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A Vineyard in My Glass Hardcover – September 12, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1ST edition (September 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520270339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520270336
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,351,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“A chance to revisit the beauty of wine writing in pure form.”
(San Francisco Chronicle 2011-08-14)

“Amid a flood of mediocre, silly and pretentious wine writers, Asher stands out as a true craftsman and gentleman journalist who knows wine and can tell a story with wit and insight.”
(Sasha Paulsen Napa Valley Register 2011-12-01)

"Compelling. . . . A thoughtful, provocative journey."
(Mary Gorman-McAdams The Kitchn 2011-12-01)

“A fascinating read.”
(Bob Walch Watsonville Register-Pajaronian 2011-11-17)

“A terrific introduction to one of the greatest wine writers of our times. . . . Complexity [that’s] easy to savor.”
(Lara Douglass Wine & Spirits Magazine 2012-02-01)

"A master of wine writing, Asher entertains readers with a deliciously told story enriched by his passion for good food and wine."
(Gastronomica 2014-01-12)

From the Inside Flap

“Gerald Asher brought to Gourmet the magazine's most literate, scholarly, and civilized column. For a balanced view, a true feel for wine's values, he has no peer. And he is always a joy to read.”—Hugh Johnson, author of A Life Uncorked and The World Atlas of Wine

"Gerald Asher is amongst the most erudite men I know. With an exceptional palate, he appreciates wines of great elegance, subtlety, and finesse, and his writings capture the essence of many fine wines."—Christian Moueix, Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix

“Wine can occasionally be silken textured, as can its prose, especially in Gerald Asher's hands. He is the Maestro, the Doyen, and my inspiration since the 1970s.”—John Livingstone-Learmonth, author of The Wines of the Northern Rhône

"Gerald Asher's eye for telling detail makes for addictively readable prose"—Terry Theise, author of Reading between the Wines

“When it comes to style as well as substance, no one writing about wine in the English language comes close to Gerald Asher. These articles from Gourmet magazine are as fresh and informative as they were when initially published. A Vineyard in My Glass deserves a place on every wine lover’s bookshelf.”—Steve Heimoff, author of A Wine Journey Along the Russian River

In a wine world that is obsessed with points and descriptors, Gerald Asher’s writing is utterly refreshing. No matter his topic, he reminds us that the most interesting things about wine are the place it comes from and the people who make it.—Carole Meredith, Professor Emerita of Enology, UC Davis

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Doyle on September 24, 2011
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More proof that Asher is simply the best writer about wine there is, in large part because he brings so much else to his essays than merely the glass; his essays -- stories, really -- very smoothly bring history, geology, culture, botany, and most of all the fascinating people who grow and make the wines together into tales that elevate a reader's sense of not just the savory product of the work, but the manner of its making and the often-riveting men and women who imagined it into being. There really is no writer about wine like Asher today; his peers as writers are more Elizabeth David, MFK Fisher, and the best of the world's travel writers, who pay attention to people more than mere place. Yes, readers who are absorbed by wines and vintages and crus and estates will be delighted, for Asher is erudite, thoroughly traveled, vastly experienced in the business, and a master at gauging real quality; but the mark of his accomplishment as a writer is that his essays are enjoyable, entertaining, informative, and evocative for any and every reader. A master of two crafts, Gerald Asher; the wine trade, and telling stories of it.
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