Wednesday, February 15, 2012

reading between the wines Book Review

Some wine books, much like some wines, sneak up on you and leave you enjoying them much more than you first expected. Thus was my experience with Terry Theise's reading between the wines (Berkeley, CA: University of California press, 2011). The preface to the paperback edition starts with writing that I can only describe as hippy-dippy or quasi-spiritual or something that I can't quite name but was unsure I liked. But the more I read the more I realized I was intrigued by his dry with and underhanded method of describing both wine and its impact in our lives. "Many wine, even good wines, let you taste the noise. But only the very best let you taste the silence." Usually I want the noise, but sometimes I taste a wine that simply is, which I think is what Theise is getting at, or at least that's my interpretation.

Then I really started to like him. From the introduction: "Old World wines ask you to dance with them. New World wines push you prone onto a chair and give you a lap dance, no touching." Pretty evocative.

The rest of the book is equally pleasurable reading. Definitely recommended as a worthy addition to your wine library.

Acclaimed importer and wine guru Terry Theise, long known for his top-notch portfolio and his illustrious writing, now offers this opinionated, idiosyncratic, and beautifully written testament to wine. What constitutes beauty in wine, and how do we appreciate it? What role does wine play in a soulful, sensual life? Can wines of place survive in a world of globalized styles and 100-point scoring systems? In his highly approachable style, Theise describes how wine can be a portal to aesthetic, emotional, even mystical experience—and he frankly asserts that these experiences are most likely to be inspired by wines from artisan producers. Along the way, Theise tells us a little about how he got where he is today, explores the meaning of wine in the lives of vintners he has known, and praises particular grape varieties. Reading between the Wines is a passionate tribute to wine—and to what it can say to us once we learn to listen.

About the Author: Terry Theise, winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional, is an importer of boutique wines from Germany, Austria, and Champagne. His articles have appeared in The World of Fine Wine magazine. He was Wine & Spirits magazine’s Man of the Year in 2001 and Food and Wine magazine’s Importer of the Year in 2006.

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Disclaimer: This book was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of the University of California Press. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give the book a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.

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