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Reading between the Wines Hardcover – September 9, 2010
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"I read it almost in one gulp: he writes beautifully, uninhibitedly... almost, one might say, drunkenly... a man after my own heart."--"-Hugh Johnson"
"Wise and funny, committed and sincere, but never dogmatic. . . .A passionate defense of the importance of wine."--"The World of Fine Wine"
"Theise first demystifies how to experience wine, then remystifies it by reinstating pleasure as what it's all about." STARRED REVIEW--"Library Journal"
"It's not even wine that Theise is really tackling. It's aesthetics. As such he skillfully reminds us of wine's timeless place in culture."--"Sf Chronicle"
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"Terry Theise's humane, subtle and engaging book illustrates the superiority of wisdom to mere knowledge. Read and be richer."Andrew Jefford, columnist for Decanter and The World of Fine Wine
"Impassioned, insistent, and inimitable, Terry Theise is America's foremost wine philosopher. Lots of writers can explain the "what" of wine. Terry, uniquely, inspires us with the 'why'. I devoured Reading Between the Wines; it's the single best book I've ever read on why wine matters."Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible
"If you think you know something about wine, try Terry Theise's Reading Between the Wines because until you do, you haven't really started."Tom Stevenson, author of Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia
Top Customer Reviews
My bookshelves are burdened down with tomes about wine. They're bowed with the weight of books given biblical status for their wealth of information and books that serve as little more than romantic memoirs about wine-soaked lives. But there are very few--in fact only one other I can think of besides this, Nossiter's "Liquid Memory"--that exist as visceral dissertations on what wine does...move us. Theise's new book speaks of wine having the capability of being a portal to the mystic, and his conviction to this end is utterly seductive. There were points when I found myself reading his proselytizing out on my deck well past twilight, sometimes laughing out loud, sometimes nodding in passionate agreement, and other times lost in his candor. It's no small coincidence that Terry describes taking wine-tasting notes as often being obtrusive when you are engaged in what you've just experienced, because I felt the same about trying to take notes while reading this book--"it's like ignoring a rainbow so you can balance your checkbook.Read more ›
Terry Theise has got his chops down, no doubt about it. He sure as heck knows German and Austrian wines better than any human I know -- to the extent that his focus on these wines makes portions of this book a bit of a tough sled for a dyed in the wool Burgundy addict like me, and probably for other folks who aren't devoted accolytes of Riesling, Gruner Veltliner, Scheurebe and the like. It would be easier for me to connect with the book were it more focused on the wines, the growers and the land that I do know pretty well, which ain't Germany and Austria.
As others have said here, this is a heartfelt and insightful little book, full of wisdom and witticisms about the making and enjoyment of wine -- wine as an integral part of life and culture, not as an academic exercise, or a competition among Screaming Eagle swilling hedge fund managers who buy and drink by the Parker bible. For all that, Theise is not a Parker basher, like some others.Read more ›
To be sure, Theise isn't the first to espouse a conviction about the value of Old World wines that are authentic, terroir-based and in possession of a bent toward the transcendental, he's just the first in the last decade to write with enough clarity and generosity of spirit to potentially turn New World agnostics into Old World disciples, connecting with a new generation of wine enthusiasts for whom the lifestyle mavens and old media dogs are as relatable as a narc at a biker rally.
While reading the slim volume, losing myself in the theatre of my mind, I imagine Theise sitting across the table from me in the dining room of an old row house in a hardscrabble town, maybe Cleveland, Pittsburgh, or Upstate NY, somewhere suitably unfashionable, explaining to me his philosophy on wine -- and by proxy -- life. The education is just getting started when Theise says, at the end of the introduction, just pages into the book, "Confected wines are not designed for human beings; they are designed for `consumers.' Which do you want to be?" At this point, he has removed my defenses, punched me in the gut and put his arm around me whispering reassuringly that I am not that big of a jerk, there is still time to see the light; there is hope.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It never occurred to me that someone could write about wine with the rhapsodic, poetic passion usually reserved for music and the arts. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Deborah Barlow
An excellent little book as recommended by the New York Times. Expensive though. Fast shipping. Thank you.Published 15 months ago by Elise J. Mcclintick
When you're done with all the other books on wine, and wondering whether you've just wasted your life trying to understand something inexplicable, then I hope you'll take a few... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Subir Grewal
Some interesting anecdotes, but for the most part boring, and repetitive. Instead of buying this book, use the money to purchase one bottle of a Mosel wine represented by Mr. Read morePublished 18 months ago by M. William Feder
This is an essential for all those wine snobs or snouts, whatever you prefer.This puts your nose right where it belongs, smelling grape volatile hydrocarbons ans awakening scents... Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by leonard kraska
"Reading Between the Vines" isn't about varieties of wines or an "expert's" opinions about specific wines. Instead, in the context of Mr. Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by Z'sPantry
An excellent, thought provoking read. Wine and life intertwine through so much of our lives. The second best wine book that I have ever read. Bravo!Published on October 27, 2013 by Nicos Neocleous
Beautiful, honest, and accurate. This is a wine nerd's dream. If you're a robert parker afficionado, this may not be your cup of tea, but it's useful as a point of contrast, at... Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by S. Handwerker