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Drops of God, Volume '01: Les Gouttes de Dieu Paperback – October 18, 2011
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"Through the dramas of their wine-drinking characters, the (Tadashi Agi) instructs readers on how to taste wine. It’s hilarious, for sure, when a young woman swoons over a man’s decanting skills, but it’s also a great way to draw attention to the technical proficiency of a beautiful pour without getting too technical. And that’s what’s truly extraordinary about Drops of God: It makes learning about wine—which, let’s face it, can be a totally tedious thing for the non-obsessed—really fun... Seriously, this is juicy stuff!" -- GILT
“Absolute page-turner… It’s the sweeping two-page illustrations of taste-transporting moments (a shirt-tearing jam by rock band Queen, a maiden fleeing through strawberry fields) that better capture wine’s great allure than a thousand dry scribblings on history and weather conditions.” —Time Out New York
“An almost psychedelically beautiful work… It’s like Speed Racer crossed with Wine Spectator.” —The Daily Dish (LA Times)
“Visually stunning and effortlessly entertaining… To top it off, reading Drops is a trippy literary experience… Don’t be surprised if you crush this book in one night. It’s pretty impossible to put down once you pick it up.” —Bottlenotes (The Daily Sip)
“I have already ordered the second volume (out in December) and I guess that in terms of reviews that is a definitive statement.” —Wine Psych
“Presents some complex wine topics in an easy to understand manner, without talking down to the consumer… I urge all wine lovers to take a look, with an open mind, at The Drops of God. Give it a chance and you might be surprised at how much you enjoy it.”
—The Passionate Foodie
“Penchants for French wines drive the selection of vinos described with dramatic, often fanatical detail.” —Wine Enthusiast
About the Author
Tadashi Agi is the penname used by the best-selling brother and sister duo Shin and Yuko Kibayashi. Veteran writers the Kibayashi's debuted on the Japanese scene with the award-winning and best-selling comic series Kindaichi's Case Files (published in English by Tokyopop). Agi's next hit was the series GetBackers, which would cement the pair as Japan's most innovative thriller mystery writers of the early part of the new century. GetBackers success would extend across the globe becoming a strong seller in the US
Yuko and Shin Kibayashi are also well regarded wine enthusists who were also voted one of Decanter magazine's 50 most influencial people in the wine industry in 2009. They have been featured in interviews with the New York Times, CNN, and Wine Aficionado regarding global wine trends.
Shu Okimoto is a veteran comic illustrator and book jacket designer.
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It’s not just the poetic descriptions of wine given by Kanzaki Shizuko or Tommine Issei but the drawings, the interpretations, the faithful representations of the labels of wine bottles as glorious as Romanee Conti, Cros Parantoux Henry Jayer, Chateau Lynch Bages or Chateau Mounton Rothchild –to mention just a few- but, the interpretation of those liquid assets on terms of visual images and poetic descriptions. To be honest, it has started in me –again- the unstoppable desire of learn more on terms of wine interpretation and not just to get drunk yourself. That, for me, is priceless.
I will not get into details of the drama involving the search of the 12 apostle and the drops of God -12 amazing wines and one that stands supreme above all- instead of that, I recommend to get yourself into these series of books, whether you are a Wino or not. If you are, you will be instantly acquainted and related with the wines described there and drama lived by the main actors of this story. Believe me as you go along, as you get inside of it, you will be craving and thirsty for a glass of red wine! If you are not, then the story itself will catch you and you probably will be curious and asking yourself about that white and red liquid that is WINE. My compliments to the authors of this magnum opus. These series of books are indeed the most influential wine books in years! Why? To put it simple, they are taking wine tasting and enjoyment out of the academy and deliver them where wine truly belongs: To the people who love to drink and share a glass of a nice Chablis, Chianti or Pinot noir. A votre santé!
So far, I am quite satisfied with the localization & publication of volume 1 in English. I think Vertical has a winner here and let's hope they will be able to turn around the series quicker as it is pretty far along in the Japan.
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