Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.51 × 6.39 × 1.18 in
Published: October 27, 2009
Publisher: Random House of Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307357112
ISBN - 13: 9780307357113
Read from the Book
WHY WINE NEEDS CELLARING Wine is a difficult and finicky house guest. We''re lucky that wine doesn''t have its own voice; otherwise, it would spend most of the time complaining and we would have to send it for professional counselling. It would always be going on about something or other. Wine gets "bottle shock" when first introduced to the container in which it will spend its life, rather like an unsuccessful first date that turns into a lock-down arranged marriage. Wine doesn''t like to travel and has to rest several weeks on arrival at its destination before it gets back its mojo (balance). It has no desire to go to Florida for the winter; it doesn''t like fluctuations of temperature or being jostled by vibrations from machines (clothes dryers, compressors, dishwashers, elevators, trains, subways or passing traffic, etc.). It abhors bright light and heat and does not like the smell of paint, solvents, detergents or household refuse (strong odours can, over time, seep through the cork and affect the flavour of the wine). Given its finicky disposition, wine, if truth be told, probably suffers from agoraphobia: if those bottles in your basement had their way they would rather be slumbering in the dark, damp cellar where they were born and would not have to travel at all. But life is hard, and wines, like pets, are there for our enjoyment. And, like pets, wine responds best to kindly treatment rather than benign neglect or abuse. My heart bleeds when I see where
From the Publisher
Tony Aspler returns with a book for anyone who has fallen under the spell of the glorious grape — and dreamed of having their very own wine cellar.
Tony Aspler’s Cellar Book provides guidelines for anyone, whether their regular tipple is a $15-Australian or a $100-Bordeaux, who wants to keep a supply of wines that will age with grace and flavour and be ready to consume for a mid-week dinner or a spontaneous celebration. Tony’s suggestions for general approaches to establishing a cellar, specific bottles and even themes will help you create the perfect collection — big or small. Basic techniques for evaluating the right cellar for your needs are accompanied by sidebars of cellaring experience and advice from well-known wine celebrities. Follow Tony as he builds his own cellar in his condo, while picking up tips on how to build your own.
About the Author
Tony Aspler has been writing about wine for more than thirty years and today he is the most widely respected wine writer in Canada. He was been the wine columnist for the Toronto Star for over twenty years and has authored eleven books on wine and food. He writes for a number of international wine magazines and is involved in several charities. He lives in Toronto.
“Tony has a profound understanding of our wine industry, a meticulous eye for detail and a clarity of thought that translates beautifully onto the page.”
— Natalie MacLean
“Tony writes about wine with love, warmth, knowledge and a sense of humour. Enjoy.”
— Bonnie Stern