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sep 11 2015
#Budget Travel Reads: 'Wine in Words'
Teague has delivered the one wine book every Budget Traveler should keep on his or her shelf. Wine in Words can be savored one short chapter at a time or consulted as a handy reference on pairings (contrary to longstanding guff, for instance, white wines go better with cheese than reds), demystifying terminology (there's one word you should never use when describing a wine's texture and I'm not going to give it away), and the world's great wine regions...


THE WASHINGTON TIMES By Aram Bakshian Jr. August 26, 2015
 
Samuel Johnson reminded us that one of the disadvantages of wine is that it "makes a man mistake words for thoughts." Over the years, many a thoughtless word has been written about wine, ranging from uninformed blather to pretentious pontificating. All the more reason to be grateful for "Wine in Words" by Lettie Teague, wine columnist for The Wall Street Journal. In this brief, winning collection of miniature essays, Ms. Teague shares her knowledge of and love for wine with an easy charm and a sure touch.

Lettie Teague, author and wine columnist for The Wall Street Journal, also has a new book, "Wine in Words." Teague's light and entertaining read offers five essential words: acidity, aroma, balance, structure and texture. Knowing these five words may not lead to a better understanding of wine, Teague points out, but use of these words will make it sound like you do.
Pat Kettles The Anniston Star Aug 19, 2015

"The perfect book for oenophiles and oenophobes alike. Fun facts, crisp writing, and no pretensions. Lettie Teague has written the first and only wine book I could read from beginning to end without getting a hangover. Wine in Words should be on every bookshelf in America." —Nelson DeMille, novelist

“If Nora Ephron had been a wine journalist, her work would read like that of Lettie Teague.” —Peter Hellman, journalist, The New York Sun

"Lettie Teague’s Wine in Words can be joyfully paired with every reader who is seeking brilliant, entertaining, and incisive writing about all things wine." —Drew Nieporent, restaurateur, Tribeca Grill, Nobu, Bâtard

“Lettie Teague is a true original—witty, articulate, and in love with wine as well as fascinating people...One of America’s most gifted commentators on all things about wine.” —Robert M. Parker Jr., founder, The Wine Advocate

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Wine writer Lettie Teague — known for her blunt, chatty style that demystifies the cult of the grape without diluting its allure — has once again taken issue with highfalutin attitudes about the wine world. In her new book, Wine in Words, the Wall Street Journal wine columnist offers beginners a primer on the basics of acidity and structure, and gives wine snobs a piece of her mind. In quick-reading essays akin to small sips, Teague redeems Chablis, decries 'wine charms,' and wonders aloud about the future of wine in the state that spawned Snookie (hint: New Jersey.)" -Associated Press

"With ruminations on everything from wine regions to winery dogs, Wine in Words is an engaging read from a critic who is both knowledgeable and relatable. She’s aware of the ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) club, has come to learn that wine can sometimes 'just be an adjunct to a meal,' and is wise to the practice of regifting bottles. Hence, her rules for getting it right." -Vogue.com

About the Author

Lettie Teague is the wine columnist at The Wall Street Journal and the winner of three James Beard Awards. Formerly, Teague was the wine columnist at Food & Wine for ten years. She is the author of Educating Peter and the coauthor of Fear of Wine.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris (April 14, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847845435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847845439
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once upon a time, wine writers wrote the way Lettie Teague does now --- with charm, grace, and style. (I admit, most of them were Brits.) In addition, her new collection of delightful short essays is packed with useful information. By the time you complete her new book, you'll know three times as much about wine as you do now, and you'll find the reading pleasurable.Teague will mercifully deliver you from the new world of wine writing, which is about scores ("We have a 100-point winner!") and oddball aromas nobody but the writer could possibly comprehend ("pickled beef hearts!...sycamore fungus!... beetroot curds!") This book will rekindle your interest in wine writing. That's what it did for me.
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My copy of "Wine in Words" arrived today, and I zipped through it in advance of several spring events in which wine is a central player. That was lucky indeed, because I am far from confident in my knowledge. Reading Lettie Teague's accessible, pithy columns in the Wall Street Journal on Fridays and Saturdays always make me feel smarter. "Wine in Words" steps that feeling up times ten: this witty, wise, and wonderful book made me feel as if she were in my kitchen. The essays are concise and funny, like Teague herself.
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I started reading Wine in Words in the usual way. I began at the beginning, but quickly found myself flipping to random pages and reading whatever essays I found. It was so much fun! (Ultimately, I will go back to the beginning to be sure I didn’t miss anything.) This incredibly enjoyable book is packed with Lettie Teague’s wine knowledge at a very accessible level. Each essay is a gem, as much for information on wine as for her wisdom about people and her humor.
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A different view on the many kinds of wine and how best to enjoy them. Lettie Teague shares years of experience and offers tips on things you would never guess about wine and the industry. Update soon after: My best friend J in Anchorage received this surprise gift book today from me. This wine book is good enough to share and give as a gift.
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Lettie Teague makes learning about wine fun. That doesn’t mean what she writes is only for beginners, or superficial. Her many years of research and writing as a wine journalist at Food & Wine magazine and more recently at the Wall Street Journal have given her a depth of understanding and an approachable style that allows her to communicate information about wine in a way that you don’t have to be an expert to understand or enjoy. This is not a book to plow through from cover to cover. Each essay is a delectable little experience, like sipping a new wine or discovering a new favorite hors d’oeuvre. This is a book you can dip into time and time again over many months, and always find some new tidbit to savor. This would make a great gift for the wine lover or merely the wine curious.
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I have been involved in the wine business for ten years now and thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It was humorous, entertaining, and fun to read not always easy when the topic is wine. The attitude is light hearted and pure fun.
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Love it, love it, love it... As a wine pro, my wine library far exceeds wine, and is loaded with wine books. This one is a "keeper."

I just finished reading Lettie Teague’s Wine in Words, Notes for Better Drinking. Lettie is as much the resource as she is charming. Easy to read, personable, this valuable book is headed toward being one of the best wine books ever sold, historically… It’s a major keeper! Congratulations to Lettie Teague.

I have written a lot more: http://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2015/08/10/wine-in-words-2/
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I've been a fan of Lettie Teague for many years for her fun yet astute commentary. With her new book Wine in Words she had me laughing in minutes, inspired, enlightened, and brought down to earth. If you are new to wine read this book, if you are an old hand, as I am, you should read this book.

It is a collection of dozens of essays, each one a delicious taste of wine wisdom, all with a meaningful, ironic, funny or surprising point. Covering angles you never event thought of. Lettie encourages you to enjoy them slowly over time, “savored not gulped.” Never have I seen the story of wine and how it fills our life so richly explored and exposed.
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