A Hedonist in the Cellar: Adventures in Wine by Jay McInerney

By Jay McInerney

In A Hedonist within the Cellar, Jay McInerney gathers greater than 5 years’ worthy of essays and keeps his exploration of what’s new, what’s enduring, and what’s surprising–giving his palate a whole work out and the reader an integral, idiosyncratic advisor to a global of virtually limitless variety. Filled with delights oenophiles all over will appreciate, it is a assortment pushed not just by means of wine itself but additionally the folks who make it. 

An wonderful, impossible to resist e-book that's crucial for someone enthralled through the myriad pleasures of wine.

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Some stars and rising stars: Chantegrive, Coubins-Lurton, La Louvière, Malartic-Lagravière, Pape-Clément, and La Tour Martillac. Outside of the Graves appellation there are a few whites worth seeking out, including those of the famed Châteaux Margaux and Lynch-Bages. Although not a great red-wine vintage, 2004 was a significantly better year for white Graves, and the 2005s should be at least as good. Either of these vintages will drink well over the next few years in conjunction with white fish, grilled chicken, or sheep’s milk and goat’s milk cheese.

Oregon winemakers haven’t yet agreed to standardize the bottle shape for this varietal. Some use the slope-shouldered Burgundy bottle, while others favor the long, tall, Alsatian bottle. My unscientific conclusion, after tasting twenty bottles of the 2000 vintage, is that the best makers favor the Alsatian bottle, bravely flying in the face of its negative association—at least in the minds of many American wine drinkers—with cheap German wine. Remember Blue Nun? Forget it. Try a Pinot Gris the next time you grill a fish.

Well, it can’t be La Mission,” I said confidently—La Mission–Haut-Brion being among my favorite wines. “Well, it is,” Julian happily informed me. So much for impressing my new girlfriend, who had never seen me in full wine wonk mode before. As much sadomasochistic fun as I find it to be, comparing and contrasting old Bordeaux vintages is less and less a part of the job description for the postmodern wine writer, and I think my own interests and tastes reflect certain trends. I still have a lot of Bordeaux in my cellar, right up to vintage 2003, and come August I start to follow weather reports from that part of the world.

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