Whether you're a connoisseur or a novice, already love wine or want to know it better, here is the book for you.
Eric Asimov, the acclaimed chief wine critic for the New York Times, has written a beautiful and thought-provoking combination memoir and manifesto, How to Love Wine.
With charm, wit, and intelligence, Asimov tells how he went from writing beer reviews for his high school newspaper on Long Island to the most coveted job in the industry. He evaluates the current wine culture, discussing trends both interesting and alarming, and celebrates the extraordinary pleasures of wine while, at the same time, questioning the conventional wisdom about wine.
"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." - Hugh Johnson
"Asimov sprinkles in lively reminiscences of his journalism career and the idiosyncratic culture of wine cognoscenti, and enchants and reassures by his warm savoring of the drinking experience." - Publishers Weekly
"A friendly, well-written approach to enjoying wine, full of low-stress recommendations to help avoid wine anxiety." - Kirkus
"Wine fanatics, or those angling for entry to the world of wine, will find comfort in Asimov's downtoearth discussion of loving wine. Moreover, what he argues is most essential for a relationship with wine, and what's most refreshing to read, is an approach free of anxiety and open to love." - Booklist
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Rated of 5
Helpful tour through a life in wine
I have always been a little put off by the emphasis on the all-knowing wine critics, unable to taste some of the flavors they emphasized (tobacco), not always understanding why a wine was rated above 90, but knowing what I liked. This book, besides describing how Eric Asimov learned to know and love wine (the most interesting part of the book for me), gave me a path and a validation for my tasting of wine, a much appreciated push in the right direction.
Rated of 5
Debbie-Lyn C. (Kitty Hawk, N.C.)
How To Love Wine
The title of this book is misleading. I wanted to gain knowledge of wine, maybe an insiders view to help in learning about different varieties, regions, foods to pair with, storage, etc. These topics are hinted upon after the slow beginning which was more about how the author came to enjoy wine and then become the NY Times wine critique. I do agree with his thoughts on wine notes and how silly they can be. I was interested in learning about how some wine taste tests are run. The chapter on The Home Wine School is where I obtained information that could be useful in teaching "How to Love Wine."
Rated of 5
Susan B. (Rutledge, MO)
Interesting – to the right crowd – but repetitive
In general I think only wine enthusiasts will appreciate this book. I found it interesting because I like wine and went through a phase of learning more about it several years ago, but those with only a casual interest may find it drops too many names and technical terms to enjoy.
The author's main message is that it is totally fine to simply enjoy wine-- without being snobby about it or having to understand or appreciate arcane tasting notes. It's a good message, but was repeated far too often. If you like wine and can skim, you may enjoy this book.
Rated of 5
Michelle C. (Atlanta, Georgia)
Wine for all
Mr. Asimov loves wine as well he should, and through this book tries to share that love with the readers, and encourage his readers to just enjoy wine and the atmosphere it helps provide, without worrying about the label too much or whether one chose the perfect bottle. The book had a slow start and was a little difficult to get through in the beginning. It does pick up, and Mr. Asimov is a talented writer.
Rated of 5
Anna S. (Auburn, AL)
At last, a book about wine for the rest of us. Asimov assures us that we don't have to be 'experts' to enjoy wine. He argues that enjoying wine should be, first of all, an emotional experience, and as our enjoyment increases, wanting to learn more about wine may follow. I particularly enjoyed his many anecdotes about his love affair with wine, and was delighted with his comments on tasting notes.
Rated of 5
Deanna W. (Port Jefferson, NY)
Still looking for the answer...
By reading this book I discovered how Mr. Asimov learned how to love wine. This is mildly interesting memoir. The author and I share a similar youth in NYC. This book is mostly about the author and did very little to enhance my love of wine.
Eric Asimov is the chief wine critic of the New York Times. His weekly column appears in the Dining section of the Times, and he contributes to the Diner's Journal blog on the Times's web site. Naturally, he is on Twitter, too, @EricAsimov.
Before he started writing full-time about wine in 2004, Asimov wrote primarily about restaurants and food. He created the $25 and Under restaurant reviews in 1992 and wrote them through 2004. He is a co-author of five editions of The New York Times Guide to Restaurants, and published four editions of $25 and Under: A Guide to the Best Inexpensive Restaurants in New York.
Asimov is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and did graduate work in American Civilization at the University of Texas at Austin. He is married to Deborah Hofmann, has two children, Jack and Peter, and lives in Manhattan.
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