GERALD ASHER QUOTES

author & wine expert (1932- )

It needs only a good bottle of wine for a roast chicken to be transformed into a banquet.

GERALD ASHER, The Pleasures of Wine

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Wine ... changing even as we taste it, delivers a message with meaning only in our response. If we are in the right key when we receive it, our eyes will shine and we shall radiate pleasure.

GERALD ASHER, The Pleasures of Wine

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Writing is a conversation, to me. The best kind. You can't get interrupted.

GERALD ASHER, speech at the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, Feb. 2011

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Inevitably I came to associate any wine I met with a specific place and a particular slant of history. I learned to perceive more than could be deduced from an analysis of the physical elements in the glass. For me, an important part of the pleasure of wine is its reflection of the total environment that produced it. If I find in a wine no hint of where it was grown, no mark of the summer when the fruit ripened, and no indication of the usages common among those who made it, I am frustrated and disappointed. Because that is what a good, honest wine should offer.

GERALD ASHER, introduction, A Vineyard in My Glass

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One thing I don't think that we have enough of in wine writing is the use of cause and effect. Whatever wine tastes like, whatever you're going to do with it, it is as it is for a reason.

GERALD ASHER, speech at the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, Feb. 2011

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Long ago, during my apprenticeship in the wine trade, I learned that wine is more than the sum of its parts, and more than an expression of its physical origin. The real significance of wine as the nexus of just about everything became clearer to me when I started writing about it. The more I read, the more I traveled, and the more questions I asked, the further I was pulled into the realms of history and economics, politics, literature, food, community, and all else that affects the way we live. Wine, I found, draws on everything and leads everywhere.

GERALD ASHER, introduction, A Carafe of Red

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