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"The Essence of Wine is a kind of sensual geography that no wine lover should miss." -- Karen MacNeil, Author of The Wine Bible

"Alder Yarrow's The Essence of Wine is an inspirational guidebook in flavor exploration. His descriptions and wine suggestions paired with the gorgeous and evocative photos by Leigh Beisch will help you recognize aromas and flavors as you embark on the experiential journey of truly tasting wine for pleasure." -- Joyce Goldstein, Chef, Author, and Culinary Consultant


A coffee table book of amazing photographs about the flavors and aromas that make wine magical. With wine recommendations and essays.

This book is unlike any wine book ever produced. It is first an art book — an incredible collection of intimate images and accompanying prose that celebrate the different individual flavors and aromas found in wine. It is also an educational book and a wine guide, directing readers to easily findable wines that can broaden their horizons as wine drinkers.

The book will appeal to anyone who enjoys indulging their senses, from the foodie who wants a wine book that doesn’t read like a dictionary, to the wine novice looking to educate their palate. Even the wine connoisseur will return again and again to savor the beauty of these images with wine glass in hand and the book in their lap.

Here is a preview of some of the pages of the book:



In January of 2012 I began a collaboration with award-winning food photographer Leigh Beisch and art director / stylist Sara Slavin. The idea was to celebrate some of the singular flavors and aromas found in wine with a gorgeous photograph and a bit of prose. I called this series of vignettes The Essence of Wine, and it quickly became one of the more popular features on my blog.

Now the series of images, essays and wine recommendations are available as a stunning coffee table book, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing.

Press Coverage of The Essence of Wine:

San Jose Mercury News: Vinography's Alder Yarrow Pens First Book

Tom Wark's Fermentation: Finally Something New in the World of Wine



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