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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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By Anthony on 06-13-15

An adventure of wine and where it is made

This book is a collection of articles from Gourmet magazine about wine. This is an interesting book that helped me to understand the small differences in climate, terrain, soil, sunlight, and moisture change the wine from spectacular to ho hum and vice versa. The material is well written and delivered with finesse. I recommend this book.

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By Beverly on 04-14-15

An educational look at 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.

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By Gareth Noble on 04-23-16

A great collection of articles read well

I enjoyed the articles and focus on terrior as well as Ochlan's delivery. The way he delivers accented quotes is interesting and engaging, sometimes a little comical, but always effective at distinguishing between narrator and quoted text.

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