A Hedonist in the Cellar
Adventures in WineBook - 2006
In the two decades sinceBright Lights, Big Cityreinvigorated contemporary fiction, Jay McInerney can claim a great many accomplishments, including the mantle thatSalonhas given him: "the best wine writer in America." Of his previous collection,Bacchus and Me,Robert M. Parker, Jr., concluded: "Brilliant, witty, comical, and often shamelessly candid and provocative." AndThe New York Timesadded: "McInerney's wine judgments are sound, his anecdotes witty, and his literary references impeccable. Not many wine books are good reads; this one is." InA Hedonist in the Cellar,he gathers more than five years' worth of essays and continues his exploration of what's new, what's enduring, and what's surprising, giving his palate a complete workout and the reader an indispensable, idiosyncratic guide to a world of almost infinite variety. Rieslings from the Finger Lakes, Armagnac from Gascony, powerhouse amarones from Valpolicella, the most fearsome critics in England, chocolate-friendly bottles from all over the globe, new developments in Chile and Argentina--these are only some of the delights now ready to be savored in a collection driven not only by wine itself but also the people who make it and those whose enjoyment is matched by their curiosity. Full of terroir and flavor, svelte personalities, and keen insight into the trade, these are irresistible essays for anyone enthralled by the manifold pleasures of wine.