The Accidental Connoisseur

The Accidental Connoisseur

Author: Lawrence Osborne

Publisher: North Point Press

ISBN: 9781429935111

Category: Cooking

Page: 272

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What is taste? Is it individual or imposed on us from the outside? Why are so many of us so intimidated when presented with the wine list at a restaurant? In The Accidental Connoisseur, journalist Lawrence Osborne takes off on a personal voyage through a little-known world in pursuit of some answers. Weaving together a fantastic cast of eccentrics and obsessives, industry magnates and small farmers, the author explores the way technological change, opinionated critics, consumer trends, wheelers and dealers, trade wars, and mass market tastes have made the elixir we drink today entirely different from the wine drunk by our grandparents. In his search for wine that is a true expression of the place that produced it, Osborne takes the reader from the high-tech present to the primitive past. From a lavish lunch with wine tsar Robert Mondavi to the cellars of Marquis Piero Antinori in Florence, from the tasting rooms of Chateau Lafite to the humble vineyards of northern Lazio, Osborne winds his way through Renaissance palaces, $27 million wineries, tin shacks and garages, opulent restaurants, world-famous chais and vineyards, renowned villages and obscure landscapes, as well as the great cities which are the temples of wine consumption: New York, San Francisco, Paris, Florence, and Rome. On the way, we will be shown the vast tapestry of this much-desired, little-understood drink: who produces it and why, who consumes it, who critiques it? Enchanting, delightful, entertaining, and, above all, down to earth, this is a wine book like no other.
The Accidental Connoisseur
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Lawrence Osborne
Categories: Cooking
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004-03-15 - Publisher: North Point Press

What is taste? Is it individual or imposed on us from the outside? Why are so many of us so intimidated when presented with the wine list at a restaurant? In The Accidental Connoisseur, journalist Lawrence Osborne takes off on a personal voyage through a little-known world in pursuit of
Roman Letters
Language: en
Pages: 260
Authors: Charles Shere
Categories: Travel
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-02-01 - Publisher: Lulu.com

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Language: en
Pages: 350
Authors: Melissa Brackney Stoeger
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-01-08 - Publisher: ABC-CLIO

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Language: en
Pages: 318
Authors: Neal Wyatt
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-05-14 - Publisher: American Library Association

With a focus on eight catagories including memoir, sports, and true crime, a readers' advisory guide includes coverage of the major authors and works, popularity, and style.
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Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: George M. Taber
Categories: Cooking
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006-11-21 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

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