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From Jay McInerney, bestselling novelist and wine columnist for House & Garden magazine, comes this wry and witty exploration of wine and wine culture.
McInerney writes with flair and brutal honesty as he discusses the grapes, vintages, regions, myths, and personalities that inhabit the wine world. He peppers his down-to-earth advice with vivid description and hilarious asides–on the fungus responsible for the heavenly flavor of the dessert wine Sauternes, he writes: “Not since Baudelaire smoked opium has corruption resulted in such beauty.” Bacchus and Me is as sparkling and satisfying as a glass of vintage French champagne.
“McInerney’s wine judgments are sound, his anecdotes witty and his literary references impeccable. Not many wine books are good reads; this one is.”–The New York Times
“Brilliant, witty, comical, and often shamelessly candid and provocative thoughts about the world of wine and many of the people who produce it.”–Robert M. Parker, Jr.