"Although I don't drink so much white wine, I do have a particular penchant for Corton-Charlemagne [white Burgundy]. It seems to have a desirable effect every time I¹m lucky enough to encounter a bottle, so on tour we often have a Latour detour." -Nick Rhodes
As some of you may know, Nick is an avid wine drinker and active participant in this new book, in book shops as of September 6, 2010.
Mark Oldman is the wine-obsessed best friend—wildly passionate, decidedly unsnobby, and forever eager to share his favorite new finds—we all wish we had. Now, in his irresistible new book, OLDMAN’S BRAVE NEW WORLD OF WINE [W. W. Norton & Company; September 2010; $19.95 paperback], he pulls back the curtain on the wine world’s best-kept secrets: lesser-known wines of moderate cost and maximum appeal.
Why should insiders have all the fun? That’s what Mark asked himself when he saw that, despite the unprecedented selections from around the world that have made their way to our local wine stores, most shoppers resign themselves to yet another boring Chardonnay or mediocre Merlot. Meanwhile, wine experts go into ecstasies about varieties like Txakoli and Gewürztraminer—wines that intimidate the rest of us because we can’t pronounce them, don’t know what to eat with them, and can’t be sure that they’re worth the risk.
Fortunately, with “drink bravely” as his battle cry, Mark has put together a completely original and entertaining guide to the wine world’s most exciting frontiers and best values. Each chapter introduces a “brave new pour,” giving us the lowdown on what the wine tastes like, where it comes from, how to spot a good bottle, how much to pay, what wine-enthusiast celebrities have to say about it (including Tom Colicchio, Nick Rhodes, Dan Aykroyd, Jodie Foster, and many, many others), and—thank goodness—how to pronounce it. Mark brings to this task his signature humor and flair, ensuring that every entry will make you laugh and make your mouth water. Consider this inspired description of the often-maligned rosé: “It is misjudged as the vinous equivalent of Mariah Carey’s hemline or Donald Trump’s hairline . . . [but] with better bottles, its bouquet will live up to its look, refreshing you with juicy red fruits like raspberries, cranberries, or watermelon, joined sometimes by floral essences, citrus fruits, or perhaps a whiff of minerals.”
Mark is the easily swallowed everyman of the wine world, and so you should prepare yourself for the best possible kind of sticker shock: most of his “brave new pours” cost just $15–25 a bottle, and many, like Vinho Verde and Muscadet, are downright steals at under $10. As if that weren’t enough to send you running to the nearest wine store or Web site, Mark also includes invaluable cheat sheets for each wine that are sure to inspire an unforgettable drinking experience.
This book is worth its weight in gold—or perhaps aged Madeira—for experienced wine drinkers who want to spice up their repertoires, intermediates who yearn to serve up lesser-known wines that will devastate their friends, and beginners who crave a perfectly curated guide to the ever-expanding choices that line their wine stores’ shelves. Mark’s enthusiasm is nothing short of infectious, and OLDMAN’S BRAVE NEW WORLD OF WINE is sure to transport readers into the blissful vinous territory just outside our comfort zones. In short, thanks to Mark Oldman, we will find ourselves drinking more bravely.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mark Oldman is one of the country’s leading wine personalities. He is a head judge for the PBS television series The Winemakers, contributes to top publications and Web sites, including selecting all of the wine for Everyday with Rachael Ray magazine, and lectures at the country’s top gastronomic festivals, such as the Aspen Food & Wine Classic and the South Beach Food Network Wine & Food Festival. His previous book, the best-selling Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wine, was called “perfect” by Wine Enthusiast and won the Georges Duboeuf Best Wine Book of the Year Award.
Visit Mark at www.markoldman.com.