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 exercise routine and the reader an integral, idiosyncratic advisor to an international of just about endless variety. Filled with delights oenophiles in every single place will get pleasure from, it is a assortment pushed not just by way of wine itself but in addition the folk who make it. An enjoyable, impossible to resist booklet that's crucial for someone enthralled by means of the myriad pleasures of wine.
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They are perfect summer whites—especially in this market. GRAY IS THE NEW WHITE Pinot Gris Back in the 1980s, I remember seeing a graffito in Milan that read no more gray. The slogan was a young fashionista’s battle cry against the muted palette of Armani and his followers, but it might also have applied to the Pinot Grigio (gray Pinot) that was coming out of Italy at the time, which was at least as dull as a gray suit. When I first tasted a great Pinot Gris from Alsace, I didn’t even make the connection between this ambrosia and the stuff we used to swill by the bucket at Elaine’s.
When I started the column Argentina was a joke and Spain was still emerging from the shadows of the Franco era; now Argentinian Malbec, grown in the high foothills of the Andes, is a hot commodity and Spain has probably overtaken Italy as a fashionable food-and-wine destination among grape nuts and foodies. Fruit-bombastic Barossa Valley Shiraz and grapefruity New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough have become two of the world’s great wine types, even as other regions in both countries produce increasingly noteworthy juice.
Somehow this announcement coincided with a lull in the converstational din throughout the room; it seemed to me that all eyes from the surrounding tables, in addition to those of my dinner companions, were turned on me. The sommelier, who happened to be standing nearby, handed me a glass and poured from the carafe, then stood back and smirked, while the entire restaurant, or so it seemed to me at the time, looked up at me expectantly. Unable to think of any graceful escape, I stuck my nose in the glass.
A Hedonist in the Cellar: Adventures in Wine (Vintage) by Jay McInerney