You Had Me at Pet-Nat: A Natural Wine-Soaked Memoir

Hachette. Oct. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9780306924743. $28. COOKING
Winemaker Signer (founder of Pipette magazine) navigates a burgeoning career and relationship against the backdrop of the natural wine in this breezy, accessible memoir. Readers meet Signer as a white writer and New York City waitress, as she begins to develop an interest in natural wine that ultimately sets her on a personal and professional journey across the globe. Along the way she finds herself exploring different aspects of this wine subculture and unexpectedly falls for a winemaker in Australia, pushing her to reexamine the life she imagined. The book is interspersed with regional history and background information about natural wine but will appeal to wine connoisseurs and novices alike. Signer is a curious, reflective writer throughout, but especially as she ultimately decides to follow her partner to Australia, settling in the city of Adelaide and learning about local wine culture. Readers will enjoy being introduced to the quirky, passionate characters who are dedicated to the craft of natural wine in her adopted home.
VERDICT A romantic, entertaining memoir of self-discovery. Fans of culinary and travel memoirs will be entertained.
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