Synopses & Reviews
Marco Pasanella's behind-the-scenes memoir through the world of wine will captivate wine lovers with its story of one man who decided, at age 43, to change his life by opening a wine shop.
As Kitchen Confidential and Waiter Rant explored the front and back of the house at restaurants, Uncorked offers a peek behind the curtain of the wine world.
Pasanella takes the reader into the underbelly of his store and the industry, which is steeped in history yet fanatical about technology and brimming with larger-than-life personalities.
Infused with rich details of his historic waterfront building in New York City and his sojourns to Tuscany, Pasanella's memoir is one of transformation through a project many fantasize about but few commit to. A colorful cast of characters rounds out this fascinating journey through the world of wine.
"After years as a professional designer, Pasanella applied his skill in crafting life spaces and focusing on critical details to a new venture when he opened Pasanella and Son Vintners in New York City's South Street Seaport in 2005. Pasanella tells of the challenges he faced in transforming his unorthodox whim into a solid business. Overflowing with stories of local downtown Manhattan history and politics intermingled with charming recollections of the author's time in Italy, his narrative is far more than a retrospective on building a wine shop business, which should appeal to anyone interested in the history and personality of New York, regardless of their opinion on wine or retail. Of course, Pasanella doesn't leave out the wine, explaining how some learn to identify winemaker and year from a blind tasting and how he commissioned and designed his own custom wines from organically farmed grapes. Pasanella captures his characters beautifully, though his frustration with one former employee comes through so clearly as to be uncomfortable for the reader. In the end, Pasanella conveys the real work behind making pipe dreams come true. Agent: David Kuhn." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
MARCO PASANELLA is the proprietor of Pasanella and Son Vintners, which opened in the South Street Seaport area of Manhattan in 2005. The shop has been included in top-ten lists in New York magazine
and The Village Voice
, and has received praise in Food & Wine
, and Blueprint
Previously, Pasanella designed hotels, including the Maritime in New York, and his furniture and houseware designs are on display at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
A graduate of Yale, he taught for 13 years at the Parsons School of Design. He has been featured in and has written for numerous publications, including Esquire, GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times.