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"Through the dramas of their wine-drinking characters, the (Tadashi Agi) instructs readers on how to taste wine. It’s hilarious, for sure, when a young woman swoons over a man’s decanting skills, but it’s also a great way to draw attention to the technical proficiency of a beautiful pour without getting too technical. And that’s what’s truly extraordinary about Drops of God: It makes learning about wine—which, let’s face it, can be a totally tedious thing for the non-obsessed—really fun... Seriously, this is juicy stuff!" -- GILT

“Absolute page-turner… It’s the sweeping two-page illustrations of taste-transporting moments (a shirt-tearing jam by rock band Queen, a maiden fleeing through strawberry fields) that better capture wine’s great allure than a thousand dry scribblings on history and weather conditions.” —Time Out New York

“An almost psychedelically beautiful work… It’s like Speed Racer crossed with Wine Spectator.” —The Daily Dish (LA Times)

“Visually stunning and effortlessly entertaining… To top it off, reading Drops is a trippy literary experience… Don’t be surprised if you crush this book in one night. It’s pretty impossible to put down once you pick it up.” —Bottlenotes (The Daily Sip)

“I have already ordered the second volume (out in December) and I guess that in terms of reviews that is a definitive statement.” —Wine Psych

“Presents some complex wine topics in an easy to understand manner, without talking down to the consumer… I urge all wine lovers to take a look, with an open mind, at The Drops of God. Give it a chance and you might be surprised at how much you enjoy it.”
—The Passionate Foodie

“Penchants for French wines drive the selection of vinos described with dramatic, often fanatical detail.” —Wine Enthusiast

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Shizuku Kanzaki is the son of a recently deceased, world renowned wine critic named Yutaka Kanzaki. In order to take ownership of his father's legacy, an extensive wine collection featuring some of the most rare labels of the last 30 years, he must find 13 wines, known as the "Twelve Apostles" and the heaven sent "Drops of God" that his father described in his will. But despite being an only child, Shizuku is not alone in this unique wine hunt. He has a competitor. Issei Tomine, a renowned young wine critic, was recently adapted into the Kanzaki family and is also vying for this most rare of prizes.

Shizuku has never drunk, nor had any previous knowledge about wines, but with strong senses of taste and smell, honed from years of time spent with his father, Shizuku accepts the challenge, albeit with a little push from a young sommelier in training named Miyabi. In many ways his mentor and his muse, Miyabi teaches Shizuku the basics of wine and allows Shizuku to nurture his given talents as he begins his journey across the globe in search of the 13 bottles his father has selected for him to someday taste.

In the second volume of the Drops of God, Shizuku has lost his family home, and now he must go search for the first of the Twelve Apostles of Wine. Not knowing where to start, he turns to his new friends and collabrators for guidance. However, this poses a new problem. The world of wine is vast and is full of history. Where does a complete novice start? And with a co-worker  who is madly obsessed with Italian wines, how will he ever find the proper perspective and direction needed to take on someone like the prince of wine criticism, Issei Tohmine?

To prepare himself Shizuku volunteers to participate in a unique wine tasting by one of Japan's up-and-coming wine traders and producers Saoin Wines. The same group that is funding Shizuku's rival Tohmine have established an event that showcases 100 unique wines together in a formal setting. This is a high-stakes wine event, where the most enjoyed wines will certainly be bought up at top dollar by the finest food and wine establishments of Asia. As a member of Taiyo Beers new Wine Sales Division, Shizuku must select  the best wine at this event. And even if the labels are not the best known, he will have to trust his senses and his own judgement of taste to pick the one true wine worth sales on the market today.

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A solid continuation to an ambitious series 15 décembre 2011
Par J. C. Kinder - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Manga (Japanese comic books) are a bit different from American comic books, in that they cover a much wider range of topics. There are, for example, extremely detailed and accurate sports manga, gambling manga, educational manga and, most relevant here, cooking manga. It's not all people with enormous eyes and stupid hair punching each other. This manga focuses on wine, and treats it with an impressive balance of seriousness and humor.

The central conceit is that the main character has a superb ability to taste and appreciate wine, but no experience drinking or buying it. It is through his eyes that the reader is introduced to various concepts in wine. That the teaching is delivered via a combination of superb art and cheerful humor certainly helps.

This volume focuses on two main stories- a restaurant which must impress a stern critic with it's pairing of wine with each dish, and a competition between French and Italian wines at reasonable prices. This calls for many tastings, discussions of terrior, the villages and grand crus of Burgundy and Bordaux, and a rather amusing discussion of introverted pino noirs. As opposed to the extroverted pinos of California or New Zealand, for example. In context, it all makes sense, and I certainly have found that some wines strike me as cheerful and approachable.

My only critique is that these books have a profound bias towards French wine. Its not that the authors dismiss wines from other regions (in this book the main character says that he is blown away by the quality of an Italian wine) its just that they like French wine better. They have said as much in interviews. Rather wonderfully, they compared California reds to Americans- big, cheerful and just a little too friendly for Japanese people. French wines are a bit more restrained and take more effort go get to know, a more comfortable arrangement for a reserved Japanese person.

