Overstreets New Wine Guide: Celebrating the New Wave in Winemaking Dennis Overstreet

ISBN: 9780517707845

Published: November 2nd 1999

Hardcover

272 pages


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Overstreets New Wine Guide: Celebrating the New Wave in Winemaking  by  Dennis Overstreet

Overstreets New Wine Guide: Celebrating the New Wave in Winemaking by Dennis Overstreet
November 2nd 1999 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 272 pages | ISBN: 9780517707845 | 3.21 Mb

Dennis Overstreet is a salesman. With the publication of Overstreets New Wine Guide, cowritten with David Gibbons, hes also a raconteur, a biographer, and an essayist. But above all, hes a salesman. Twenty-five years ago, he founded The WineMoreDennis Overstreet is a salesman. With the publication of Overstreets New Wine Guide, cowritten with David Gibbons, hes also a raconteur, a biographer, and an essayist. But above all, hes a salesman. Twenty-five years ago, he founded The Wine Merchant, Beverly Hills, a retail wine shop on Little Santa Monica in Canness sister city.

Today he continues with a book meant to help readers recognize and enjoy the finest wines in the world. In his effort to hip you to the best and the brightest, he weaves you through a volume chock full of historical fact, controversial theory (for example, he claims that phylloxera was the best thing to happen to California winemaking), and bravado (chapter 4, Buying with Confidence reads like the script for a Wine Merchant infomercial). Its no dry textbook, probably enjoyed best in sips rather than gulps. Though newcomers to wine will appreciate the list of grape types, notes on opening Champagne, and how to organize a tasting, Overstreets tome isnt really meant for novices- theyre liable to skin their knees tripping on the names he so abundantly drops.

The Mick Jagger/Cristal story and the dream-up-a-wine-for-a-celeb Whats My Wine? pages are less Riesling than Robin Leach (Overstreet offers Cameron Diaz a succulent, spicy Gewürztraminer), and a long chapter inviting restaurant wine staff to match a menu to wines, without giving the reader the recipes, smacks more of My Dinner with the Sommelier than booze news you can use.

But unqualified gems abound, too, such as Ten Smart Questions to Ask the Sommelier (Can you recommend something off the beaten track?). And any wine book that devotes half of its Washington section to Blackwood Canyons trippy winemaker Mike Moore deserves attention.Ultimately, the book is less a guide than the stylish writings of a savvy wine retailer operating on schmooze-control. Someday, Tina Brown will guest-edit an issue of Wine Spectator- until she does, theres Dennis Overstreet. --Tony Mason



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