Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Jamie Ivey's top 10 books about wine

At the Guardian, London lawyer turned wine professional Jamie Ivey lists his top 10 books about wine.

Ivey's introduction to the list:
"Drinking wine is fun and reading about it should be as well. This selection might not please the purist, but it's as varied as a good cellar, with authors ranging from a 12th-century Persian poet to a Hollywood scriptwriter, and whether it's by a pool with a glass of rosé or curled on the couch with some warming rioja, the books below are the perfect accompaniment to your favourite tipple."
The title by the screenwriter:
Sideways by Rex Pickett

Miles loves Pinot Noir, his friend Jack likes women, and luckily the Californian vineyards are filled with both. So, just days before Jack's wedding, they head off into the vine-filled slopes for a last hurrah. Downing pitchers of wine at the appropriately named Hitching Post, Miles attempts to ignore the fact that his life is collapsing around him - he steals cash from his elderly mother, his novel is rejected by publishers and his best friend demonstrates a moral code as flexible as a cabinet minister's, fleeing naked from a lover's bed just hours before his nuptials. Comic and sad, there's also plenty of interesting stuff about wine, provided you don't drink Merlot. And it's all penned by the LA screenwriter Rex Pickett.
Read the entire list.

Jamie Ivey's Extremely Pale Rosé is out in paperback in June.

--Marshal Zeringue