Gerald Asher, who served as Gourmet's wine editor for 30 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 27 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.
©2001 Gerald Asher (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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Gerald Asher is a redoubtable British "wine personality" who has the enviable career of traveling to exotic countries, drinking the best they have to offer, and then writing about it.
A Vineyard in My Glass is the dashing memoir of Asher's vineyard apprenticeship in Europe when he was a young man, plus lots of local history about all the places he visited.
It was enjoyable to listen to and, sent me to the cupboard for a glass of wine.
I enjoyed the book from the perspective that the story of the wines themselves were told in conjunction with the story of the terroir. That was extremely informative and helpful.
The author occasionally would describe the growing conditions which allows certain wines to excel. However I got the book to learn more about wine in general but was soon lost by the various nuances of French wine producers, and found that I was learning little despite the time invested. This would be better for someone who already is quite knowledgeable about wines
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