella speaks often about going out on a financial limb to open his little wine shop, but here is a gent with the wherewithal to buy a five story building in Manhattan, for gosh sakes. Out of nowhere, he's parking his priceless, vintage Ferrari in the middle of the shop as a prop. Say what? A variety of marquee names just happen to drop by - Martha Stewart, Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, et al. Sure thing, that happens in every little retail wine shop around the corner. No, not in my experience in the retail wine trade as it is plied by small proprietorships.

There are also occasional bouts of outright misinformation - Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese definitely is not a wine from "a mythic Austrian producer," but so the author says. Mr. Pasanella also states at one point that taking the time and making the effort to travel from cellar to cellar to taste and buy in Burgundy, the Loire, the Rhone or elsewhere is pretty useless, because the "three tier system" precludes retailers from sourcing wine for resale from anyone but local distributors, and heck, all the good stuff is already taken anyway. Well, it ain't so - and his own book contradicts that view, as Pasanella later recounts his successful effort to create and import his own inexpensive 'store brand' wines from Italy. The ground is certainly well trodden and it is increasingly difficult to find growers who are not already represented - but there are always surprises to be found, diamonds in the rough.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Jonsson VINE VOICE on May 4, 2012
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"Uncorked" is an excellent memoir of one man's quest to become involved in the wine business. Marco Paasanella is a wildly successful builder, writer and teacher-a graduate of Yale, his furniture and houseware pieces are on display at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Pasanella taught at the Parsons school of Design for years and published articles in Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times. The author had a dream, and decided to fulfill his lifelong adult dream of opening a wine shop in Manhatten, as well as starting his own wine label. Deeply in debt, and in worry, he opens his restaurant/wine business/wine shop called Passanella and Son Vinters; which grew to become a big hit. This five story shop/restaurant has been regularly featured on cooking channels and has had newspaper and magazine coverage.

Pasanella writes with humor of his decision to start a business at age 43. This book includes recipes too-I have not had an opportunity to try them, but some of them look tasty. If you enjoy wine, particularly Italian wines (although most wines are discussed) you will enjoy reminiscing about certain wines and enjoy learning about ones you may not have tasted yet.

My favorite part of the book was the appendix. In the appendix the author lists the five biggest misconceptions about wine, the ten strangest words in wine (love that cat's piss one!), five tips on tasting wine, ten ways to taste without feeling like a snob, ten of my favorite wine and food pairings, and toasts for weddings, graduations, birthdays, etc. I plan to use this book as a reference for special occasions for some time!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. D. Barnum VINE VOICE on April 23, 2012
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To say this is a story of a man that opens a wine store in New York City, is like saying Moby Dick is the story of a man fishing. This book is indeed the journey of the author as he jumps feet first into the wine business of the 2000's, but is brought alive by his skillful telling of his life's journey that brought him to that point and his lifelong appreciation of good food, good wine, and good company.

Interspersed throughout the book are a few of the author's favorite recipes - mostly Italian.

As one who worked in the Wall Street area, and occasionally on a sunny spring or fall day, took a walk to Sloppy Louie's, or the South Street Seaport area, I can tell you that the author has nailed exactly the "feel" of the neighborhood in which he chose to open his wine shop. (The recipe for Sloppy Louie's Catfish is dead on!)

The details of the wine business in New York, are laid out in an amusing manor, and show the frustrating nature of the laws involved.

His details of the mundane part of running a business - finding the right employees, cash flow, expansion, etc. give the reader the feeling that they are actually there as the author pushes forward with his new business venture.

Also, the author throws in just enough of the methods of making wine, so that the novice won't be lost. But, he has enough stories and details to keep the dedicated oenophile interested.

This was a fun book to read if you are "into wine" and especially so, if you have lived or worked in New York City.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn T. VINE VOICE on May 4, 2012
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I thought that this would be more about what goes into making wine, but it turns out to be the tale of opening a wine shop in NYC. Being a retailer myself, it was interesting to see the parallels to our own business and the differences being in a city as opposed to a small town, as I am. It offers somewhat of an education about the different kinds of wine, but if you're already familiar with various labels, the book will mean more to you. I enjoyed the travelogue to visit the family in Italy and enjoyed the recipes as well. So, if you're looking for info on what goes into wine making, this isn't the book for you. But if you look at it as the title says, a "journey", you should enjoy it.
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