Red, White and Drunk All Over has won 'Best Wine Literature Book' at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in the category 'Gourmand English-Rest of the World Awards'
Natalie MacLean has received several James Beard Awards and the IACP's Bert Greene Award. Recently named one of the Top Thirty Power Women by Elle magazine, she writes for Bon Appetit and Food and Wine magazines and publishes an e-newsletter, Nat Decants, that has some 22,000 subscribers in thirty-six countries.
MacLean's enthusiasm for wine is contagious. For the winner of the prestigious MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award, each glass represents a personal history, "a secret cellar in our minds where we collect our empty bottles filled with memories." Her passionate desire to learn about all aspects of wine increases its sensual pleasure, and her goal "to demystify an intimidating world" succeeds. MacLean interviews everyone from grape growers in Burgundy to upstart zinfandel producers in Sonoma Valley. Every encounter incorporates vivid descriptions of tastings and colorful personalities. Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyards in Santa Cruz, Calif., bucks the trend of his California competitors, insisting a "great wine is... not a confection of the laboratory, but a subtle expression of the soil from which it sprang." For casual wine lovers, MacLean deciphers the perplexing dilemmas of appropriate wine aging without pedantry. For the purist, however, "life is too short to drink good wine out of bad glasses." That observation leads to the explanation for 103 different shapes of glassware. Solid research, a breezy style and commonsense advice prove invaluable for the novice, while her good humor will delight the connoisseur. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
'There's everything here: old stories and new, an enquiring mind and bags of enthusiasm' Hugh Johnson 'Lively, entertaining and informative ... a well-rounded tome suitable for wine veteran and newbie alike' Irish Times 'Any reader, male or female, should find learning about wine completely painless' Jancis Robinson 'Eminently readable and often laugh-out-loud funny ... Terrific' Rex Pickett, author of Sideways