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Sunday, August 16, 2009

BOOK REVIEW: Hesitating at the Cask


HESITATING AT THE CASK: reflections on spotting the differences between "Cellared in Canada" wines and "Vintners' Quality Alliance" wines. By Ann Tudor. Toronto: Molten Gold (a division of Gothic Epicures), 2009. 96p. pa. illus. ISBN 13-978-0-92000307-7. $15.00 plus $3.00 shipping & handling.

TO ORDER: Order through www.anntudor.ca (using PayPal) or email the author at atudor@pathcom.com.



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In this collection of wry essays, Ann Tudor says things about aging wine that no one else is saying. She offers insights, though no solutions. What she gives us, in her unique voice, is not inspirational writing about growing vines. Instead, the word "subversive" comes to mind. You might laugh or you might cry, but you will certainly have a different view of buying Canadian wines after reading this little book.


You might try to read it in small bites, one essay at a time, but you'll find it hard to stop reading once you've started. The second time around you can read it more slowly and savour each clever, pithy phrase.


Perhaps the prospect of the Land of Wine scares you. Well, it won't be nearly as lonely and frightening when you approach it in the company of this unorthodox author, whose frank response to the wine aging process will make you grin (and then grimace) with recognition.


Anyone who has ever grown vines, who is currently growing vines, or who suspects that growing vines is in his/her future will want to read this book—and then buy additional copies to share with friends.


Visit www.anntudor.ca, where you will be able to read one of the essays and learn about Ann Tudor's other work.



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