Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Teaser Tuesday Two-fer

I am reading wine books these days and have teasers from two of them:

The pale French morning sun blundered through the airport windows. In spite of my fatigue from the fretting and the jet lag, I was overcome by the prickly excitement one gets from being in another country with its different smells, foreign McDonald's menus, and drugstore products that somehow are more effective than the ones at home.

Corked by Kathryn Borel.

I laughed when I read this because the women in my family spend a lot of our travel time buying foreign drugstore products, convinced that the face mask will be more cleansing, the cuticle cream more healing, and the lip balm more moisturizing.

A perfect pinot should be lean on entry, expand in the middle of your palate, be smooth and clean as you swallow, and then linger a little when it is gone. If it lingers too much, if it's big and fat and fruity in your mouth, then it's not freshening your palate.

The Grail: A Year Ambling & Shambling Through an Oregon Vinyard in Pursuit of the Best Pinot Noir Wine in the Whole Wild World by Brian Doyle, quoting Jesse Lange, the winemaker at Lange Vineyard and Winery.

This book is actually about wine, unlike Corked, which is really about the relationship between the author and her father.I am learning a lot from this one, but it also makes me want to drink wine with lunch.

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.


  1. :) that looks like a fun book :)

  2. You chose a great teaser. I wanted to like this boo more than I did. My TT: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/05/teaser-tuesdays-dismantled.html

  3. Those both sound really good and fun. I have a notoriously bad palate so I think the second one may help me feel more...palatious, at least vicariously.

    My teaser is here.

  4. Marie -- I like them both. I finished Corked and am racing through The Grail. I think I found a theme I like. :)

    Jennifer -- Many people didn't seem to like Corked, but it hit me the right way. Thanks for the link!

    LKT -- Doyle has a nice way of writing about wine without being a wine snob. I am learning a lot but also just enjoying the stories he tells. Thanks for leaving your link.

  5. Two different books but two good teasers! My teaser is at The Crowded Leaf.

  6. Great teasers & they both sound like interesting books! Happy reading!

  7. Great Teasers! Here is my Teaser Tuesday:

    Feel free to stop by tomorrow for my review and GIVEAWAY of the book and a new ARC, by the same author, next Spring when it is released!

    Emma Michaels

  8. I see that you are something of an oenophile! Enjoy your books. My Tuesday Teaser is from Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson.

  9. That made me smile too. My mom is convinced that the water in other countries makes us more beautiful when we shower there, lol!

    Now I'm longing to travel AND drink wine. ;P

    My teaser is here.

    Happy reading. :)


  10. I decided to spend the next month learning about Greek wines (a subject about which I know nothing). I'll let you know if I find any gems to accompany your lunchtime reading :-)

  11. May I suggest a wine related book? It is The Vintage Caper by Peter Mayle......our old friend of Year in Provence. Takes place in Calif. and France, and is a mystery with wine facts and info thrown in.


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