The Last of the Wine

A Virago Modern Classic

Author: Mary Renault

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1405526254

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Athens and Sparta, the mighty city states of ancient Greece, locked together in a quarter century of conflict: the Peloponnesian War. Alexias the Athenian was born, passed through childhood and grew to manhood in those troubled years, that desperate and dangerous epoch when the golden age of Pericles was declining into uncertainty and fear for the future. Of good family, he and his friends are brought up and educated in the things of the intellect and in athletic and martial pursuits. They learn to hunt and to love, to wrestle and to question. And all the time his star of destiny is leading him towards the moment when he must stand alongside his greatest friend Lysis in the last great clash of arms between the cities.

The Last of the Wine

Pride and Prejudice Continues

Author: Marsha Altman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781517504717


Page: 770

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The path to true love is not always straight. Edmund Bingley is trying to divorce at a time when it takes no less than an Act of Parliament and even a king can't acquire one. His brother Charlie is hopelessly in love with someone he can never marry. And the last Darcy daughter is giving her living legend of a protective father a run for his money. Can Edmund find a way out of his loveless marriage? Can the family find the missing Cassandra Darcy before it's too late? With the help of old friends, former enemies, priests, monks, Romani, American diplomats, and Tibetan lamas, they'll have to find a way.In Altman's tenth and final installment of The Darcys and the Bingleys, life has come full circle for the original clan, who has watched its children grow, make mistakes, and take responsibility for themselves.

Der Weinatlas

Author: Hugh Johnson,Jancis Robinson


ISBN: 9783833812194

Category: Cooking

Page: 400

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Der Weinatlas, der große Klassiker der Weinliteratur, liegt nun als sechste und bisher auch umfangreichste Ausgabe vor. Erneut haben Jancis Robinson und Hugh Johnson die gesamte Weinwelt unter die Lupe genommen und führen den Leser kenntnisreich und kurzweilig durch alle Weinregionen der Welt zu den bedeutendsten Weinen und ihren Produzenten. 200 hervorragende Karten von Übersichtskarten bis zu Detailkarten im Maßstab 1:25.000 erklären die Herkunft und geografischen Hintergründe der besten Weine aus allen 5 Kontinenten. Der Weinatlas ist ein wertvoller und unverzichtbarer Begleiter durch die ganze Welt des Weins.

The Last of the Dinosaurs

Author: William L. Otto

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1491752661

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 286

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Some people float through life with never a care, a worry, or a problem, and others break their back to get through it. Author William L. Otto was one of those men. In "The Last of the Dinosaurs," he shares his story as well of the story of a family, an age, and a city. A businessman, veteran, father, son, player, operator, and friend, Otto grew up on the depression-era streets of the Bronx. His story begins with the hard scrabble life of a poor family doing what was necessary to survive, even as Otto's father took the meager amount they made to spend on drinking and gambling. Like many boys of that time, Otto did what he could to earn money for his family, regardless of the risks. Through hard work and hustle, Otto found himself in the office cleaning business, an industry populated with union bosses, power brokers, and the kind of mob-connected characters infamous around New York City. "The Last of the Dinosaurs" chronicles Otto's dealings with these colorful, but very real, figures in business and social circles His tales include friendships with Olympic champions, office brawls with union leaders, life-saving interventions from mob bosses, and showdowns with the city's most powerful figures. Despite Otto's resilience and hard work, he was eventually confronted with financial ruin, betrayal, and heartbreak from those he loved and trusted the most. He persevered and found happiness and peace with what remained, and to this day he remains indefatigable.

The Truth is in the Wine

A Novel

Author: Curtis Bunn

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1593095031

Category: Fiction

Page: 262

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There are some secrets that are better left that way In this gripping novel of twisted moral dilemmas, a man tries to save his troubled marriage by taking a trip to Napa Valley after secretly winning the lottery. Paul Wall s marriage is in trouble. In addition to losing his job, he loses all of his self-esteem, and soon his wife, Ginger, is as unhappy as he is. However, when Paul wins millions of dollars in the Georgia state lottery, he regains his pride and concocts a master plan to regain his wife s love. A passionate wine-drinker, Paul convinces Ginger to accompany him on a trip to romantic Napa Valley, where they could rekindle their relationship while enjoying the vast array of wines. But Paul keeps his winnings a secret; he wants to win her back on his own merits. Ginger insists her mom, a recent widow, travels with them. Paul then insists "his" mom, recently divorced, join them.

