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Desert Island Wine [Paperback]

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In Desert Island Wine Miles Lambert-Gocs gives both veteran and novice enophiles something to chuckle and think about when raising their glasses to Dionysus, the Wine-god.

Tune in to the first-ever interview with Dionysus. Chat with the owner of Gobs-of-Fruit Vineyards, Everywhere, USA. Be alerted to the 21st century victory of neo-prohibitionism. What does Captain Ahab have to say about wine and whale steak, or Dostoevsky about Ch?teau Lafite? Dig up the Colonial roots of White Zin. Sit in on a heart-to-heart with Thomas Jefferson, the first American enophile. Find out what puts the terror in terroir and probe the dark side of wine complexity. Consider the role of gabardine and Garbo in wine appreciation. Hear out Socrates on wine quality and tackle Quality Recognition Deficiency Syndrome. Attune yourself to the schools of wine-food combination. Consider the cutting-edge advice of Mr. Corky and take a lesson from the obituary of a disgraced wine pundit. Follow the author s half-year stint of drinking the same wine daily his desert island wine. Whether a wine novice or an old hand at pulling corks, you will find layers of flavor to strike your funny bone and pique your curiosity about wine.

An addendum chapter gives a factual account of the ancient Greek origin of the cabernet grape. This is a new discovery by the author, with a citation of all source materials, and specification of the extant Greek grape variety that is the cabernet s distant ancestor.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 6" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 28, 2007
Publisher   Wine Appreciation Guild
ISBN  1934259012  
ISBN13  9781934259016  

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Quit your Wine-ing...and Get Dining on Some Fine Stories   Jun 25, 2008
One does not need super-premium knowledge of wine to appreciate the fine taste. And you don't need to get really academic and announce that it is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermentation of grape juice to enjoy the camaraderie that wine can bring to a meal with friends or family.

But with those special moments - like a walk in the clouds - being a guide to glide over the rich history may bring added meaning to that special evening.

Author Miles Lambert-Gocs takes the reader through the history in Desert Island Wine - but with a terrific twist. There is not the need to be an oenologist - a wine scientist or chemist - to savor the playful, but highly-informative, romp through the fields in 28 short stories and a chapter on the Greek origin of the cabernets.

While filing a report, "Live from Olympus," there is an intriguing interview with Dionysus, the Wine-god, along with an incredible confrontation between Socrates and an Athenian wine merchant, a talk with Thomas Jefferson - the first American oenophile - and Mr. Corky popping up to share some knowledge that has been bottled up in a cellar for many years.

The addendum chapter is fascinating, as Lambert-Gocs - a researcher in Greek wine history - shares his recent discovery concerning the extant Greek grape variety that is cabernet's distant ancestor.

The balisca vine, says Lambert-Gocs - which Pliny identified as Greek in the First Century A.D. - had a vital role in the evolution of grapes in southwest France and is the oldest specifiable source of cabernet, along with the possibility that it contributed to a number of later grape varieties.

"It is likely that the balisca began crossing over the Pyrenees into southwestern France as early as that, since its quality was already recognized," he says. "Conceivably, crosses of several varieties that descended from balisca could have led to cabernets."

And this is what ultimately makes the 208 pages such a special trek; it is a novel approach in sharing anecdotes and is blended with rich research that - like a fine wine - will stand the test of time.

A new and lighter approach for the aspiring wine connoisseur  May 7, 2008
A new and lighter approach for the aspiring wine connoisseur, "Desert Island Wine" promises to give wine lovers a laugh while continuing to give them everything they seek in a wine book. Claiming 'interviews' with Dionysus, Greek god of wine; Socrates and his view of Quality Recognition Deficiency syndrome, and Captain Ahab's opinions on wine with whale steak. Wine lovers should enjoy these humorous pages, no matter their level of expertise in this sub-culture. "Desert Island Wine" is highly recommended for wine fanatics everywhere and could find a place on both humor and wine library shelves abroad.
Fun journey through the wine world  Dec 8, 2007
If you have an intelligent wine-loving friend who had a classic education and has a sense of humor, this is the book for them. It is a collection of short pieces on various topics. Lambert-Gócs offers a mix of the serious ("Appellation Pramnos Non-Contrôlée" or "On A Finer Point of Wine"), the half- serious ( "The Terroir Terrorist Talks"), and the plain goofy aspects of the wine world ("Live From Olympus" "Death of a Spoil- Sport"). His take on the arbiters of taste ( "Amphorothiras" ) is simple and short but devastating, while "Skimming the Froth" gives his peek into the human soul and our innate desire for the wild side of life.
Enjoyable Blast of Wine Intellect  Oct 23, 2007
To really achieve maximum entertainment value from Desert Island Wine, it really helps to have read the Oxford Companion to Wine cover to cover, to have a degree in philosophy, to know and converse with the pagan deities of antiquity on a first name basis, to curl up in bed with books on wine science, history, geography and the wine business (the way that other people curl up with other people), to taste hundreds of wines a year, to read about thousands, and, in short, to absorb greedily every snippet of wine knowledge from whatever source derived. Fortunately, I qualify on all these accounts.

Yes, give me a few thousand words on the subject of filtration. That is not a sarcastic statement; I really soak these things up. Very thought provoking. For that matter, I found the chapter on our craving for acidic tastes enlightening, even mouth-watering.

Of course, there are lighter areas. The interview with Dionysius begins the book, and immediately puts the name of wine guru Robert Parker, Jr, into play; later the point-awarding Parkerian wine guru Amphorothiras gets the full grilling by Socrates in a verisimilar Platonic dialogue. This is great stuff; I give both these sections a 92.

Lambert-Gócs lives in Virginia and gives an exegesis of the state's wine scene for which I was not prepared, but I can still relate to the warm tone of his "Report to Tom," that's Virginian Jefferson, this country's first great wine aficionado, champion, guru, or bore (depending on your outlook).

There is something for everyone here. The writer claims to have dug up first drafts of famous literary works--Moby Dick for starters--with the aim of restoring expurgated drink-related sections; he gives up further snippets from William Dean Howells, Edna Ferber, and even Goethe.

This is the kind of book you "discover" and love on a rainy day at a beach resort, if you don't generally read these kinds of books. Of course I make a steady diet out of just this sort of volume. I hate the term "wine geek," since there is little on earth more sophisticated than wine, but suffice it to say that the "serious" wine buff will be enlightened, amused, and thoroughly simulated by Desert Island Wine.

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