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Liquid Memory

Why Wine Matters

Jonathan Nossiter

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Jonathan Nossiter, award-winning filmmaker and former sommelier, had his first taste of wine at the age of three in Paris, from his father’s fingertip. For him, wine is “memory in its most liquid and dynamic form,” an essential art. In Liquid Memory, the American expatriate takes readers on a cheeky insider’s investigation of the mysteries of terroir, the historical sense of place that makes wine unique.

Nossiter, who already created an uproar in the world of wine with his film Mondovino, here reveals how the tyranny of snobs, critics, and charlatans prevents us all from taking part in what should be a gloriously democratic bacchanalia. From the sacred wineshops of Paris to film locations in Rio de Janeiro, this singular journey invites us to consider how power influences taste and how one’s own taste might combat power in any sphere.

Unabashedly controversial, Liquid Memory has already riled the establishment, and it will continue to stimulate wine lovers and convert the skeptics for many years to come.

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Introduction
THE LIBERTY OF TASTE
This book is a highly personal journey through the liquid looking glass, an insider-outsider view of the world’s most mysterious, contradictory, and jubilatory drink. It’s an attempt to understand wine in its relation to culture (and even movies) and why that can bring pleasure to people who never even imagined putting a glass of wine to their lips (or for those who do drink but are, rightly, loath to talk). It might be a surprise to those justi.ably wary of winespeak and wine snobbery to imagine that wine could be as powerful an expression
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“Extremely entertaining . . . Nossiter makes a passionate case for the cultural importance of wine . . . Nossiter’s racy rudeness left me half drunk with pleasure.” —Jim Holt, The New York Times Book Review

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Jonathan Nossiter

  • Jonathan Nossiter is an award-winning filmmaker who has also worked as a sommelier at Balthazar in New York. His films have been featured at the Sundance, Berlin, and Cannes film festivals. He lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Liquid Memory

Why Wine Matters

Jonathan Nossiter

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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