How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto

How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto

by Eric Asimov


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061802522
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Eric Asimov is the chief wine critic of the New York Times, where his weekly column appears in the Dining section. He is married to Deborah Hofmann, has two sons, Jack and Peter, and lives in Manhattan.

Table of Contents

Wine Anxiety 1

Twenty-First-Century Connoisseur 14

The Blind Leading 30

The Ambiguity of Wine 41

Discovery 50

The Tyranny of the Tasting Note 80

Flirtation 97

New York Bound 109

Embrace 116

Seeking Higher Learning 136

The Arc of Discovery 148

Drinking by Numbers 164

Passion Rewarded 174

The Importance of Being Humble 187

The Home Wine School 201

An Expression of Culture 218

The Greatest Time to Love Wine 247

Acknowledgments 261

Index 265

What People are Saying About This

Hugh Johnson

“Eric Asimov sees through the snobby froth of 100-point scores and tutti-frutti tasting notes to the realities of wine, ‘staple grocery and occasional star,’ as he calls it. How to become America’s most trusted wine critic? Read it here.”

Kermit Lynch

“This book might have been titled A Healthy Dose of Fresh Air. How modestly and reasonably Asimov dares to slay the wine dragons. I reveled in each and every thrust and parry.”

Jancis Robinson

“A wonderfully intimate memoir-cum-manifesto from a writer comfortable with his own ability as a wine writer who’s not afraid to say it as it is. . . . One of the more enjoyable and fluid wine books to read all year.”

Ed Behr

“In his highly personal, utterly unpretentious book, Asimov makes clear that the most important thing about wine is enjoyment. Any deeper understanding—and for him food, culture, farming, and more count for a lot—depends on it.”

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