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Sunday, January 1, 2017


BESOTTED (Sonderho Press, 2016, 82 pages, ISBN 978-0-9917484-6-4, $25 CAD paperbound) is by Larry Horne, who works as sales manager for Calamus Winery in Niagara. He has spent 30 years in the broadcast sales business and then moved to St. Catharines in 2005. He began his quest for truth in wines in 1984, and this book is a cumulative memoir/diary of his adventures around the globe, subtitled: "My Love Affair with Wine". It's one person's account; your life may have varied...He's been motivated by his passion for all things wine, and thus has written a rich and zesty memoir that documents his status as a beginning wine taster, wine collector, amateur winemaker, grape grower and the Noble Rotters. Plus the Ontario Wine Society. Wine has also been the basis for his many international travels with his wife and wine-drinking partner, Alice (many food and wine writers seem to have wives named Alice). They have traveled to Kiwiland, Oz, Left Coast, Finger Lakes, Napa, Germany, France, and Tuscany in search of the ultimate wine-tasting experience, and these adventures figure prominently in his memoir/diary. If you want a paper copy of the book, send a cheque for $25 CAD (includes postage) to Larry Horne at #37-275 Pelham Road, St. Catharines, ON, L2S 3B9, and be sure to include your return address. The e-book is available via -
Audience and level of use: Canadian wine lovers.
The downside to this book: too quick a read that may end up in the john genre.
The upside to this book: it is actually a worthy contribution to the literature of the Canadian wine industry and history – there aren't too many memoirs like this one.
Quality/Price Rating: 88.

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