The Vineyard at the End of the World: Maverick Winemakers and the Rebirth of Malbec

Author: Ian Mount

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393083411

Category: Cooking

Page: 352

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"A definite must-read for Malbec drinkers everywhere.”—Lettie Teague, As wine connoisseurs know, Argentine wine was once famously bad. The grapes were overwatered, harvested in brutal heat, fermented in enormous cement pools, aged in antiquated oak vats, and then watered down and adulterated. The final product was industrial plonk, drinkable only on ice. But in 2001, a Cabernet Sauvignon / Malbec blend beat Napa and Bordeaux’s finest in a blind taste test. Suddenly, Argentina emerged as a premier wine region with a champion varietal—what best-selling author Benjamin Wallace calls “the humble Malbec.” How did this happen? Ian Mount’s vivid journey through Argentina’s Wild West explores the alchemy of weather, soil, and viticulture techniques that, on rare occasions, produce a legendary bottle of wine. He also investigates the dynamics of taste, status, and money that turned Malbec into a worldwide phenomenon. Profiling the larger-than-life figures who fueled the Malbec revolution—including celebrity oenologist Michel Rolland, acclaimed American winemaker Paul Hobbs, and the Mondavi-esque Catena family—Mount describes in colorful detail the brilliant innovations and backroom politics that put Malbec on the map. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the snow-capped Andes and Mendoza’s sweeping plains, The Vineyard at the End of the World tells the fascinating, four-hundred-year story of how a wine mecca arose in the Argentine desert. It is at once a sumptuous travel narrative, a riveting history of a fascinating region, and an intriguing business story in which a small group of passionate vintners remade their world.

The Wines of Spain

Author: Julian Jeffs

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1845336240

Category: Cooking

Page: 448

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The transformation of the Spanish wine industry over the last 20 years has been astonishing. From a state of very considerable decay it has re-invented itself with great vigour and style. Four decades ago such reputation as the wines of Spain had rested on the declining quality of Sherry and the occasional majestic Rioja towering above the surrounding sea of mediocre, oxidised table wines. "How things have changed!" exclaims Julian Jeffs in the introduction to his valuable The Wines of Spain, the latest addition to Faber and Faber's series of wine books. Over the course of two years Jeffs put in a great deal of intensive research in Spain, travelling the length and breadth of the country, visiting growers and tasting their wines. The effort has paid off in a wealth of engrossing detail. The volume is organised into sections dealing with the main provinces or geographical regions--Aragon, Catalunya, Andalucia and so on--then within those by the individual Denominacion de Origen (DO). Within each DO the leading or most interesting bodegas are profiled, allowing Jeffs to build up a cumulative portrait of the regional characters. Especially evocative are the portions of the book dealing with the ancient and distinguished Sherry houses in Andalucia, many of them of course founded in the 18th or 19th centuries by British or Irish merchants. The account of the great Bodegas Vega Sicilia in Castilla is emblematic of the progress of the entire Spanish wine industry: Producing some of the world's finest wine up to the 1920s, it fell into poor practices and the quality and reliability of the wine suffered badly. Under the modernising current owners the wine has regained its former reputation. According to Julian Jeffs, Vega Sicilia "is on a Wagnerian scale, with all that master's subtlety and complexity." --Robin Davidson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Captain Omega Volume II The Last of the Guardians

Author: Owner Scot Savage

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1387237934

Category: Fiction

Page: 157

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Here it is! The sequel you've dreaded! Captain Omega in his first novel-length adventure! Omega and his new sidekick are invited to an Imperial Royal Wedding on the peaceful world of Taran. Taran has been protected by knights known as "Guardians" but now only one remains. The evil Baron Talon wants to rule or, failing that, destroy Taran. Can Omega save Taran or is he his own worst enemy?

The Tuscan Year

Life and Food in an Italian Valley

Author: Elizabeth Romer

Publisher: North Point Press

ISBN: 1466840366

Category: Cooking

Page: 192

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The Tuscan Year recounts the daily life and food preparation of a family living on a farm in Tuscany. Elizabeth Romer chronicles each season's activities month by month: curing prosciutto and making salame in January, planting and cheesemaking in March, harvesting and threshing corn in July, hunting for wild muchrooms in September, and grape crushing in Ocober. Scattered throughout this lovely calendar are recipes—fresh bread and olive oil, grilled mushrooms, broad beans with ham, trout with fresh tomatoes and basil, chicken grilled with fresh sage and garlic, and apples baked with butter, sugar, and lemon peel, among many others. Alive with the rhythms of country tradition, The Tuscan Year is a treasure for the armchair traveler as well as the cook.

