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A Carafe of Red by [Asher, Gerald]
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"A terrific introduction to one of the greatest wine writers of our times. . . . Complexity [that's] easy to savor."--Lara Douglass"Wine & Spirits Magazine" (02/01/2012)

"Simply put, no one writes like Asher anymore, and 'A Carafe of Red' serves as a capable introduction to his style and his work. As a study in effective, entertaining, and efficient wine prose, few authors even come close to Asher's celebrated ability to lucidly summarize the heart and soul of his subjects in only a few well-written and well-paced sentences. In that way, 'A Carafe of Red' is a short masterclass in wine prose."--Joe Roberts"1WineDude.com" (12/01/2013)

"This is a number of charming collected essays on various aspects of wine by one of the wine world's most stylish writers, historians and wine lovers."--Dan Berger"The Press Democrat" (03/19/2014)

"Asher's discussion of the most memorable wine in his life makes the reader want to learn more while they are entertained in the process."--Conal Gregory"The Scotsman" (12/15/2012)

A terrific introduction to one of the greatest wine writers of our times. . . . Complexity [that s] easy to savor. --Lara Douglass"Wine & Spirits Magazine" (02/01/2012)"

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Praise for Gerald Asher s "A Vineyard in My Glass: "
Gerald Asher s name snaps wine types to attention for good reason . . . shimmering, detailed prose [that] can often relay a wine s cultural tale in a single sentence. Jon Bonne, San Francisco Chronicle
There is a timelessness to his writing . . . a literary pleasure. Lettie Teague, The Wall Street Journal
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1007 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (7 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006K6D0X2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,815,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If your enjoyment of wine is more than pure alcohol consumption and you are not adverse to drifting off into a bit of a travel daydream, this book might be a pleasant companion for you.

International wine expert, merchant and author Gerald Asher has taken many of his published articles over the decades and polished them up and presented them into an anthology of fine wine writings, presenting many detailed accounts of wines from Europe and the Americas. Yet this is not another "how-to" wine guide but essays built around a wine region or type. Of course, through reading the various essays, the reader stands to gain quite a bit of knowledge but it would be fair to say it would be more background, scene-setting than helping you determine that the '76 was a much better year than the '75 and the whys and wherefores behind that decision.

Reviewing such anthologies is hard work as the reader forms a personal connection to the book, or not, as the case may be. Certainly the underlying material is interesting, comprehensive, encompassing and more-ish in nature. The writing is more welcoming and suitable for the general reader than being elitist and closed - an impression you sometimes get when reading about wines. A fine balance has been reached and the material does not feel dumbed-down. It might not be too much to suggest that even those who like to read travelogues yet have no deep passion for wine might additionally find this book to be worthy of a read.

A few negatives? Well it depends on your expectations. This is a book of text. It is not full of colour photographs (a shame!) with the fine text spread around them. This is an exercise of reading rather than just consuming. Will the reader feel cheated?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wine lovers who read will like this 8 Jan. 2013
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Format: Paperback
If your enjoyment of wine is more than pure alcohol consumption and you are not adverse to drifting off into a bit of a travel daydream, this book might be a pleasant companion for you.

International wine expert, merchant and author Gerald Asher has taken many of his published articles over the decades and polished them up and presented them into an anthology of fine wine writings, presenting many detailed accounts of wines from Europe and the Americas. Yet this is not another "how-to" wine guide but essays built around a wine region or type. Of course, through reading the various essays, the reader stands to gain quite a bit of knowledge but it would be fair to say it would be more background, scene-setting than helping you determine that the '76 was a much better year than the '75 and the whys and wherefores behind that decision.

Reviewing such anthologies is hard work as the reader forms a personal connection to the book, or not, as the case may be. Certainly the underlying material is interesting, comprehensive, encompassing and more-ish in nature. The writing is more welcoming and suitable for the general reader than being elitist and closed - an impression you sometimes get when reading about wines. A fine balance has been reached and the material does not feel dumbed-down. It might not be too much to suggest that even those who like to read travelogues yet have no deep passion for wine might additionally find this book to be worthy of a read.

A few negatives? Well it depends on your expectations. This is a book of text. It is not full of colour photographs (a shame!) with the fine text spread around them. This is an exercise of reading rather than just consuming. Will the reader feel cheated? It depends on what they thought they were getting and such text-rich books are less common in today's visual society. Apposite pictures would have made things even better but the rich text manages to still convey the entire scene. Some books use pictures at the expense of the quality of the text, yet with books of this kind if there was even a risk of dilution then it is probably best they are not used.

So all in all, this is a good little book. It could be ideal for hunkering down on the sofa with a bottle by your side, reading whilst getting warm from a roaring fire. Or, of course, ideal reading material whilst on a journey somewhere. A good excuse to lose yourself for a while in good written company.
5.0 out of 5 stars Stories that are Filled with Facts 1 Dec. 2013
By Harriet Lembeck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is filled with personal wine stories that are beautifully written, and which also give a lot of depth to the subject.
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Great book.
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