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Continued Surveillance: Mostly True Stories of the Wine Business

Pairing Wine with Humor

by Jake Lorenzo
(Wine Patrol Press, 2010)

Continued Surveillance: Mostly True Stories of the Wine Business

In Continued Surveillance: Mostly True Stories of the Wine Business, his third book in the Surveillance series (after Cold Surveillance and Further Surveillance), Lance Cutler delves deeper into the fine wine industry, providing readers with a behind-the-scenes perspective.

Under the pseudonym Jake Lorenzo, Cutler, the former winemaker of Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma (now turned renegade writer and artist; he also has the distinction of winning Sonoma County’s Winemaker of the Year award in 1983), uses humor and an acute sense of observation to educate and entertain. Well-known for his involvement in the "hijacking" of the Napa Valley Wine Train, he is opinionated and controversial, and his informal, yet knowledgeable approach gives readers a sense of being insiders.

Cutler explains the inner workings of the wine industry through stories and personal anecdotes, and although the main focus is the wine business, his tales are ultimately about enjoying (and taking risks in) life—with stories like "Window Diving," where he explains his tradition of jumping, head-first, into the passenger seats of stopped cars with friends on Thanksgiving weekend.

Price: $17.95. For ordering information, email jake@winepatrol.com or call Wine Patrol Press at 707-996-5730.

 

Reviewed by Cara Trump


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