Last to Know

Author: Karen Mauck

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595815022

Category: Fiction

Page: 226

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Can a woman who doesn't remember her past trust a man who can't put the past behind him? Amanda Cross finds herself in a hospital bed, unsure of how she got there or, worse yet, who she is after an attack left her near death and with amnesia. Three people claim to know who she is: an overprotective sibling, a scheming ex-boyfriend, and the police detective assigned to her case who remembers all too well the past they shared together. All three may have ulterior motives for trying to help her regain her memory or not regain it at all. Amanda must struggle to recover her memory and learn whom to trust before her past comes back to haunt her.


Author: JAFK

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477104356

Category: Fiction

Page: 531

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Guido is the authors first novel he is a retired General and Electrical Contractor and lives with his wife in the wine country of Napa Valley California. He was born in Brooklyn New York and left at age thirty then traveled the country and eventually landed in San Francisco in the 1970. By amazing coincidence he met my wife with in the first month in San Francisco and she was also an expatriate from Brooklyn. His first job was in carpentry then buying and selling refurbished houses then started an Electrical contracting business in San Francisco. He moved on to hard wiring computer systems for telecommunications company in northern and central California until his retirement. He and his wife have two children a boy and a girl and two grandchildren. Guido was born in Florence in Tuscany but under the worst circumstances he was abandoned to the street as an urchin who has a telltale six fingers on his left hand. This will dog him the rest of his life. He is rescued by the Sisters of Clare and is taken to a doctor and his wife. He was home schooled by the doctors wife who was a linguist. He quickly accelerated his studies and was considered a genius at a very young age. Consequently he was fluent in reading and writing in all the romance languages. He was accepted into the University of Bologna the age of sixteen where he excelled in translating the ancient languages of Greek Latin and Hebrew. He finished his studies before his eighteenth birthday and returned to Florence. He was duped into following a man to Spain that he has unintentionally offended this starts his trek through Spain being pursued by the inquisition which eventually leads him the London where he begins his startling career.

Ein dreifach Hoch auf die Milchstrasse!

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Publisher: Kein & Aber AG

ISBN: 3036991700

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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Mit seinen fantastischen Erzählungen lädt einer der größten Schriftsteller seiner Zeit in eine wunderliche Welt ein und schafft Charaktere, die der Leser so schnell nicht vergessen wird: Diesmal begleitet Vonnegut einen Laborassistenten, der die Welt verändern will und ein Gerät erfindet, das einem persönliche Ratschläge ins Ohr flüstert – zu persönliche, wie sich herausstellt; einen gelangweilten Angestellten, der in seinem staubigen Büro zu seinem Lebensmut zurückfindet; die junge Selma, die den IQ mit dem Körpergewicht verwechselt und die ganze Schule durcheinanderbringt; einen mysteriösen Hypnotiseur, der Rumpelstilzchen heißt; einen Mann, der ein Raumschiff findet und Außerirdische bewirtet; Ameisen, die lesen und schreiben können, und Wahnsinnige, die auf Kommando morden.

Remarks on the Art of Making Wine

With Suggestions for the Application of Its Principles to the Improvement of Domestic Wines

Author: John Macculloch

Publisher: N.A


Category: Fruit wines

Page: 280

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The Song of Suburbia

Scenes from Suburban Life

Author: David Bouchier

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1462095038

Category: Humor

Page: 320

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Award-winning humorist and radio personality David Bouchier has been called "The H.L. Mencken of the subdivisions." He applies his satirical wit, wisdom, and a touch of philosophy to the everyday dramas of suburban life. In this second collection of essays, originally broadcast on National Public Radio stations WSHU and WSUF in Long Island and Connecticut, he explores and explains such quintessentially suburban themes as: the the trauma of an empty driveway; romance in the catering hall; a visit from the exterminator; the metaphysics of golf; and the lament of the suburban commuter.

The Last de Burgh

Author: Deborah Simmons

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1460303873

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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Destined for the convent, Emery Montbard disguises herself as a boy and enlists the help of chivalrous knight Nicholas de Burgh. From a proud, dynastic family, Nicholas has a strong code of honor—which is challenged when he notices the provocative curves of his mysterious companion. Doesn't she realize that she gives away her true identity every time she moves? But Nicholas also hides a secret—one that lies at the very heart of him and can never be revealed….