Every wine has a story. In this collection of elegantly written essays from the past 30 years, updated with a new introduction and endnotes, renowned author Gerald Asher informs wine enthusiasts with insightful, engrossing accounts of wines from Europe and America that offer just as much for those who simply enjoy vivid evocations of people and places. Asher puts wine in its context by taking the reader on a series of discursive journeys that start with the carafe at his elbow.
In his introduction, Asher says, "Wine . . . draws on everything and leads everywhere." Whether the subject is a supposedly simple red wine shared in a Parisian caf or a Napa Valley Cabernet tasted with its vintner, every essay in A Carafe of Red
is as pleasurable as the wines themselves.
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Nice writing, shame about the accents
Whenever the narrator comes to a quote from some French winemaker or aficionado, and there are quite a few in this book, he reads it in a fake French accent that sounds like something from Inspector Clouseau or perhaps a Monty Python sketch. He takes a similar tack with quotes from Italians, where he sounds like Joe Dolce doing his Shaddap you face...
Without the grating fake accents this book would have easily made a 4 star listening experience in my view.
No. I mean, he's fine when he's not putting on accents, but the Inspector Clouseau routine is really quite awful.
The writing is great. I should have read it in print.
- James Bishop
Wonderful anecdotal writing, awesome narration.