Synopses & Reviews
This is a book about wine, Pure and Simple. It will arm you with a little more wine confidence, knowledge, and enthusiasm. Packed with user-friendly information and all the tricks you could ever want to be able to say, "I know enough to know what I like." Thirsty Work celebrates wine and all that goes into making it and all who are involved in sharing it. Matt Skinner has a broad background in teaching the subject of wine and is wine manager of Jamie Oliver's famous London restaurant, Fifteen. Based on the way he teaches the subject of wine to his students he breaks down all the key topics-from drinking, choosing, and tasting to the key red and white grapes to where and how wine is made to the range of soft, serious, and fizzy styles. And, his 24-hour faces of wine features all the people who are involved in bringing wine to your table. Serious but unpretentious, inspiring and fun, Skinner presents his subject on a unique and personal level in everyday terms.
"Skinner is the wine manager of Fifteen, the London restaurant run by Jamie Oliver. With Oliver's name appearing twice on the front cover (and thrice on the back cover of the review copy), Skinner appears to be grabbing his friend's apron strings and hoping to ride this occasionally interesting treatise on wine up the bestseller list. In an overly conscious effort to avoid sounding snobbish or pretentious, 'awesome' and 'mind-blowing' become adjectives of choice while authoritativeness sometimes gives way to bad puns or too simple declaratives: 'Talk about keeping it in the family. Pinot Blanc is the distant love child of Pinot Gris.' There are six essential chapters. 'Basics' could be called Grapes 101, while 'Toolbox' is an explanation of how to use the nose, mouth and eyes in wine appreciation, and 'Fruit' provides brief, useful descriptions for dozens of wines, with each entry including a phonetic pronunciation, followed by musings on the style and taste of the wine, as well as a somewhat random 'f.y.i.' paragraph (e.g., we learn that Merlot is 'an incredibly 'gluggable' variety'). The remaining chapters cover the growing of grapes, how various wines are actually made and a nicely thought-out geographical survey of all the major wine regions. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Packed with user-friendly information and all the tricks one could ever want, "Thirsty Work" celebrates wine and all that goes into making it and all who are involved in sharing it.
"This is a book about wine, Pure and Simple. It will arm you with a little more wine confidence, knowledge, and enthusiasm. Packed with user-friendly information and all the tricks you could ever want"
About the Author
Matt Skinner has a broad background in teaching the subject of wine and is wine manager of Jamie Olivers famous London restaurant, Fifteen.