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A Book for the Wine Lover That Hates to Read

A lot of wine books get published every year, and not many of them are very good, especially for wine lovers that would rather drink than read about wine. Even the well written ones fail to satisfy in one department -- they don't taste very good.

Perhaps this is what the publisher Kraken Opus was thinking when they came up with the idea for their newest wine book: The Wine Opus. Either that or they have a sinister plot to give hernias to the world's richest wine lovers -- at least those that do their own lifting.

Decanter magazine reports
that The Wine Opus, which is scheduled to be published in 2010 and which will showcase the world's top 100 wines, will weigh in at 850 pages and roughly 66 pounds, vastly exceeding the heaviest book that I own, The Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture (a measly 16 pounds).

But wait, there's more. In addition to the bragging rights to owning a book that you can get a workout while reading, you get six bottles of each wine mentioned in the book.

Yes, you heard that right. When you buy this wine book, it comes with six hundred bottles of wine. And it will only cost you (put your pinkie finger next to you mouth) one million dollars.

While they were at it, I'm surprised they didn't get Damien Hirst to create a diamond encrusted cover and sell it for $10 Million.

The book is available for pre-order, and any copies not reserved in advance will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

I'm just wondering what I need to do to get a review copy delivered by forklift.

Comments (10)

Jack Everitt wrote:
07.18.09 at 7:23 PM

Checking the calendar to if I've time traveled and March just ended.

Benito wrote:
07.18.09 at 8:29 PM

I'm wondering how big this monster is. A regular case of copy paper is 5,000 sheets and 50 lbs. Let's ditch the imperial system and stick to metric here...

A regular sheet of copy paper weighs 4.5 grams. Neglecting the covers and assuming the 850 page size, each page of this book would weigh 35.29 grams, or roughly as much as a hot dog.

I've seen some huge books in my day, but unless this thing is really gigantic or it's got thick metal plates in the covers, I can't imagine it being that heavy.

Not a skeptic, just got some experience in the print industry. (I'm thinking something got mistranslated along the way.) And I wouldn't say no to a review copy if it did include the wines. ;)


Alder wrote:
07.18.09 at 8:33 PM


Apparently it is 1.25 square meters in size. Take that area and multiply it by 850 and then make a wild assumption that they're using cover stock or thick watercolor paper instead of normal paper, and what does that add up to?

Jack Everitt wrote:
07.18.09 at 8:52 PM

"and what does that add up to?"



Sondra wrote:
07.19.09 at 12:13 PM

Maybe this weighty tome has the actual bottles included between its covers. A million dollars? So how many of these do you predict will be sold?

Francesco wrote:
07.20.09 at 6:53 AM

Any idea how much just the book costs?

Dylan wrote:
07.21.09 at 5:57 AM

No one has made the joke yet, so I feel compelled to add it myself: Not exactly a light read, wouldn't you say? Sorry, but it had to be said.

El Jefe wrote:
07.22.09 at 5:15 PM

For a million dollars they could include the forklift.

Jack Everitt wrote:
07.22.09 at 5:19 PM

I didn't see any mention of a six hundred bottle wine cellar unit that it ought to come with. Oh, is that an option for an extra $250,000, made of carbon fiber with "full access" via an iPhone app?

Sam wrote:
08.12.09 at 4:45 AM

Apparently the same publisher has a boxing book that covers the 100 greatest matches. It weighs 350 pounds!

So at 66 pounds, the wine book is a lightweight.


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