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Vintage Humor for Wine Lovers by Malcolm Kushner
reviewed by Dean Tudor
 (March 12, 2003)

Vintage Humor for Wine Lovers (Santa Cruz, Krushner Group, 2003, 168 pages, ISBN 0-9704598-9-0, $9.95US paper: <mk@kushnergroup.com>, POB 7509, Santa Cruz, CA 95061, or through amazon.com) is by Malcolm Kushner, who is a noted speaker and trainer of speakers, based in California, and who also uses a hefty chunk of humour in his presentations. He calls his book the world's first complete book of wine humour.

There are hundreds of funny quotes, definitions, weird and strange laws, jokes, anecdotes and news items about wine and alcohol. There are also some precious (all of my favourites) wine cartoons from The New Yorker. Thirteen chapters cover topics dealing with romance, health, service, tasting and toasting. Included are hilarious sendups of wine etiquette, wine snobs and wine tasting events.

All of the material is sourced, should you want to quote it in your own speech or writing (even Tony Aspler has a quote!). The cartoons have been licensed, not lifted, much material comes from the Internet, and there are also many self-penned stories.

Still, I would have liked more jokes that can be found in common parlance or attributed, such as Dan Berger's scoring of a wine based on the physical appearance of the bottle, or the nuns and chablis, or the funeral of a wine writer, etc.

For more quotes and jokes, one can also check my own website, www.ryerson.ca/~dtudor, as well as other websites (just Google "wine jokes" or "wine quotes").

What I don't like about this book: there are way too many general alcohol and drink jokes that are not wine-related.

What I do like about this book: the New Yorker cartoons and the original material.

QPR rating: 91, but you need to have a sense of humour...

 

 

 

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