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Liquid Memory: Why Wine Matters

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  3 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Guille
My first memory about wines comes from my grandma... in form of a small glass of amontillado in winter when I was little, the taste of a consommé with manzanilla, or the smell of the bodegas where I used to go to collect her bottles of wine.

This book is the best book that I've ever read about wines. Try, you don't regret it.
Daniel Zaharevitz
This book is in part an exposition of the author's thinking on wine and in part interviews and discussion with others in the wine business. I found the author's views to be dogmatic, overly serious, and generally what most would expect from a stereotypical wine snob. Fortunately, many of the interviews were with very interesting people and the author had the good sense to let their views come out on their own rather than filter them though his particular perspective. Overall I didn't regret taki ...more
Susanne
Gave up on, not because it was a difficult read or badly written - it wasn't terrible. It just wasn't the book I was hoping it would be.

I was looking for something deeper about "why wine matters." This book boils down to "this is when I was introduced to this wine" and "this is why I like/don't like it." Plus, much more wine snobbery than one would expect from someone who is claiming to dislike wine snobs.

One star because literally "I didn't like it." Others have obviously found value here.
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