Author(s): John Saker
A glass of wine is the simplest of pleasures - elixir of love, soothing balm, forger of friendships and, according to novelist Ernest Hemingway, the greatest sensory enjoyment you can buy. Yet wine is also an enigma - the product of good fruit gone bad, an edgy mosaic of smells, tastes and even textures, and a huge international business with fierce rivalries. In this alluring book, leading New Zealand wine writer John Saker takes you on a personal voyage to the heart of the matter. Learn about wine's strange aromas, how the shape of a glass can change the taste, peculiar practices in wineries, glorious personalities, who decides if a wine is a winner, and secrets of the trade. How to Drink a Glass of Wine will enchant both the connoisseur and the quaffer who just wants to know more about the world's most beautiful and fascinating beverage. First published April 2005. How to Drink a Glass of Wine has received high praise from MARTIN BROWN of influential international wine site www.wine-searcher.com. 'John Saker writes with the passion and perception of the committed connoisseur, ' Brown says. 'How to Drink a Glass of Wine succeeds in offering the reader the vigorous and exciting sensations that we expect from top wines and top wine books. 'Brimming with entertaining anecdote, it will be a happy top-up to the wine-lover's bookshelf. Saker, he says, also writes confidently about the economic dynamics driving today's international wine trade. More advance praise has come from JACQUES LARDIERE, wine-maker at Burgundy's famous 150-year-old Maison Louis Jadot winery. 'To decide to love wine as John Saker does is to discover it in the fullest sense - to add joy and intelligence to one's life, rather than just years, ' LardiÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¨re says. 'Saker loves language, and knows how to use it; his touch is delicate and sure, ' ANNE FRENCH says in New Zealand Books And the Christchurch Press, has this ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¦witty and bright ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ vigorous and exiting. The anecdotes are funny, the information useful ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ the book is worth every centÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ enthuses Food Editor Kate Fraser in Zest ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¦ an enjoyable diversion for someone who already likes their wine and knows you can never learn enoughÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ says Andrew Holden in The Mainland section JOHN SAKER's features and columns have appeared in The Listener, North & South, National Business Review, Capital Times, Southern Skies and The Evening Post. He won the Cathay Pacific Travel Writing Award in 2002. A former pro basketballer, his book Tracing the Arc was published to wide acclaim in the 2003 Montana Estate essay series. He is currently wine columnist for Canvas in the Weekend Herald and for BMW Magazine.
"If you're going to read only one book about wine, make it this one. And if you've read them all, try this as a marvelous refresher." --Simon Wilson, "Cuisine" magazine
John Saker is an award-winning writer, a regular wine-columnist, and an avid wine enthusiast.