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A Vineyard in My Glass

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

“Gerald Asher brought to Gourmet the magazine's most literate, scholarly, and civilized column. For a balanced view, a true feel for wine's values, he has no peer. And he is always a joy to read.”—Hugh Johnson, author of A Life Uncorked and The World Atlas of Wine

"Gerald Asher is amongst the most erudite men I know. With an exceptional palate, he appreciates wines of great elegance, subtlety, and finesse, and his writings capture the essence of many fine wines."—Christian Moueix, Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix

“Wine can occasionally be silken textured, as can its prose, especially in Gerald Asher's hands. He is the Maestro, the Doyen, and my inspiration since the 1970s.”—John Livingstone-Learmonth, author of The Wines of the Northern Rhône

"Gerald Asher's eye for telling detail makes for addictively readable prose"—Terry Theise, author of Reading between the Wines

“When it comes to style as well as substance, no one writing about wine in the English language comes close to Gerald Asher. These articles from Gourmet magazine are as fresh and informative as they were when initially published. A Vineyard in My Glass deserves a place on every wine lovers bookshelf.”—Steve Heimoff, author of A Wine Journey Along the Russian River

In a wine world that is obsessed with points and descriptors, Gerald Ashers writing is utterly refreshing. No matter his topic, he reminds us that the most interesting things about wine are the place it comes from and the people who make it.—Carole Meredith, Professor Emerita of Enology, UC Davis

Synopsis:

Gerald Asher, who served as Gourmets wine editor for thirty years, has drawn together this selection of his essays, published in Gourmet and elsewhere, for the collective insight they give into why a wine should always be an expression of a place and a time. Guiding the reader through twenty-seven diverse wine regions in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and California, he shows how every wine worth drinking is a reflection of its terroir—in the broadest sense of that untranslatable word. In evocative reminiscences of wines, winemakers, and the meals he has had with them, he weaves together climate, terrain, and local history, sharing his knowledge and experience so skillfully that we learn as we are entertained and come to understand, gradually, that the meaning and pleasure of a wine lie always in the context of its origin and in the concurrence of where, how, and with whom we enjoy it.

About the Author

Gerald Asher is the author of The Pleasures of Wine, Vineyard Tales, Wine Journal, and On Wine. As an international wine merchant, he was decorated by the French Government in 1974 for his contribution to French viticulture, in 2001 was named Outstanding Wine Professional of the Year by the James Beard Foundation, and in 2009 was inducted into the Culinary Institute of Americas Vintners Hall of Fame.

Table of Contents

List of Maps

Introduction

Part One. France

Fronsac: Chalk and Clay, Legs and Thighs

Vouvray: Tufa and Temperate Summers

Côte Chalonnaise: Limestone Delicacy

White Wines of the Southern Rhône: A Fresh Look at Old Varieties

Muscadet: Ocean Breezes and Estuary Sands

Saint-Emilion: A Jumble of Soils

Chablis: A French Classic from Ancient Seashells

The Other Médoc: Vines and Windmills

Corton: Burgundys Magic Mountain

Roussillon: Sunlight in a Bottle

Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé: Terres Blanches, Caillottes, and Silex

Champagne: Location, Location, Location

Château Montrose: The Essential Saint-Estèphe

Part Two. Other European Wine Regions

Soave: Old Lava and New Politics

Saar and Ruwer: Riesling, Slate, and Long Summer Days

Brunello di Montalcino: Elegance from an Untamed Land

Rias Baixas–Albariño: A Fragrant Wine of the Sea

Vega Sicilia: A Legend at High Altitude

Part Three. California

Dry Creek Valley: An Easy Grace

Clarksburg: The Right Grape in the Right Place

Carneros: Wind, Fog, and Hardpan

Santa Barbara County: A Geological Quirk

Edna Valley: Marine Sediment and Volcanic Debris

Lodi: Where the Pacific Meets the Sierra Nevada

Mount Veeder: Vines among the Redwoods

Anderson Valley: Gravel and Cobblestones in Arcadia

Rutherford: The Heart of Napa Valley

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520274419
Author:
Asher, Gerald
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Wine & Spirits
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Wines of the World
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20120709
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 maps
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

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