Reading between the Wines

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Acclaimed importer and wine guru Terry Theise, long known for his top-notch portfolio and his illustrious writing, now offers this opinionated, idiosyncratic, and beautifully written testament to wine. What constitutes beauty in wine, and how do we appreciate it? What role does wine play in a soulful, sensual life? Can wines of place survive in a world of globalized styles and 100-point scoring systems? In his highly approachable style, Theise describes how wine can be a portal to aesthetic, emotional, even ...
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Overview


Acclaimed importer and wine guru Terry Theise, long known for his top-notch portfolio and his illustrious writing, now offers this opinionated, idiosyncratic, and beautifully written testament to wine. What constitutes beauty in wine, and how do we appreciate it? What role does wine play in a soulful, sensual life? Can wines of place survive in a world of globalized styles and 100-point scoring systems? In his highly approachable style, Theise describes how wine can be a portal to aesthetic, emotional, even mystical experience—and he frankly asserts that these experiences are most likely to be inspired by wines from artisan producers. Along the way, Theise tells us a little about how he got where he is today, explores the meaning of wine in the lives of vintners he has known, and praises particular grape varieties. Reading between the Wines is a passionate tribute to wine—and to what it can say to us once we learn to listen.
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Editorial Reviews

New York Times

“A consequential book, rich in ideas and powerful in feeling.”
-Hugh Johnson

"I read it almost in one gulp: he writes beautifully, uninhibitedly... almost, one might say, drunkenly... a man after my own heart."
The World Of Fine Wine

“Wise and funny, committed and sincere, but never dogmatic. . . .A passionate defense of the importance of wine.”
Washington Post

“Should be required reading for wine aficionados and also for newcomers who might not yet have put voice to their appetites for new and interesting wines. “
Serious Eats / Pithy & Cleaver

“A wine book that's so stunning, your glass will never look the same.”
SF Chronicle

“It's not even wine that Theise is really tackling. It's aesthetics. As such he skillfully reminds us of wine's timeless place in culture.”
Vinography

“Terry Theise, perhaps more than any other person, knows how to convey in words just how magical wine can be, and the world needs more of that.”
Bloomberg News

“Thiese is a man I’d like to drink with. Any wine. “
The Kitchn

“The book is a compelling read.. . . It draws you in as a thinker, makes you wonder and even compels you to argue back at times.”
Library Journal
Theise begins with a flashback of swigging from a communal bottle of rosé in the front row of a Faces concert. He admits that being seen drinking wine was far more alluring than the taste—he hated it. Fast-forward some 30 years, and Theise is a James Beard Award-winning importer of boutique wines from Germany, Austria, and Champagne. His conceit is that the transition from hate to love is a journey that begins by tasting at your own pace, vocalizing (using your own terms) what you like or don't like about a wine, and realizing that dislike is OK. A refreshing philosophy. Theise first demystifies how to experience wine then remystifies it by reinstating pleasure as what it's all about.
Eric Asimov
…challenges many conventional beliefs that make wine seem so arcane and hidebound. Tasting notes and scores? Useless. Perfection? An utter bore. Demystify wine? No. Mr. Theise urges that we "remystify" wine. I'm with him all the way…this is a consequential book, rich in ideas and powerful in feeling.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520265332
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/9/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,366,512
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author


Terry Theise, winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional, is an importer of boutique wines from Germany, Austria, and Champagne. His articles have appeared in The World of Fine Wine magazine. He was Wine & Spirits magazine’s Man of the Year in 2001 and Food and Wine magazine’s Importer of the Year in 2006.
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Table of Contents


Introduction

one Befriending Your Palate

two What Matters (and What Doesn't) in Wine

three Remystifying Wine

four The Three Humors

five Pressing Hot Buttons

six Of Places and Grapes

seven Wine from Outside

eight Wines That Mattered: Or, "The Dog Ate My Point Scores"

Acknowledgments

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  • Posted December 8, 2010

    Recommend

    Purchased this book for my husband as a gift. Cracked it open before wrapping and have not been able to put it down. Seems I'll need to wrap it with a bottle of wine and attach an explanatory note.

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  • Posted December 19, 2012

    Poetic and soul stirring on why wine is intrinsic to our lives.

    Poetic and soul stirring on why wine is intrinsic to our lives.  Reading this book will make you think more deeply and passionately about every future glass of wine you drink.  

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