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Reading between the Wines Hardcover – September 9, 2010
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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
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Whether you are a professional in the wine industry, a dedicated wine collector or just enjoy tipping a good glass of white or red, consider this a must read. I had the pleasure of sharing this with a friend, long distance. He enjoyed the Kindle version, while I paged through my hard copy. We both enjoyed it so much that we fairly raced through the chapters. At the same time, neither of us could resist paging back for the immediate gratification of reading many parts yet again. You can feel the respect and profound love the author has come to have for the people, the earth, the vines ... as well as his great personal appreciation for coming to know the life of wine that the gods have bestowed upon him ... and he shares all of this with the reader, from his heart and soul.
You will find factual information here, along with many keen observations. You will find revelations that you may, in fact, have known all along but didn't realize until reading these very well expressed passages. You might not even agree with some of the author's opinions, but they will give you pause to think. In the end, my friend and I were left in awe - and in tears - with the intimacy of the stories in the last chapter of the book.
Just read it. You'll have no regrets. And now, for a glass of wine ...
Theise is an importer of wines -Austrian, German and Grower Champagnes.
His book will seriously challenge your relationship with wine.
What he promotes is timeless authenticity in wine. He is overthetop passionate and focused.
So much so that he rails against the New World and the world of engineered wines.
And he makes some very compelling arguments:
It has taken Old World 100's years to get things just right. No way New World can have done that in mere decades.
And the history of Family in the vineyard weighs heavily. Generations literally buried in the slate of the vines.
He seeks moments of clarity and rails against some universal perfection, preferring the flaws to create character.
He proudly stands behind his imports and is a prolific, talented and amusing writer.
Certainly don't always agree but certainly always entertained and most importantly educated.
His book has some fantastic tongue-in-cheek paragraphs on the 100 point system, for example.
And some priceless one-liners that may prove useful at a dinner party.
A tough to put down book for the hardcore wine lover. But may be a bit much for the merely curious.
Makes great gift with outstanding advice for anyone with more than a passing interest in vino.
A book that pays for itself.
Whilst one will probably not agree with every one of his viewpoints one will after reading this book have been stimulated and almost certainly been provoked into a clearer definition of their own viewpoint on the issues broached. I considers it a must read for all keen wine drinkers. I bought a copy for my daughter who isn't yet a real wine fanatic like her father and much to my satisfaction she has found the book most stimulating. She also made the insightful observation that much of Terry's claims for the authenticity and real appeal of wines was almost as equally applicable to food and the sourcing of ingredients. Great job Terry.