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<i>Everything Happens for a Riesling</i> by Grace De Morgan

Everything Happens for a Riesling by Grace De Morgan [©Random House Australia ]


Finally. A funny, informative, unpretentious guide to being a confident wine drinker, no matter how much or little you know about the vino you consume.

Grace De Morgan is here to help you choose your own wine-venture, including some banger tips on selecting wines:

  • At a bar (Don’t be basic and choose the cheapest after the cheapest.)
  • At a restaurant (Avoid pairing pricey bottles with asparagus or artichokes. These hateful veggies are the taste equivalent of tone-deaf.)
  • For your family (Wine with low alcohol content is probably your safest option here, so your chances of outing your baby sister for pranging Dad’s car (after she claimed someone backed into her at Woolies) are substantially lower and you will live to fight another day)
  • For yourself (Why not buck the fads and try something that hasn’t been popular for a while, like sherry or merlot?)

Grace explores how to start a wine club, how to start your own cellar, how to decant wine and so much more. She’ll answer vino-related questions you didn’t even realise you had. Do wine glasses matter? Who (or what) is a gewürztraminer? Is boxed wine EVER okay?

In addition to wine regions of Australia and New Zealand, Grace also covers A Drunk History of Wine in Iran, Georgia and Armenia, Egypt and Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Germany, Algeria, Portugal, Spain, Chile, Argentina, USA, Canada, South Africa, China.

The book is peppered with helpful and funny quotes and tips from an expert panel including Ben Law (writer and wine enthusiast) Rosie Waterland (writer and wine enthusiast) Amanda Yallop (Head Sommelier at Quay) Tim Watkins (Head Sommelier at Automata) Samantha Connew (Winemaker at Stargazer Wines) Michael Ng (Winemaker at Ironcloud Wines) Mikey Ellis (Head of Culture at Vinomofo) and Becky Durham (Blackhearts & Sparrows, emerging winemaker).

Everything Happens for a Riesling is your not-so-fancy-pants guide to wine that says boo to acting like a snob.

About the Author

Grace De Morgan is a freelance writer, playwright and wine tragic. She has written for ATYP, Good News Week, Junkee,, Playwriting Australia, SBS Life, Seizure, the Sydney Morning Herald, VICE and the Wheeler Centre. You can find her on Instagram @wineinaonesie

Everything Happens for a Riesling by Grace De Morgan is published by Viking Australia and distributed by Penguin Australia (NSW; Nov 2018; Pb; 216pp; RRP A$29.99)

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