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How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto Hardcover – October 16, 2012
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“A wonderfully intimate memoir-cum-manifesto from a writer comfortable with his own ability as a wine writer who’s not afraid to say it as it is. . . . One of the more enjoyable and fluid wine books to read all year.” (Jancis Robinson)
“Wine aficionados are always bickering among themselves. . . . In his delicious new book, New York Times chief wine critic Eric Asimov cuts through all of this background noise and reminds us of the elemental and undeniable fact that wine is ... sheer pleasure.” (Oregon Live)
“Eric Asimov sees through the snobby froth of 100-point scores and tutti-frutti tasting notes to the realities of wine, ‘staple grocery and occasional star,’ as he calls it. How to become America’s most trusted wine critic? Read it here.” (Hugh Johnson)
“In his highly personal, utterly unpretentious book, Asimov makes clear that the most important thing about wine is enjoyment. Any deeper understanding--and for him food, culture, farming, and more count for a lot--depends on it.” (Ed Behr)
“This book might have been titled A Healthy Dose of Fresh Air. How modestly and reasonably Asimov dares to slay the wine dragons. I reveled in each and every thrust and parry.” (Kermit Lynch)
“Excellent . . . [a] thoughtful read. . . . Like a crisp glass of Sancerre, How to Love Wine is an especially refreshing breeze through the hot air and pretension that’s so prevalent in wine culture.” (Sacramento Bee)
“A friendly, well-written approach to enjoying wine, full of low-stress recommendations to help avoid wine anxiety.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Forget the snooty trappings of wine connoisseurshipjust drink up and enjoy, argues this simultaneously downtoearth and romantic meditation…. Asimov sprinkles in lively reminiscences of his journalism career and the idiosyncratic culture of wine cognoscenti, and enchants and reassures by his warm savoring of the drinking experience.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Wine fanatics, or those angling for entry to the world of wine, will find comfort in…Asimov’s downtoearth discussion of loving wine. Moreover, what he argues is most essential for a relationship with wine, and what’s most refreshing to read, is an approach free of anxiety and open to love.” (Booklist)
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This truly is a book by someone who loves wine for people who want to know more about it/learn how to love it.
It is a quick and great read.
Great summer read with a glass of yr favorite rose.
Having joined the wine industry about four years ago, I am always interested in a literate and intelligent explanation of wine that is connected to the true joy and pleasure of tasting. Coming from a food background, the language of wine and all of its eccentricities can be as tainted as an old cork. Eric tells a beautiful story about falling in love with wine one variety at a time.
I read his book on my return trip from The Unified Wine and Grape Symposium that is held in Sacramento each year. It is the leading North American wine trade show.
Eric and I share a lot in common so it makes the words even tastier as he serves them up in his memoir. Both he and I are Jewish and roughly the same age. We both were raised in loving homes as he describes in his book. He talks about summer camp in New England although not the same Camp Winadu I attended. He matriculated at Wesleyan college which was my first choice although I was rejected in 1972. (I went to The University of Pennsylvania) He writes about many of the landmark cultural icons that I admire from Charlie Mingus to Calvin Trillin. Best of all, he learned to cook from his mom which is similar to my own culinary education.
He talks about wine in such an unassuming way that it really makes me even more excited to taste and explore my own preferences. One quote from the book asserts,
"Wine is for drinking, not for tasting".
He rails against the urge to use obscure tasting notes that dissect a wine in a clinical way that forgets it is something to enjoy.Read more ›
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Just the book on wine I was looking for and needing. Inspirational. There is hope for someone who doesn't care about Parker ratings.Published 2 months ago by Robert C. Furstenau
Have you ever laughed out loud at the tasting notes on the back of a wine bottle (the faintest soupçon of asparagus and just a flutter of a nutty Edam cheese)? Read morePublished 10 months ago by E,James
Eric's writing is easy to follow and very engaging. He lets us know that drinking wine should be fun instead of tedious and stressful.Published 11 months ago by Josefa Concannon
What's the point of knowing more about wine if it isn't something important to you? Taking this seemingly obvious assertion as a a starting point, Eric Asimov writes an... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gustavo Lima
true to the title, the book is equal parts memoir and manifesto. Asimov is one of the best writers on wine out there and getting a glimpse into how he fell into wine was great. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jesse D.
A great read which is relatable and enjoyable for anyone, regardless of wine experience - all that is required is an interest in the topic. Read morePublished 24 months ago by William Haas
A very readable, interesting book that makes wine accessible and--dare I say--fun. The book makes sense. Read morePublished on November 18, 2013 by J. Marting