- 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: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,212,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Use Wine to Make Sense of the World Paperback – December 28, 2009
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From the Author
"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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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.
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
This is the message I found between the lines in Elliot Essman's insightful book, Use Wine to Make Sense of the World. While water is vital for life's survival, Essman explains why wine makes life worth living.
Through self-deprecating humor and deep intellect, Essman opens his soul and invites you in - glass in hand, of course. More so than sitting and reading a book though, I felt I was sitting Essman and having a conversation whereby he was guiding me through his life's experiences and encouraging me to dig deeper into own.
As a result, my personal appreciation of wine is far greater - I'm beginning to understand that wine does indeed have a sound - and that a good life, like wine, needs time and space.
If a part of you, too, cries when you place an empty wine bottle into the recycle bin (because the bottle deserves a better burial) then you will find a friend in this thought-provoking read. Cheers!