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Liquid Memory: Why Wine Matters

by Jonathan Nossiter

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Interesting approach to wine appreciation in which the author argues that the evaluation of wine is a dynamic function of th wine, when and where it is drunk, what you know about how it was made and what you eat with it. The author makes frequent analogies between wine making and movie directors. I am too ignorant w.r.t. movies to appreciate these. Nevertheless some of his descriptions are very evocative.

The book is also a bit of a crusade against Robert Parker/Wine Spectator and others who claim to be able to evaluate wine objectively. I found it reassuring that there are least a view knowledgeable wine people who find the overblown descriptions by these reviewers hard to understand. ( )
  RobertKearney | Apr 19, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374272573, Hardcover)

Jonathan Nossiter, acclaimed filmmaker and former sommelier, had his first taste of wine at the age of three in Paris, from his father’s fingertip. For him, wine is “memory in its most liquid and dynamic form,” as essential an expression of culture as cinema, books, baseball, painting, even sex. With great wit and passion, he celebrates wine and its enthusiasts—and defends both from those who tell us what to drink and how to think about it.

In Liquid Memory, the American expatriate investigates the infinite mysteries of terroir, the historical sense of place that makes wine a living, thrilling expression of cultural identity that can stretch back centuries. The book is a deliriously joyful master class in locating the soul of a wine, and in learning to trust your own palate and desires. Nossiter, who has already created an uproar in the world of wine with his film Mondovino, arms us against the tyranny of snobs, critics, and charlatans who would prevent us from taking part in what should be a gloriously democratic bacchanalia.

From the sacred wine shops and three-star restaurants of Paris to the biodynamic vineyards of Burgundy, from the hipster bistros of New York to film locations in Rio de Janeiro and Athens, this singular journey invites us to consider how power, misused, can sometimes mask an absence of taste—and how our own personal taste can combat power in any sphere. A controversial bestseller in Europe, Liquid Memory is sure to rile the establishment, enlighten the thirsty, and reveal the inner life of the world’s most mysterious, contradictory, and jubilatory drink.

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"Jonathan Nossiter, an acclaimed film director and former sommelier, had his first taste of wine from his parents' fingertips in Paris at the age of three. For him, wine is 'memory in its most liquid and dynamic form', as essential an art form as cinema, literature, music, and painting. The American expatriate takes readers on a cheeky insider's investigation of the mysteries of terroir, the historical sense of place that makes wine unique. Nossiter, who already created an uproar in the world of wine with his film Mondovino, here reveals how the tyranny of snobs, critics, and charlatans prevents us all from taking part in what should be a gloriously democratic bacchanalia. From the sacred wineshops and three-star restaurants of Paris to the hipster bistros of New York and film locations in Rio de Janeiro, this singular journey invites the lay reader to consider how power influences taste and how one's own taste might combat power in any sphere." --Book jacket.… (more)

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