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How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto

Asimov, Eric

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ISBN 10: 0061802522 / ISBN 13: 9780061802522
Published by William Morrow, New York, 2012
Condition: Very Good + Hardcover
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First edition, stated; first printing, full number line. Inscribed and signed by the author on the title page: "To my uncle's favorite student, Stephen P--, who already loves wine. / Eric Asimov." An interesting association copy, given that Eric's uncle is, of course, the late (1920-1992), great Isaac, who according to Wikipedia has books published in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey decimal system (how'd he ever miss out on "100-Philosophy"??) . Book is unmarked; spine slanted and creased; corners sharp, spine ends bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $24.99). Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005700

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Title: How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto

Publisher: William Morrow, New York

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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Synopsis:

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.

Whether you’re a connoisseur or a novice, already love wine or want to know it better, How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto is the book for you.

From the Back Cover:

For many people, wine is an anxiety-inducing mystery as arcane as quantum physics, and with so many varieties, it's difficult to know what to choose. As New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov argues, that puzzling uncertainty often prevents people from buying and ordering wine, depriving them of an exquisite, deeply satisfying experience.

In How to Love Wine, Asimov examines why the American wine culture produces such feelings of anxiety and suggests how readers can overcome their fears and develop a sense of discovery and wonder as they explore the diversity and complexity of the world of wine. With warmth, candor, and intelligent authority, Asimov interweaves his professional knowledge and insights with engaging personal stories of his love affair with wine, a lifelong passion that began when he was a graduate student on a budget.

In a direct, down-to-earth manner, Asimov discusses favorite vineyards, wine's singular personalities, the "tyranny of tasting notes"—those meaningless, overwritten wine descriptions that often pass for criticism today—and current wine issues.

Throughout, he incorporates in-depth discussions of beautiful wines, both easy to find and rare, and pays special attention to those that have been particularly meaningful to him. Thought-provoking and enjoyable, How to Love Wine will help diminish readers' anxiety, bolster their confidence, and transform them into true wine lovers.

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