Matt Kramer on Wine: A Matchless Collection of Columns, Essays, and Observations by America's Most Original and Lucid Wine Writer

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Oenophiles know: Matt Kramer is one of the world's most distinguished and insightful writers on wine. Author of the classic book Making Sense of Wine, Kramer has written about the subject for 32 years-and his full-page column in Wine Spectator has appeared in every issue for the last 14 years. The time is ripe for a retrospective, and here it is, covering topics from terroir to glassware to the various grapes and regions and personalities. Most of the essays are drawn from his work in Wine Spectator and The New ...
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Overview

Oenophiles know: Matt Kramer is one of the world's most distinguished and insightful writers on wine. Author of the classic book Making Sense of Wine, Kramer has written about the subject for 32 years-and his full-page column in Wine Spectator has appeared in every issue for the last 14 years. The time is ripe for a retrospective, and here it is, covering topics from terroir to glassware to the various grapes and regions and personalities. Most of the essays are drawn from his work in Wine Spectator and The New York Sun, along with excerpts from his books.
The material remains fresh, vibrant, and compulsively readable.
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Publishers Weekly
Veteran wine expert Kramer's (Making Sense of Burgundy) Wine Spectator column has given oenophiles plenty of drink for thought. Those new to the vine will appreciate this thoughtful collection of his articles and essays. Despite three decades of experience, his perspective and enthusiasm for wine and viniculture hasn't soured. Though his book is packed with winemaker profiles and expected insight on everything from the particulars of Bordeaux, the rise of California wines, and what it's like to taste wildly rare and expensive wines, it's Kramer's unabashed passion for the topic that matters. Whether gleefully excoriating the pomp and circumstance of the Institute of Masters of Wine, or debunking myths about the correlation between price and quality (none), Kramer proves himself a rare beast: the everyman expert. Tips such as the benefit of rinsing, or "seasoning," wine glasses with the wine about to be served, and essays on the true cost of producing a decent bottle of wine (about ten bucks) make this an informative overview of a much-loved subject, without the need for a dinner jacket and expensive glass. (Sept.)
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This journalistic retrospective features articles largely taken from Kramer's 32 years of writing for Wine Spectator and the New York Sun. Ranging from a paragraph to a page or two in length, these pieces, gathered into thematic chapters (e.g., "Tasting," "Running Away to Italy," "California Dreaming," "Burrowing Deep into Wine Lists and Wine Cellars"), require only intervallic commitments but never feel episodic or lack poignancy. Kramer's staying power and timeless appeal no doubt lie in his experimental writing and his ability to have respectful fun with what can be a stuffy genre. For enthusiasts who like to let things breathe a bit.
Eric Asimov
Mr. Kramer is a canny and original thinker who delights in offering new paradigms to better understand the wine world…You may not always agree with [him], but you will be challenged.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402771644
  • Publisher: Sterling Epicure
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 1,406,614
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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