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Unquenchable!: A Tipsy Quest for the World's Best Bargain Wines Paperback – September 4, 2012
“I learned so much from Natalie MacLean's humorous, literate, lively adventures in search of great buys in wine. Fun to read, her book introduces you to many winemakers who could be in novels, to out-of- the-way places you'll want to add to your travel list, and, most of all, to an appreciation of vino as integral to the joy of living. I'm restocking my racks with her smart suggestions.”—Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun
"With fully extracted prose that lingers on the palate, Natalie MacLean has wisely headed off the beaten path to get at the essence of wine. As she probes the elusive intersection of quality and value, we are lucky sidekicks on her well-observed journey through the landscapes, people, stories, and-let's just say it-buzzes that make wine so wonderful.”—Benjamin Wallace, author of The Billionaire's Vinegar
“Natalie pulls us along happily into her wide world of wine-you are right there with her at the table or in an underground cellar. The conversations are lively and the wine flows. And when a winemaker pours a glass for her, you might look around wondering, 'Where's mine?' She made me itchy to get on a plane and hit the wine route myself.”—Kermit Lynch, award-winning wine merchant and author of Adventures on the W
“A rollicking travelogue of her journeys around the world in search of the best vino that won’t break the bank.—The Washington Post
“A light, informative adventure in wine appreciation that should have broad appeal. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal
“Natalie MacLean’s Unquenchable is one of this year’s most entertaining—and genuinely useful—wine books.”—Louisville Courier-Journal
“Passionate, witty, honest, and informative. This entertaining read is a must for wine lovers.”—VintageCellars.com
“Highly educational and witty, neophytes and professionals will drink this up.” —Wine Enthusiast Magazine
“The narrative is so captivating that Unquenchable becomes a page-turner after reading a few pages of the introduction.”—Winesworld.com
About the Author
Natalie MacLean is the award-winning author of Red, White, and Drunk All Over, named the Best Wine Literature Book (English) at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. An accredited sommelier and journalist, her wine e-newsletter, Nat Decants, is read by more than 130,000 wine lovers. Her free mobile app, “Wine Picks & Pairings: Natalie Maclean,” has been downloaded 100,000 times.
Top Customer Reviews
Thus, when I finally got the paperback edition of Unquenchable, it was a let down for me. It was not as fresh and as personal as the first book was. The first book treated the reader as a friend - it was a friend giving friendly advice/suggestions to another friend; it was akin to a friend recommending good stuff, and recounting the joys of one's experiences. However, the second book, Unquenchable, missed out on that. It departed from that winning formula of the first book, I do feel. There was more distance - it was like there were frequent pregnant pauses in the conversation; it was as if riends who had not seen each other for a long time had difficulty carrying a long conversation. It was a conversation waiting to end. The book was written as if it was trying to give the reader a peep into the mysterious wine world, much like other wine books. But this is not what made the first book so successful - the first book was written for friends; the second book seem more to feed fans.
There is also a glaring factual mistake made. The book states that Germany is second only to France for Michelin starred restaurants (p.61; paperback). If you were to check this site,[...], Japan is at the top with the number of 3-star restaurants; France is 2nd to Japan. Total number of Michelin stars (1,2&3 stars) puts Japan second to France. This is a mistake that can be addressed easily, since the facts are easily found by googling.
Not as good as the first book, but eventually I did finish the book.
First of all the book is not just a list of bargain wines from her worldwide travels at all – Nat gives us a taste and more of pinot noir from Niagara, Portugal’s ports (For wine 101ers: real port only comes from Portugal) German riesling, Aussie shiraz, African pinotage, Sicily’s Nero d’avola, Argentinean malbec and rosé from Provence.
And, it’s not just a book about these varieties that she found bargain prices for. Nat gives us snapshots of the winemakers she meets, what their lives are like, even their animals as well as some fabulous homemade regional food for pairings.
Each chapter is divided by a day of the week, say, Monday in Germany, and ends with insider tips, links to recipes, books and, of course, the wineries best bargain selections.
Here are the tidbits I don’t want you to miss, but if you want her wine lists, and more, I highly recommend that you buy the book:
In giving us a mental picture of Aussie winemaker Wolf Blass, Nat writes, “He was one of the first to realize that the winemaker is integral to the marketing of the product, the human face of the wine.” Made me think of how pivotal Clos Pepe winemaker Wes Hagen has been with his social networking.Read more ›
At the end of each chapter, there are a variety of lists - ranging from the practical, such as "best values" from the region, to the somewhat free-association "reading lists" that represent the author's attempts to capture the essence of a particular locale. Suggested food-wine pairings are also listed and often described in detail in the text. My only criticism, actually backhanded, is that the number of regions was so limited. A sequel seems natural and would be appreciated by non-pretentious wine lovers everywhere!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was here quickly and I had no problems with the order. I like ordering on line as you can get a lot of choices. Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by William W. Weinheimer
This was a gift for a wine aficionado but, not an expert. Person is reading it now and says the like it very much.Published on February 14, 2013 by A Buyer
I'm afraid that Natalie is pointing us to many $40 and $50 wines that she may consider bargains but in reality are not. Read morePublished on December 25, 2012 by Jim
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Just like buying a wine from a well-loved and trusted producer, I was confident that Natalie's second book would fill my glass with the knowledge, wit and resources that I enjoyed... Read morePublished on January 15, 2012 by Julie Howe