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 an entire exercise session and the reader an critical, idiosyncratic advisor to a global of just about endless variety. Filled with delights oenophiles in all places will have fun with, it is a assortment pushed not just by way of wine itself but additionally the folks who make it. An enjoyable, impossible to resist e-book that's crucial for an individual enthralled by way of the myriad pleasures of wine.
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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.
By the time Vernay’s daughter Christine took over the domain in 1997, Condrieu was back in business, the object of a devoted cult of discriminating hedonists. Based in nearby Ampuis, the Guigal family also deserves credit for resurrecting the great wine of Condrieu. While best known for its Côte-Rôties, the domain founded by Étienne Guigal in 1946 and raised to eminence by son Marcel, who appears to have been born with a beret on his head and a glass wine thief in his hand, is now the largest producer of Condrieu.
Raimund Prüm, of S. A. Prüm in the Mosel, understands your anxiety about German labels. Prum owns vines in some of the greatest vineyards in Germany, perched on steep, sun-trapping slopes high above the Mosel River, including Wehlener Sonnenuhr, named after the now famous sundial that his great-great-grandfather Jodicus Prüm constructed in the vineyard in 1848. And one of these days, after you’ve developed an appreciation for great Riesling, you may remember the name of this vineyard, planted on blue slate, which is believed to impart a distinctive stony flavor to the wines.