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The Accidental Connoisseur: An Irreverent Journey Through the Wine World

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Just a pleasurable romp through the wine industry, spotlit by the many illustrious people behind the scenes who own and run the wineries around the world.
Recommended by Mark, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

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Publisher Comments:

What is taste? Is it individual or imposed on us from the outside? Why are so many of us so intimidated when presented with the wine list at a restaurant? In The Accidental Connoisseur, journalist Lawrence Osborne takes off on a personal voyage through a little-known world in pursuit of some answers. Weaving together a fantastic cast of eccentrics and obsessives, industry magnates and small farmers, the author explores the way technological change, opinionated critics, consumer trends, wheelers and dealers, trade wars, and mass market tastes have made the elixir we drink today entirely different from the wine drunk by our grandparents.

In his search for wine that is a true expression of the place that produced it, Osborne takes the reader from the high-tech present to the primitive past. From a lavish lunch with wine tsar Robert Mondavi to the cellars of Marquis Piero Antinori in Florence, from the tasting rooms of Chateau Lafite to the humble vineyards of northern Lazio, Osborne winds his way through Renaissance palaces, $27 million wineries, tin shacks and garages, opulent restaurants, world-famous chais and vineyards, renowned villages and obscure landscapes, as well as the great cities which are the temples of wine consumption: New York, San Francisco, Paris, Florence, and Rome. On the way, we will be shown the vast tapestry of this much-desired, little-understood drink: who produces it and why, who consumes it, who critiques it? Enchanting, delightful, entertaining, and, above all, down to earth, this is a wine book like no other.

Review:

"Funny, provocative, and vastly entertaining." Gerald Asher

Review:

"A humorous punch in the nose to wine snobs who think money buys good taste." Kermit Lynch

Review:

"Lawrence Osborne's The Accidental Connoisseur is shrewd, apt, acerbic and often quite crazy. We are carried along equally by the honed criticism and the fine writing." Jim Harrison

Synopsis:

What is taste? Journalist Osborne takes off on a personal voyage through a little-known world in pursuit of answers. Weaving together a fantastic cast of eccentrics and obsessives, he shows how mass market tastes have made the elixir that is consumed today entirely different from the wine drunk by previous generations.

About the Author

Lawrence Osborne contributes frequently to The New York Times Magazine, Lingua Franca, The New Republic, and Talk, and is the author of Paris Dreambook, The Poisoned Embrace, and American Normal. Born in England, he lives in New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780865476332
Subtitle:
An Irreverent Journey Through the Wine World
Author:
Osborne, Lawrence
Publisher:
North Point Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Wine and wine making
Subject:
Beverages - Wine & Spirits
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
Wine & Spirits
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20050301
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 x 1.00 in

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Product details 272 pages North Point Press - English 9780865476332 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Just a pleasurable romp through the wine industry, spotlit by the many illustrious people behind the scenes who own and run the wineries around the world.

"Review" by , "Funny, provocative, and vastly entertaining."
"Review" by , "A humorous punch in the nose to wine snobs who think money buys good taste."
"Review" by , "Lawrence Osborne's The Accidental Connoisseur is shrewd, apt, acerbic and often quite crazy. We are carried along equally by the honed criticism and the fine writing."
"Synopsis" by , What is taste? Journalist Osborne takes off on a personal voyage through a little-known world in pursuit of answers. Weaving together a fantastic cast of eccentrics and obsessives, he shows how mass market tastes have made the elixir that is consumed today entirely different from the wine drunk by previous generations.
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