What Makes a Wine Worth Drinking: In Praise of the Sublime

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5.5 X 8.5 X 1.0 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author
TERRY THEISE, winner of the James Beard Foundation's Award for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional, is an importer of boutique wines from Germany, Austria, and Champagne. He is the author of the award-winning book Reading Between the Wines, and his articles have appeared in The World of Fine Wine magazine.
"...I loved this book. Mr. Theise's companionable ruminations provide much to ponder, preferably with a glass of great wine."--Eric Asimov, The New York Times ("Best Wine Books of 2018")

"Grown-up wine writing, full of emotion...and, in these dangerously cynical times, exactly what we wine enthusiasts--we human beings--need."--The World of Fine Wine

"With Theise at the helm, a 'wine moment'...feels achievable, even to the novice. This intoxicating book illuminates a path to savoring good wine, body, and spirit."--Publishers Weekly

"Theise's fans, as well as those just meeting him for the first time, will revel as he leads us on an existential tour of wine." --Dave McIntyre, Washington Post

"Will charm any wine lover...Theise's impassioned and erudite writing inspires as well as instructs, and most certainly complements the complexity of your favorite wine." --Alder Yarrow, Vinography

"Terry's book is so much more than a guide to what makes wine worth drinking. It is the story of one man's complex love affair with wine, fraught with beauty, sadness, poignancy, wonderment, perplexity, and finally, surrender. If you're a wine drinker, this book will transform the way you think about wine. It did for me."--Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible and creator of WineSpeed

"Compelling and poetic, Terry Theise's latest book is an intricate look into his brilliant wine mind, and an invitation to join in his lifelong journey of understanding and appreciation. A great read!"--Rajat Parr, co-author of Secrets of the Sommeliers

"A deeply philosophical meditation on wine as a sort of technology of the sacred--or put another way, how the sacred finds its way into our lives through the humble medium of wine. As far as the 'right attitude' toward wine, Theise proposes something rather akin to Martin Buber's "I-Thou" relationship: an attitude beyond respect, indeed one of active reverence. If you are mystified (and who amongst us is not from time to time?) by the incredibly complex world of wine, Theise's modern Guide to the Vinously Perplexed is for you."--Randall Grahm, founder, Bonny Doon Vineyard

"An extraordinary book from one of today's most important voices in wine. With erudite vision and eloquently persuasive prose, Theise reflects on a lifelong relationship with wine, presenting wine as a companion rather than merely a consumable product, arguing the moral importance of value judgment and offering insights on why and how you should care about what you drink. This is mandatory reading for anyone seeking to engage wine on more than a superficial level."--Peter Liem, author of Champagne and ChampagneGuide.net

"The philosopher prince of American wine merchants reflects upon his craft in this deeply personal odyssey in wine. Seamlessly merging autobiography and wider contemplation, What Makes a Wine Worth Drinking is at once uproariously funny and seriously profound. Essential reading for anyone concerned about authenticity in food and drink."--Francis Percival, co-author, Reinventing the Wheel: Milk, Microbes, and the Fight for Real Cheese