Vineyard Tales: Reflections on Wine

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Chronicle Books, 1996 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 287 pages
A Napa Valley Cabernet, a French Burgundy, an Orvieto Classico shared among friends in the Umbrian hills-every wine has a story, and Gerald Asher tells it best. Asher, longtime wine editor of Gourmet magazine, has an unsurpassed knowledge of vineyards, wineries, and wines. He also has the refreshing ability to write about wine informatively and entertainingly, without technical jargon. Now in paperback, Asher's delightful Vineyard Tales evaluates wines from around the world-from secret sun-drenched vineyards on Crete to the celebrated Champagne houses of France-setting each wine in the context of a region's history and culture. In addition, Asher offers an expert's advice on decanting, tasting, and serving wine. Connoisseurs looking for greater insight, novices seeking an introduction, or readers who simply want to enjoy armchair travel to the world's finest vineyards, will find Vineyard Tales irresistible-and discover that along the way they have also learned a great deal about wine.

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Page 285 - ... body of the god he shares in the god's attributes and powers. And when the god is a corngod, the corn is his proper body ; when he is a vine-god, the juice of the grape is his blood ; and so by eating the bread and drinking the wine the worshipper partakes of the real body and blood of his god. Thus the drinking of wine in the rites of a vine-god like Dionysus...
Page 287 - ... stands on the threshold of madness — in fact, he is already part of it even if his wildness which wishes to pass on into destructiveness still remains mercifully hidden. He has already been thrust out of everything secure, everything settled, out of every haven of thought and feeling, and has been flung into the primeval cosmic turmoil in which life, surrounded and intoxicated with death, undergoes eternal change and renewal.

About the author (1996)

Gerald Asher has been wine editor of Gourmet magazine for nearly thirty years. Born in the United Kingdom, he now divides his time between San Francisco and Paris.

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