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"My goal in writing this book was to weave together my entire experience as a human being and put it into the context of wine," writes the author. "We have no substitute for wine in our civilization and culture. It touches everything we do, and every part of life we consider important." Lest he be accused of taking himself too seriously, Essman never fails to inject his own brand of wit into nearly every segment. "I don't want every reader to agree with my point of view," he states. "My real goal is to ignite ideas and discussion, and have a lot of fun in the process."

About the Author

Originally trained as an attorney, Elliot Essman has more recently established himself as a stimulating food and a wine writer. Elliot was nominated for the James Beard Foundation Journalism Award in 2005 for his writing in the "Beer, Wine or Spirits" category.

A great music lover, Elliot is creator of the musical comedy "Meet Me At The Mall" as well as the blues album "Blues Cookbook."

In addition to music and wine, Elliot enjoys writing poetry (there is poetry in all his books). He is a highly experienced and engaging public speaker.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (December 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143274903X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432749033
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,702,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jeffrey D. Callahan on January 13, 2010
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As a young man, a mentor advised me to find common ground with opponents over food and wine. They are the common denominators that all people share. It's on that kind of gut level that I find myself responding to Elliot Essman's book, Use Wine To Make Sense of the World. This is not just another wine book explaining the unique qualities of terrior in Argentina or the use of IGT designations in Tuscany. This book is written on that gut level where we all try to understand ourselves, where we struggle to relate to other people, where we cry, where we sing, and where we live our everyday lives. To this end, the book is not just for "wine people", but for everyone looking to understand themselves through a differnet and sensitive pair of eyes.
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Wine, women & song, what's not to love? Oh, great food too. This is a book touching all the senses.

I first encountered Elliott's writing at[...], and instantly recognized a thoughtful, insightful, sometimes impish personality lurking beyond the electrons. By the time Use Wine To Make Sense of the World arrived, I had a suspicion about the roads we were about to travel.

And a delightful journey it is. As an antidote to the reckless pace of life, nothing could be more highly recommended than to sit back with glass in hand and begin to explore, at a leisurely pace, the richness than lies within the pages of this book. Like many great wines it is complex, layered, sometimes surprising, but always pleasing. I personally have never smiled as much as when reading the ironic details of a year in the life of wine dating, and what it says about a sense of discovery in life, love and wine.

The world still doesn't always make sense to me, but I'm better off for having given it a try, glass in one hand and Use Wine To Make Sense in the other.
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Mr. Essman's book is a delightful change of pace from the typical wine books currently on the shelf. Instead of dwelling on mundane tasting notes and appellations, he brings deeper meaning to the subject of wine--encompassing art, history, culture, and philosophy. Wine is not just "a drink" for Essman. He enjoys every drop in his glass and teaches his reader along the way how to more fully appreciate wine as a savor of the earth, a gift of the vine that has been enjoyed and savored by man since Neolithic times.
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This charming book not only taught me about wine, but showed me how to use all of my senses to fully appreciate the experience. A wise teacher once advised me always to speak from my own experience; Elliot Essman does so with honesty and humor.
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I have always been philosophical about wine, so I did a double take when I saw this title. Using wine to make sense of the world is an investigation capable of being ruined. This does not happen with this excellent series of articles and pieces. I wished it was longer when I first read the book, but as time went by I found myself doing delightful thinking about wine, for which I have this unusual author to thank. One more section or subject and I wouldn't have time to pour any wine on my own.

A lot of the meat here has been covered by other reviewers, but I want to give a special mention to the section he called "Grapes, Vine and Vineyards" where he goes into a lot about wine terms in various languages. It helps tie together the breadth of the subject for me. A major part of wine's reach is the fact that it is so international. He really puts this in focus actually when he suggests we re-adopt the Anglo-Saxon term for grape: wine berry. Of course he is having fun with this, and with us, as he does many times in this book. He really engages the reader
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I just love this book. Not only does it make wine fit into everything we do and can think of to do in life, but it also creates a fun experience in thinking about how we remember people, places, music, and food based upon our perceptions of the world at the time. And, why not with a glass in hand--as us wine lovers say! Kudos to you, Elliott, for a wonderfully "sensible" read and a laugh or two or three or four (numbers anyone?). It made me thirsty for more for sure.
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I totally enjoyed Elliot Essman's book. It was informative and humorous and an unusual look at the world of wine. Mr. Essman suggests that we take wine seriously, but not so seriously that we lose our sense of fun. He suggests that we all should use wine to "dig deep into the experience of life". After reading this personal glimpse into the world of wine I think I shall pour a glass and read it again...forget the cheese, that is the perfect pairing.
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Not your usual wine book. He relates wine to aspects of life I never imagined. A whole lot of fun, and intellectually stimulating at the same time. I especially enjoyed the several sections on wine, women and song. Be sure to have a glass with you when you read it!
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