All Eric Asimov Really Needs to Know About Life He Learned Drinking Wine

HOW TO LOVE WINE by Eric AsimovHow to Love Wine by Eric Asimov is one of my favorite books of the year. These are the things I love most about it: his fine, fine prose; his down to earth, reasonable approach to getting to know wine, and the personal stories he shares from his journey towards a full-blown love affair with wine. Eric, the Chief Wine Critic at the New York Times, writes about how to love wine with such grace and ease that as I read his memoir, I found myself picking out little nuggets of truth that applied not only to wine, but to life in general. I thoroughly recommend How to Love Wine as a read for yourself, and as a gift for the person in your life who you know savors a sip. But in the meantime, here are Asimov’s Insights into Living, and Drinking, Well.

“What’s in the glass at a particular moment almost never represents the full potential of a good wine. It offers a moment, a suggestion, which we can characterize, bit it is almost never completely knowable.”

I love this notion, and I find it to be true about the way I experience people, places, art, and motion (like running).

“The best way to write about wine is not to write about wine, or at least to write about it as part of a more intricate tableau.”

The best way to discuss anything might be thusly—not in isolation, but rather, in context.

“An open mind and an open heart are far more important [than memorized facts or recitable knowledge].”

“Wine is for drinking, not tasting.”

Life is for living, not waiting.

“Each element is certainly pleasing, but together they construct joy.”

It takes a village, right?

“Great wine is best experienced by the sense of wonder and intrigue it provokes.”

Wonder and intrigue is a fine standard for determining the greats of anything—people, art, natural locations, man-made marvels.

“A little perspective is in order.”

“Some of the greatest, most inspirational winemakers I’ve met have been some of the most modest, humble individuals I have known…modesty and humility stem from recognizing that humans will never have the ultimate power….It takes modesty and humility for winemakers to cede control, because they realize that ultimately they are subject to the whims and fortunes of nature.”

“What appeals…is the joy of discovery, not a bloodless consistency.”

“Independence requires absorbing many sides of a discussion but being able to make up your own mind.”

“The more you learn, the more questions you will ask.”

“It’s important to remember where things came from, and to retain at least an understanding of the past and semblance of continuity to it.”

“The simple emotional relationship with wine… is the basis for a lifelong attachment.”

It’s how all the most rewarding attachments start, right?



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