November 23, 2008

The Wine Snob’s Dictionary by David Kamp and David Lynch (Broadway Books, NY; $12.95)

A concise guide to annoying behavior at a tasting, dinner, or any other event involving wine, The Wine Snob’s Dictionary covers the most obnoxious jargon (breed, nose, mouthfeel, eye of the partridge and so on), names most frequently dropped (from cult cab maker Colgin to star sommeliers like Rajat Parr) and the “plumage and markings” common to different breeds of wine snobs. The latest in David Kamp’s series of Snob’s dictionaries, this volume got a hand from David Lynch, whose time as sommelier at Babbo has enriched it with some particularly cringe-worthy examples of snob-speak.

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