Is This Bottle Corked?: The Secret Life of Wine

By Kathleen Burk

We’ve all stumble upon these artful, convinced, and all-so-knowing books that let us know accurately what to drink with which dish, the right way to swirl, sniff, slosh, and pronounce on our wine, and, mainly, tips on how to galvanize our associates and company affiliates with our expertise.

Well, this isn't a kind of books. Is This Bottle Corked? is anything diverse: a booklet that poses–and answers–the rather important questions on wine.

•What used to be Falstaff consuming whilst he referred to as for extra sack?
•What used to be really inebriated at Plato’s Symposium?
•When is rot "noble"?
•Who was once the 1st American gourmet of wine–it wasn’t George Washington, yet talking of the overall, what was once his favourite wine?
•Why on the earth do wine connoisseurs speak like that?
•Was Pliny the Elder the 1st Robert Parker?
•Why will we drink to forget–and why doesn’t it work?

These and lots of different interesting, fun, and curious questions are responded inside, ensuring the reader a "Yes, yet were you aware . . .?" for each get together at which a cork is drawn.

Best learn with a pitcher of elderly German riesling, or even a gentle, consoling Constantia (recommended by way of Jane Austen for heartbreak and, in addition, gout) or perhaps even a tumbler of St. Anne’s Rhubarb and Ginger Wine, this e-book is as a lot for bon vivants and people people who simply get pleasure from an outstanding bottle or as for the dedicated oenophile.

Simply open, pour, and chill out.

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