Recently I came across the book “Unquenchable – A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines” by Natalie MacLean. I feel like what I want to do with voluntourism, MacLean has done it with wine. I am not a fan of reading wine guides for entertainment purposes, but this book turned out to be a collection of personal stories with the backdrop of culture and travel, so definitely interesting to me!
Each day of the week, MacLean takes you on a personal journey to a different country, exploring the rich wine regions of the world from Germany to South Africa to Australia. Through her witty narrations, she talks about the history about the wines, the geography of the region and the evolution over the centuries. The book also includes references to wineries (including value producers) and complete dinner pairings. The best part about the book is that it flows in a story-telling fashion, making it as interesting to read as a travel journal.
Reading Unquenchable is like going on a wine tour around the world without ever leaving your couch. Her descriptive writing makes you feel like you are actually there with MacLean on her little adventures. To complete the experience, make sure you pour yourself a glass of your favorite glass while reading Unquenchable. As for me, I have to try Nero d’avola just because it reminded MacLean of Italian actor Roberto Benigni (Life is Beautiful) which happens to be my favorite movie of all times.