Natalie MacLean’s Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines is one of the books that will remain on my active bookshelf as an important piece of reference material as well as being a great read.
In her quest, Ms. MacLean finds not only bargains, but also goes into some depths as she travels to different areas around the globe where wines are made. Her style of writing gives the reader an insiders view of what goes into the production of a wine in a particular region and what makes it so unique. For example her piece about the Rieslings of Germany gives a whole new appreciation of a wine that is often in our American viewpoint considered only for women and sissies. Although I have long appreciated a good Riesling, my understanding of it was heightened by what Ms. MacLean had to say.
Natalie MacLean’s humor and storytelling alone is worth the price of the book. Far from being a wine snob, she inserts in this book the pure joy of wine along with the many anecdotal comments as she continues her process of educating the reader. That being said, even if one has no interest in wine (oh, cruel throw of dice), Unquenchable will leave the reader with a sense of pure enjoyment at her excellent style, and if not careful, they may learn something of the various cultures and geography in this wonderful world of wine in which we live.
A very important aspect of Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines is its value as a reference. Ms. MacLean does not approach wine from the popular angles that make her love of wine and its buzz a fad, but gives the reader a truly fundamental basis for what wine is and how it is effect on the areas where individual varietals are produced.
Unquenchable is a must read for all who enjoy reading and an excellent reference for even the most advanced vinophile.