Red, White, and Drunk All Over (October 10, 2006)
by Dean Tudor
Red, White, and Drunk All Over (Doubleday Canada, 2006, 280 pages, $29.95 hard covers) is by Natalie MacLean, a Wine Writers' Circle of Canada colleague of mine. It is subtitled "A wine-soaked journey from grape to glass," with little about vineyards and more about grapes. She writes in a nifty magazine article style, and her chapters cover diverse themes such as Pinot Noir and Burgundy, Champagne, Zinfandel and California, Robert Parker versus Jancis Robinson, two US wine stores, Riedel glassware, matching wine with food while working as a guest sommelier, and an interview with Jay McInerney which seems out-of-place in the book, but no matter. There is little on Canada, which is surprising, but the book will certainly appear to an international audience. One carp: I wish publishers would get away from the notion that drinking is fun and that this fun attitude is needed in order to sell serious books. There is a lot of great material here, but I am loath to see the words "drunk all over" and "wine-soaked." I think it is demeaning and superficial, a sort of "nudge-nudge, wink-wink" attitude. But that's just me; you may have other thoughts.