A nicely structured, lightly acidic addition to the handy" Snob's Dictionary" series, decoding the baffling world of winespeak from A to Z.
Wine Snob. The very phrase seems redundant, doesn't it? When faced with this snobbiest of snobberies, the civilian wine enthusiast needs the help of savvy translators like David Kamp and David Lynch. Their" Wine Snob's Dictionary" delivers witty explication of both old-school oeno-obsessions (What's claret? Who's Michael Broadbent?) and such new-wave terms as "malolactic fermentation" and "fruit bomb." Among the other things Kamp and Lynch demystify:
Finish: the Snob code-term for "aftertaste." (Robert Parker includes the stopwatch-measured length of a wine's finish in his ratings.)
Meritage: an American wine classification that rhymes with "heritage," and should NEVER be pronounced "meri-TAHJ."
Terroir: that elusive quality of vineyard soil that has sommeliers talking of "gunflint," "leather," and "candied fruits"
Featuring ripe, luscious, full-bodied illustrations by "Snob's Dictionary" stalwart Ross MacDonald, " The Wine Snob's Dictionary" is as heady and sparkling as a vintage Taittinger, only much less expensive... and much more giggle-inducing. Cheers.
About the Author
DAVID KAMP is a writer and editor for" Vanity Fair" and the author of" The United States of Arugula,"" The Food Snob's Dictionary, The Film Snob's Dictionary," and" The Rock Snob's Dictionary," DAVID LYNCH is a James Beard Award-winning writer, sommelier, and restaurant manager, having served as wine director and general manager of Babbo Ristorante for seven years. Both authors live in New York City. ROSS MACDONALD's illustrations have appeared in many magazines, from" The New Yorker" to" The Wall Street Journal."
JOSEPH BASTIANICH is co-owner (with Mario Batali) of Babbo, Esca, Lupa, and Italian Wine Merchants, as well as (with Lidia Bastianich) Becco and Felidia, and has published extensively on the subject of Italian wine. He lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.
DAVID LYNCH is the wine director at Babbo and has been a senior editor at "Wine & Spirits. He lives in New York City.
"From the Hardcover edition.
ROSS MACDONALD's illustrations have appeared in "The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Harper s, The Atlantic Monthly, "and "Vanity Fair. "He has also written and illustrated several books for children and adults including "How to Speak Baseball, How to Speak Golf, "and "What Would Jesus Craft?"