Wine Snob. The very phrase seems redundant. When faced with this snobbiest of snobberies, the civilian wine enthusiast needs the help of savvy translators like David Kamp and David Lynch. Their Wine Snob’s Dictionary delivers witty explication of both old-school oeno-obsessions (What's claret? Who's Michael Broadbent?) and such new-wave terms as "malolactic fermentation" and "fruit bomb." Among the other topics Kamp and Lynch demystify:
- Ah-So: the two-pronged cork extractor favored by connoisseurs over the more arriviste Rabbit corkscrew
- Harlan Estate: the ultimate cult winery, located in Napa and founded by real-estate developer and master Snob-manipulator Bill Harlan
- Terroir: that elusive quality of vineyard soil that has sommeliers talking of "gunflint," "leather," and "candied fruits"
Featuring ripe, luscious, full-bodied illustrations by Snob's Dictionary stalwart Ross MacDonald, The Wine Snob’s Dictionary is as heady and sparkling as a vintage Taittinger, only much less expensive... and much more giggle-inducing. Cheers!