RELEASE DATE: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Get ready to find some things you never expected to find in a book about wine.
Things like regrets, migrant labor, war, financial crises, and post-apartheid economics.
Things, too, like following a calling, and doing something even though it makes no sense, and creating the life you imagine for yourself.
For the people you'll meet in these twelve chapters, wine does so much more than quench thirst. Wine is how they express themselves to the world. It’s how they put food on the table for their families. It’s how they carve their niche. Sometimes it’s even their tool to fight repression and discrimination.
Hungry for Wine is also a memoir about how the author went from simply liking the taste of wine, to tasting it every day, to writing about it 365 days a year, to traveling the world in search of the people and the stories in this book.
Some people see the world in a grain of sand. Now you can see it in a glass of wine.
This book will change the way you look at wine. Forever.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: Hungry for Wine
Chapter One: How to Live Your Wine Life with No Regrets
Tasting Note: 1970 Château Rauzan Gassies (Bordeaux)
Chapter Two: How to Find Your Feet — and Your Voice — in Wine
Tasting Note: 2008 Orvieto Secco (Italy)
Chapter Three: How to Live the “Wine Lifestyle” Anywhere
Tasting Note: 2013 Division Pinot Noir “Un” (Oregon)
Chapter Four: How to Catch a Rabbit, and What that Says about Who Harvests Your Grapes
Tasting Note: NV Jansz Premium Cuvée (Tazmania)
Chapter Five: How to Learn about Wine While Hiking in Patagonia
Tasting Note: 2005 Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon (Chile)
Chapter Six: How to Protect Wine from Greece’s Economic Crisis
Tasting Note: 2013 Boutari Moschofilero
Chapter Seven: How to Market Wine when it’s Forbidden to Market Wine
Tasting Note: 2011 Suvla Reserve Petit Verdot-Karasakiz (Turkey)
Chapter Eight: How to Make Wine When your Country is at War
Tasting Note: 2012 Château Bargylus White (Syria)
Chapter Nine: How to Plant Vines in Order to Plant Roots
Tasting Note: 2013 Livio Felluga Terre Alte (Italy)
Chapter Ten: How to Wander through a Cemetery of Wine
Tasting Note: 2002 Viña Tondonia Red Reserva (Spain)
Chapter Eleven: How to Build Community of Wine
Tasting Note: 2013 Creation Wines Viognier (South Africa)
Chapter Twelve: How to Be Hungry for Wine
Tasting Note: 2011 Dirty + Rowdy Mourvèdre (California)
Conclusion: Just Drink the Stuff