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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Agate Surrey; First Edition edition (December 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572840978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572840973
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,490,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In an era when fine dining meant having coffee with your meal, Terlato was working to get a wine bottle on every table. In this breezy memoir with recipes, Terlato recounts his path, growing up in 1930s Italian-American Brooklyn and working at his father's liquor store, where he was drawn to the wines-an interest that led led him into distribution. While scouting Europe for wines marketable to Americans, rubbing elbows with top vintners and getting in on key trends-the introduction of Pinot Grigio to the U.S. was one of his major successes-Terlato built one of the country's most prestigious wine portfolios. Given his pivotal role in shaping America's wine market, it is unfortunate that he glosses over the specifics of his strategies. His hindsight makes his successes seem overly simplified, lacking any hint of struggle, and his failure to discuss the rest of the wine industry means that his own innovations lack context. Wine aficionados will nonetheless appreciate this chance to hear from a man who has kept a low profile, even as he influenced the landscape of American dining.
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"It's a nearly ubiquitous sight in Italian restaurants, and now [in his] autobiography [Terlato] tells how he introduced Santa Margherita pinot grigio to the United States."
— H. Lee Murphy, Crain’s Chicago Business

"One thing is for certain: Terlato knows a lot about wine."
—Sarah Tobol, Brooklyn Eagle

"This autobiography is a personable read in which Terlato talks about his close relationships with legends such as Alexis Lichine, Frank Schoonmaker, Robert Mondavi, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, Michel Chapoutier and Angelo Gaja."
—Sandra Silfven, Detroit News

"This is no tell-all book, but Terlato often reveals much by what he doesn't write. You sense the inner steel and discipline that made him a success in a competitive business."
—Bill Daley, Chicago Tribune

"Terlato has cast a large shadow across Chicago’s wine community for the better part of half a century...[and now] he has found time for recollection and reminiscence."
—William Rice, Chicago Magazine

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Format: Paperback
As a wine drinker and wine maker, I appreciate what Anthony Terlato has done for the wine industry and wine culture in America. Without good business people like him driving wine culture, Americans would not have found the wonderful wines that exist, and appreciate a good wine with their dinner. However, this book lacked passion or substance in the prose. It was a pretty dry recollection of Mr. Terlato's career and family, that just kind of ended with, "here's what we're doing today. Voila!" It did not have the heart and soul of "Passion on the Vine," where I felt like I really connected with Esposito's travels and the people he met. I did like all of the wonderful recipes included in the book complete with wine pairing suggestions, although a little distracting, since I read this book on the cardio machine at the gym. Overall, I appreciated the information relayed in this book as someone wanting to know more about wine culture in America, but didn't find the overall story very compelling.
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By red herring on September 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
Maybe it's because I read this book shortly after a great trip to Napa (during which I visited one of the author's vineyards and saw this book), or maybe because as a Chicago native I'm familiar with a lot of the places described in the book, or maybe because I spend a lot of time at the same lake in Wisconsin as does the author, but I just enjoyed the heck out of this book. Some people are fortunate enough to combine their life's passion with sound business sense, vision and just a ton of luck, and Tony Terlato is one of them. To have accomplished what he has and be able to write about it without arrogance or condescension is no simple feat, and Terlato accomplishes that. A fine read for anyone interested in wine or just a solid American success story.
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By mike zuehl on July 2, 2013
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This book greatly exceeded my expectations. And what an unexpected bonus to have so many terrifoc recipes at our fingertips.
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By Stephen Winston on February 6, 2010
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If I was not in the industry as a wine retailer, Anthony would have put me to sleep. He knows good wine is complex but in this book his writing is as soft and flabby as a jug of Gallo. If you want to read a wine industry eye opener, pick up a copy Ellen Hawkes' Blood and Wine.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By theheights17 on November 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of Pinot Grigio, so my friend sent me this book as a gift. Great story about Tony's success in bringing Pinot Grigio into the US. What I didn't expect is the impact that he's had on the wine business here in the US. This book is a quick read with amazing stories about Tony's pursuit of the American Dream through wine.
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