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
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.