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The Juice: Vinous Veritas


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Jay McInerney lives in Manhattan and Bridgehampton, New York. He writes a wine column for The Wall Street Journal and is a regular contributor to The Guardian and Corriere della Sera, and his fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy, Granta, and The Paris Review. In 2006, Time cited Bright Lights, Big City as one of nine generation-defining novels of the twentieth century, and The Good Life received the Prix Litteraire at the Deauville Film Festival in 2007. How It Ended: New and Collected Stories (2009) "reminds us," Sam Tanenhaus wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "how impressively broad McInerney's scope has been and how confidently he has ranged across wide swaths of our national experience."


McInerney (A Hedonist in the Cellar) has just the right swagger-a reader of Hemingway, an '80s slacker reputation earned from his first novel, Bright Lights, Big City, four marriages, sly allusions to Coldplay-to inspire oenological pursuits in a less rarefied, more "like us" crowd. This latest collection of his wine columns from his first gig, House & Garden (before it folded in 2007), and, more recently, the Wall Street Journal, demonstrates a bracing frankness that instills confidence in his vinous choices, such as promoting lower-priced American brands next to Old World masters and his blitheful ability to correct past biases, namely regarding pinot grigio. McInerney is a bit of a name dropper, and one senses he does not bother much about journalistic virtue when visiting vignerons in seductive far-flung locales: Dominique Lafon in Meursault; Ann Colgin in the Napa Valley; Angelo Gaja of Barolo; or the former elBulli's sensational, changeable chef Ferran Adria on the hard-to-reach Costa Brava. Still, one of the longest chapters is a sober salute to the innovations of the late Robert Mondavi. Overall, McInerney's encounters with wines are deeply quirky, thus memorable-his first 1991 Clos Erasmus was a "wonderful hippogriff of a wine... a sort of thinking man's fruit bomb with lots of structure"-an oenological exegesis entailing a first kiss and lots of personality. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

"It is a pleasure to see the wine world through a novelist's playful eyes, and to feel the infectious joy he finds in great wines, places and personalities from around the world."
--Eric Asimov, The New York Times

"As bracing as high-acid Riesling . . . McInerney the novelist, with his eye for detail and smart aleck wit, is never far from the page, [and] he's able to get inside each destination and suss out what makes it interesting."
--The Washington Post Book World

"[McInerney] provides some of the finest writing on the subject of wine. . . . Brilliant, witty, comical, and often shamelessly provocative."
--Robert M. Parker, Jr.

"McInerney has become the best wine writer in America." "To the fruity, buttery world of wine writing, there's nothing else like it."
--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution "We're fortunate that Jay McInerney has chosen to shower his immense gifts on a new source of pleasure: the grape. . . . He's a wry companion who is clearly at home with and enjoying the subject."
--Danny Meyer

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