Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Wine writer teams with top illustrator to produce witty takes on wine lingo
Zealand wine columnist John Saker and illustrator and artist Scott Kennedy have
teamed up to create a new book that will have wine lovers chortling into their
– a wordplay on ‘vernacular’– the book takes 26 wine phrases and expressions,
one for each letter of the alphabet, and adorns them with Saker’s near poetic
descriptions and Kennedy’s utterly hilarious illustrations.
the expressions to get a serve are ‘bead’, ‘jammy, ‘kero’, ‘herbaceous’ and
is the latest
offering from innovative Wellington publisher Awa Press, which recently
partnered with the Arts Foundation for a series You Call This Art,
featuring Saker and fellow Awa Press authors Nick Bollinger and Matt Vance. The
series will air on National Radio this summer.
Kennedy, whose distinctive illustrations regularly appear in magazines,
newspapers and books in New Zealand, Australia, the United States and Canada,
approached Saker with the idea for the book after deciding the language of wine
was ripe for a bit of fun.
readily agreed. ‘The wine culture here and around the world can take itself far
too seriously,’ says the author of How to Drink a Glass of Wineand
Pinot Noir: The New Zealand Story. ‘Wine is certainly a serious business but at its heart it’s about
people relaxing and having a good time together.’
is wine columnist for Cuisine and The Sunday Star-Times and has
also written for the Listener, North & South and National
Business Review. His passion for wine began when he spent time in France as
a professional basketballer.
paintings and prints are held in collections around the world.
Vinacularwill be launched at Martin Bosley’s award-winning Wellington restaurant on
The perfect Christmas 2012 gift for everyone who enjoys life, love, laughter and good wine. Vinacular: A Wine Lover’s A–Z will be on sale in bookstores from
November 19. RRP $25.