Jay McInerney compiled an anthology of wonderfully written stories with wine as the starring feature. I am a wine enthusiast and enjoyed the collection. Right now I can say I picked a hellava time to stop drinking my beloved vino with the insurrection that's going on aross our country. Oh well, I will continue to abstain a bit longer :-)
One of my favorite stories in this book was by Roald Dahl describing a wine tasting at a simple dinner party. It was a challenge by the host to stump guest Richard Pratt, a famous gourmet and president of Epicurus.
The bets were always high stakes; a case of expensive wine or use of a country estate. This time the host, Mike Schofield, was so sure he had Mr. Pratt at a loss that he impulsively bet his 18 year olf daughter's hand in marriage. The wine tasting and discussions (and arguements from Schofield's wife and daughter) were funny and alarming all at once.
Contributions are from Kermit Lynch, Biana Bosker (from her great narative Cork Dork), Bill Buford and more. Some stories are very funny and others are educational.