"I've collected wine since the '70s, but I never thought about making it. Now that I've read this book, I really don't want to make it. I'll stick with drinking it."
– Sammy Hagar, singer/songwriter and founder of Cabo Wabo Tequila
"How refreshing! The world according to Arnold shows it isn't all Grand Cru and roses. This is the hilarious, honest, knock-it-off-the-pedestal account of how it really happens. We come away better informed, trusting our own palate, and with our vinous compass pointed to fun!"
– Richard Betts, master sommelier and cofounder of Betts & Scholl wines
"First Big Crush is a literary love child of Maxim and Wine Spectator: a raunchy, rollicking tale of a young guy's year in the vineyards of New Zealand, where his love of wine matures -- somewhat -- from the hunt for a cheap buzz to a genuine passion and appreciation."
– Ted Allen, host/narrator of the PBS series Uncorked: Wine Made Simple, food and wine specialist for Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and author of The Food You Want to Eat
"First Big Crush is unlike any wine book I've ever read, a hugely entertaining hybrid of the participatory journalism of George Plimpton, the hallucinatory journalism of Hunter Thompson, and frat house bathroom graffiti. He's a bull in the china shop of wine writing and it's a pleasure to see him breaking everything in sight."
– Jay McInerney, author of The Good Life
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