Through the Wine Glass
“Curiouser and curiouser!”
Like Lewis Carroll’s Alice, Natalie MacLean has an insatiable curiosity. And lucky for us, Natalie’s curiosity is for all things wine. In her excellent book Red, White, and Drunk All Over, she traverses the world in pursuit of one wine adventure after another.
There is much to learn about wine, and Natalie leaves few stones unturned. Her natural curiosity is an offshoot of an innate intelligence, and with great insight does she write about wine, all the while entertaining and educating her reader. With candid prose, and much charm and vigor – hers is an “intelligent hedonism” after all – Natalie takes us by the hand and swoops us down that rabbit hole with her.
She descends into the historically famous Romanee-Conti caves; questions the inimitable Robert Parker and legendary Jancis Robinson; dines with literary bad boy turned wine writer Jay McInerney; and, in a revised edition, meets the challenges of pairing food and wine.
And these are just a few of her many adventures.
In a wonderful moment in the first chapter, Natalie quotes Lalou Bize-Leroy – biodynamic advocate and proprietor of Domaine D’Auvenay and Domaine Leroy in Burgundy, France. Mme. Bize-Leroy says this about wine writers, “They should write about how they feel, what’s going on inside them when they drink the wine. That would be much more helpful and interesting – and more truthful.”
And this exactly describes Natalie’s warm and honest prose. She is the eager connoisseur who opens her self up to every grape, person, situation, and glass she comes across. This engaging and delightful book will be enjoyed by the seasoned enthusiasts as well as the wine novice.
To put it ever more simply - READ ME.
Red, White, and Drunk All Over
Published by Bloomsbury USA – 2006 and 2007
Be sure and check out Natalie’s website at http://www.natdecants.com/