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Red, White, and Drunk All Over

A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass
Narrated by: Natalie MacLean
Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

After three years of sipping, spitting, and slogging her way through bushy vine leaves and cellar cobwebs, award-winning writer Natalie MacLean takes listeners behind the scenes of the international wine world, exploring its history, visiting its most evocative places, and meeting some of its most charismatic personalities. 

In Red, White, and Drunk All Over, Natalie travels to the ancient vineyards of Burgundy to uncover the secrets of the pinot noir, the "heartbreak grape" from which some of the most coveted and expensive wines in the world are made. She visits the labyrinthine cellars of Champagne to examine the myths and the mystique of luxury bubbly and the grandes dames who made it the drink of celebration the world over. She pulls on sturdy boots to help with the harvest at the vineyards of iconoclastic Californian winemaker Randall Grahm and goes undercover as sommelier for a night in a five-star restaurant with a wine list the thickness of a phone book. She looks at the influence of powerful critics, notably Robert Parker and Jancis Robinson, invites listeners into her dining room for an informal wine tasting, and compares collecting notes at a bacchanalian dinner with novelist Jay McInerney. 

As funny and engaging as she is knowledgeable, Natalie has an unconventional wit, curiosity, and obsession with all things related to wine that make for a tour both amusing and informative, from grape to bottle to glass.

©2006, 2018 Natalie MacLean (P)2018 Natalie MacLean

Critic Reviews

“A galloping read, which educates, entertains, and amuses…[Natalie] is the George Plimpton of wine writers....” (Ann Noble, professor of viticulture, University of California, Davis)
 

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Excellent Narration!

Great information and really good narration. I originally thought there was no way I could listen to 12 hours worth of a wine book but she’s got great tone and kept it interesting. Loved it!

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3 Stars because only 3/5ths of the book is good

For a book about wine, the author seems to have run out of steam about 3/5th of the way through. The interview with Jay McInerney was a particular low.

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I lost track of time with this book!

So many great stories here ... she kept me listening the whole way through. The bonus - some awesome food and wine pairing advice for what she calls "the problem children" of the food world (cheese, chocolate, veggies, fast food, spicy food). She made me thirsty for wine and learning more about it!