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Notes on a Cellar-Book Hardcover – October 15, 2008
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"Read this book twice: once without pausing to flip back and forth-you'll be beguiled, befuddled and amused-and then once with the notes."--"The Wine News"
A glimpse into our viticultural past, as well as a revelation of how great wine and great literature can go hand-in-hand.--"Good Wine Under $20"
"Few wine books posses the iconic status of George Saintsbury's Notes on a Cellar-Book."--"Wine Spectator"
As much a model for wine writing as . . . an historical document revealing how wines were once regarded and how times have changed.--John Mariani"Bloomberg News" (12/01/2008)
"There is much food for thought here, and a facinating window on another age of connoisseurship. "--Jancis Robinson"Jancisrobinson.com" (12/18/2008)
There is much food for thought here, and a facinating window on another age of connoisseurship. --Jancis Robinson"Jancisrobinson.com" (12/18/2008)"
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Cellar-Book is one of those works that everyone knows about but few people have actually read, and five minutes with an original edition of the book will reveal why. It is so chock full of obscure literary allusions, puns, references to once-current events and other arcane matters that it is almost impossible to follow. I've tried to plough through my own 1920 edition of it unassisted many times over the past couple of decades, and to be perfectly honest, I never really made any headway on the road to comprehension.
Thomas Pinney's new edition includes detailed annotations that finally make the Cellar-Book comprehensible and enjoyable.
So is it all worth it? Yes, if you are seeking an insight into Saintsbury's realm -- the aesthetics of wine and food in a scholarly world that existed before anyone dreamed up the Wine Spectator, Gourmet Magazine, Robert Parker, and the Food Channel. Before celebrity chefs. When an English professor of modest means could enjoy Richebourg and Montrachet, before hedge fund zillionaires who dump ten thousand bucks on a bottle of Burgundy, or a couple million to remodel the corner office.Read more ›