The second wine book I’ve ever read. I’m not sure how I got to hear about this book, but it must have been through their website. Now how I got there has been lost in the mists of time.
Anyway, CJ & PK, as they call themselves, are two guys writing a rather funny to read and highly critical wine blog. They are not filthy rich so you don’t get reviews of the new Chateau Latour or Chateau Petrus bottlings, if you get a review at all.
What they do mostly is vent opinion on everything in the world of wine, and things just outside it. They’ve bundled their most popular posts in the book ‘Sediment, Two Gentlemen and their mid-life terroirs’.
As you might sometimes deduct from my own ramblings, I like cynicism. I think a good dose of it keeps things a bit more real and keeps me from getting my nose too high up in the air when it comes to whisky. If you’re like me and find the everyday of a booze industry interesting, this book might just be the thing for you.
In that cynicism, however, is also one of the biggest drawbacks of the book. At some I stopped believing they actually like wine, or the wine industry. Most of the articles are badly covered complaints on all things pompous in the wine industry, and the ridiculously bad wines you drink if you’re not part of that pompousness.
The other major drawback is that these are blog posts. This in itself, is not a bad thing but when you try to read Sediment as a book (which I did) it tends to get a little bit tedious. It works better if you leave it in the loo and read an article every time you’re taking a rest there.
Having said that, both CJ and PK are both clever and witty enough to keep every post relevant and got me laughing out loud on the train and the loo every now and then (not simultaneously, mind).
So, concluding, read this book if you like to read the excerpts of the Statler and Waldorf of the wine industry and how two, slightly grumpy, midlife gents try to worm their way into a life of enjoyable wines, and more often than not failing horribly.
The reports of those failures are fun to read, but you’d do best to spread out the reading of this book into a lot of short bits.
Sediment – Two Gentlemen and Their Mid-Life Terroirs, is available from Amazon.co.uk for £ 12.99