I rate these books so highly because I know just enough about wines to know I don't know much at all. These books put into words and images a great deal I have often felt or thought about wine, and inspired me to learn even more. I strongly recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in wine.
Volume 2 just keeps getting better and better! 2 juillet 2012
Par Christopher Barrett - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
First let me start off by refuting some of the naysayers. Often the wines discussed in this series are thousands of dollars per bottle and rare. But would millions of people read this manga if it were about a young man inheriting a cellar full of Columbia Crest and B & G wines? Part of the allure of this series is in the characters' fascination with these old, rare, and exotic wines. But I point out that continuously in this series, the 'heroes' try and find the values. They are on a budget and like many of us, cannot afford Meo Camuzet and DRC as everyday wines. The one character who does have access to nearly unlimited quantities of rare wine is considered the 'villain' and is quite a jerky wine snob.

So the story basically follows along with the main character struggling to overcome his aversion to wine in order to claim his inheritance. His father left instructions in his will that either his son or his adopted son (the jerky snob) would inherit his cellar valued at 2 billion yen (about 25 million US dollars). He left instructions for his attorney to arrange a series of blind tastings of 12 wines (the apostles) and a final wine: The Drops of God (aka the God Wine). In a year the two potential inheritors must correctly identify these wines, the winner inheriting the estate.

Now it is nearly impossible for people to do what these two can, but that's part of the fun. I doubt that even the best wine tasters in the world could be sat at a table and served wines blindly and guess the vintage, producer, and type of wine exactly. Usually you kind of ballpark the region, possibly narrowing it down to several estates, then try and get close to the vintage. Something like an '82 Mouton vs an '81 Mouton would be easier than, say blindly tasting a Bordeaux and trying to guess that it is 1989 Cheval Blanc. But again, this is fiction.

But the wines are real. The stories behind the wines (such as the story of Henri Jayer) are real. Either the authors are HUGE wine aficionados or have amazing fact checkers. I cannot find any errors in their writing of these wines. I do also enjoy the main character often comparing the wines to art or music. In fact, his first taste of wine ever evokes a comparison to 70s rock band Queen (yay! for Freddie Mercury references!).

The characters are a little melodramatic, but the main characters are all pretty likable in their own way. The story moves along well, and a lot of time is spent on the characters tasting and discussing wine. It's very well played out, and I feel that it would be a perfect manga to convert into an anime.

I would highly recommend this manga to anyone who appreciates wine and can enjoy a comic based on the subject. Younger readers may not really grasp the full meaning behind the story, and possibly those unfamiliar with wine at any age may not really appreciate this. But even if you're a budding wine enthusiast who likes a good story, then give this a try. I have been reading manga for years (and am now in my 30s), and it's been awhile since a new manga series grabbed my attention like this one did. It has won many awards and even changed the amount of wine consumption in Asian countries. Several of the wineries mentioned even sell out once the issue is released. It's an original story, and I'm mad I didn't come up with the idea first!

Also of note: my partner has never read manga in her life, but I gave her a copy of this to read. She is hooked on it! So open a bottle, relax, read, sip, and enjoy!

Note: I did find one error in this issue. When discussing the 'noble rot' wines, someone mentions the classic two are Sauternes and "Balzac" , but it's actually Barsac. Not the most earth shattering spelling error ever. And it is in fact mariage when they italicize it. It caught me off guard at first. They do say marriage as well. But 'mariage' is the French term.
"A sunflower field... Sunflowers, drenched in sunlight, blooming proudly-" 18 juin 2012
Par para - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
The Drops of God Volume 2 continues directly from Volume 1. The plot and knowledge of wine on which it is based builds carefully and the series really must be read in order from the beginning.

In the previous volume Shizuku Kanzaki, estranged son of a world famous wine critic, has his first glass of wine in his life following his father's death. Finally beginning to appreciate his father's obsession, Shizuku sets out to learn enough to accomplish the challenge laid out in his father's will: beat a wine expert in a competition to identify thirteen wines from only descriptions written in the will.

This volume continues the wonderful balance of story and presentation of wine lore shown in Volume 1. Shizuku and Miyabi continue to be likable, energetic characters that are fun to follow and learn with. We see discussion of pairing wine complementarily with food and an interesting quest to find quality inexpensive wines, all leading to a competition between French and Italian wines.

As with the first volume the art and secondary characters really shine, elevating this engaging read even further. The pace is deliberate, but captivating all the same.

Not missing a step from the first volume, The Drops of God continues to be an amazing series that anyone with even a small interest in wine shouldn't miss.

Highly recommended.
update of oishinbo but focus on wine 15 octobre 2014
Par NiQ - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
it's really an updated version of oishinbo but emphasis on the wine. However, i learned more about food & wine reading oishinbo as it is so spot on[the most amazing part is that the info was written in the 80s & way ahead of its time as it is still true today]. This novel rambles about the wine but it's again is repetitive in what makes it a good wine & the imagery is somewhat stupid & hokey.

In oishinbo wine, it states that a lot of wine & sake by big beweries are processed by coal filtering which makes every wine taste the same. Consistency=artificial=fake. So I wonder when this series will bring this fact about reasonable price wines??
Indepth but engaging 3 juin 2014
Par Rob Vollmar - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I'm anything but a wine connoisseur but this manga makes learning about wines and what make them distinctive fun and interesting. Though the format reminds me of Oishinbo (a classic food manga), the art is a little sharper and the story enjoys a few more twists. If you like wine, this is for you. If you like good manga, you will find a lot to admire here.
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