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Untrodden Grapes Hardcover – November 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt; 1 edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0151011672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151011674
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Steadman, illustrator of several of Hunter S. Thompson's gonzo narratives, also has a reputation in the world of wine—which is no contradiction, as he thinks of himself as "a romantic and a lifetime supporter of the maverick tradition in all fields of human activity." In this volume, which follows his well-received Grapes of Ralph, he wanders to notable vineyards in California, Chile, Spain, France, Italy and South Africa for a look at their grapes and wine-making techniques. Steadman chats with the owners, eyes their dogs, tastes their wines and takes notes, which frequently meander into fond digressions on unusual oenophilic practices. Still, it's Steadman's sketches that make the book: vertiginous mountain vineyards; splotchy caricatures of idiosyncratic vintners; lumpy, mustachioed villagers (male and female); even a brief album of wine dogs, "grand cru mutts." Although he's designed many wine labels himself, Steadman's no label snob; indeed, he rails against "the rigid aristocracy of fine appellation" and misses the "good, bad old days" when you could decant a nice Roussillon into your own jug straight from a pump at the wine cooperative. Readers dithering over the right bottle to surprise a wine-loving friend with might do better to shop at the bookstore for a Steadman instead. (Nov.)
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From Booklist

Steadman's utterly distinctive drawings are the stars of his eccentric book about the world of wine, which his curmudgeonly prose just complements. Though hardly for the chardonnay- or merlot-swilling masses, the book does include a step-by-step how-to on making champagne and a careful description of how each year's sherry is mixed with some from earlier years to smooth and refine the marketable product. How-to's and why-for's aren't really Steadman's meat, however. He is interested in the offbeat and overlooked: wine made by old hippies who ignore wasps flying about the outdoor vats, or by reckless Chileans who hang the vines off cliffs, or even by himself, as he dabbles in grape growing in England (no wonder he's cranky about chardonnay). Illustrations of vineyards capture the strange beauty of vines thwarted from their natural, rampant leafiness and crowded into trellised rows, but more memorable are muddy dogs met in vineyards from France to California and caricatured vingerons hard at work. Not to be missed: the saga of the scandalous red wine Cardinal Zin. Patricia Monaghan
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Schneider on December 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Steadman has outdone himself with this latest book of narrative and artwork. You will be taken on a tour of the wine producing areas of the world, portraying the author's love of the drink. Each story is highlighted with artwork as further interpretation. I especially enjoyed the account of a bottle of wine's ability to transform a mountain of greasy fish, chips and extra peas at a local chip shop to a culinary masterpiece. The writing is honest, expressive, humorous and straight-forward. Those who appreciate a witty turn of phrase will be delighted. Those too drunk on wine to notice will wonder why they feel suddenly lighter.

The artwork is quintessentially Steadman. If you are not familiar with his work, you need to be sure to approach this book with an open mind - as it is not for the faint of heart. Figures can be what some would describe as ugly - maybe even grotesque, there are great splatterings of ink and often quite a bit of mayhem. But, the overall effect is intoxicating with rich colors and visually shocking contrast.

I have collected and appreciated Ralph Steadman's work for over 20 years now, and like any good wine, he just keeps getting better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David A. Chambers on October 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Few people today remember that Ralph Steadman grew to fame for his Gonzo art that complemented some rather famous Gonzo journalism. Today, his is arguably best known for his art that complements wine bottles, as well as a number of wine books published over several decades.

In Untrodden Grapes, his latest book, we get to read and see a number of small wineries through his artist's eyes. Focusing on small but premium producers (hence the title) from around the world, Ralph intersperses his personal editorial on the state of today's wine world along with descriptions and renderings of what he's seen.

A great read for wine lovers, and well worthwhile for anyone who enjoys the intersection of memorable art and great writing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Jones on February 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This was almost too good to be true -- a new book and FAR less than what I would have paid in a book store.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JP on February 24, 2014
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Get one for your bar and one for your studio. Good to see the majesty & calm of a vineyard visually transcribed by the chaos of Steadman.
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