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Wine & Book Group Pick for January '07

abstract:January is a great month to review your resolutions. If one of them is "read more books" or "taste more wine" then this is the group for you! Join our Wine & Book Group, meet other people, and use the author, book and wine information to meet those ny's resolutions. This month we feature Joseph Kanon's compelling thriller that has been adapted to film starring Cate Blanchett and George Clooney and directed by Steven Soderbergh.


January 01, 2007

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  • About the Author

    Joseph Kanon was educated at Harvard and at Trinity College, Cambridge. While still an undergraduate, he began a career in publishing as a reader for The Atlantic Monthly, and went on to a series of editorial and managerial positions, including President and CEO of E.P. Dutton, and Executive Vice-President at Houghton Mifflin as head of Trade and Reference Publishing. In 1995 he wrote his first book, Los Alamos, an historical thriller set during the last months of the Manhattan Project. The book was a best-seller, translated into 18 languages, and won the Edgar Award for best first novel. Subsequent books were The Prodigal Spy, The Good German, and Alibi. He lives in New York with his wife and two sons.—

    About the Book

    Berlin at zero hour is like nowhere else -- a tragedy, and a feverish party after the end the world. And nothing is simple -- not the murder of a soldier and not any of the lives, American and German, that Jake encounters as he tries solve it. More unsolvable still is the larger crime that hangs over everything in 1945, a crime so huge it seems beyond punishment.  View the trailer  View IMDb

    About the Wines

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    Dönnhoff Riesling 2005

    Contrary to common thought, German wines -- Riesling in particular -- are not sweet. Unconvinced? This one will change your mind forever. Wine made with the noblest of the noble German grapes, the Dönnhoff has been described as haunting, magical and breathtaking. Aromas of flowers and minerals jump from the glass. Loads of juicy fruit and a spicy punch of acidity excite the palate. Riesling is extremely food friendly, so try this with just about any red meat dish -- or sushi and Asian fare. Who picked the grapes? Most of the harvest workers in Germany are middle-aged and elderly women.

    Albert Mann Gewurztraminer 2004

    This well-structured Gewurztraminer comes from the Alsace region of France, next to the German border. The vineyards lie in a narrow ribbon along the flank of the Vosges Mountains, at an altitude of up to 1200 feet. Traditionally aromatic wines with floral, exotic fruit and spice notes --“Gewurtz” is German for “spice” -- this crisp white wine has a lovely freshness and well-balanced acidity. Imagine rose petals on the nose and lychee and white pepper on the palate. Match with roasted pork finished with a fruit sauce.

    Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Spatlese 2004

    The Dönnhoff family is one the great German vintners credited with reintroducing Riesling to the modern drinker. From the banks of the Naje River, the most geographically diverse area of Germany’s wine regions, comes this charged-with-minerals Riesling. Spatlese means “late harvest” in German, which results in riper grapes. This medium-bodied beauty has a nose redolent of lime and peach, and splashy tropical fruit flavors nicely balanced by acidity. Pair it with wild mushrooms, fish or a bright green salad with fruit. The lingering finish will leave you reaching for another sip. —wine notes from our partners

    Previous Wine & Book Group Picks
    • December The Historian set in Eastern Europe
    • November One Good Turn set in Edinburgh
    • September Lost in the Forest set in Napa Valley
    • August The Hummingbird's Daughter set in Mexico
    • July The Devil Wears Prada set in NYC
    • June Woolf in Ceylon set in Ceylon
    • May Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living Australia
    • April The Mermaid Chair set in South Carolina
    • March Memoirs of a Geisha set in Japan
    • February Get a Life set in South Africa
    • January The Shadow of the Wind set in Barcelona
    • December Pride and Prejudice set in England
    • November Beyond Measure set in Renaissance Italy
    • October Breakfast at Tiffany's set in New York



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