Category: The Essence of Wine

The Essence of Wine is Ready to Buy!

It is with great pleasure that I announce the official publishing and general availability of my book The Essence of

Introducing The Essence of Wine Book

Almost two years ago now, I began a collaboration with superstar food photographer Leigh Beisch that I called The Essence

The Essence of Wine: Flaws

Image © 2013 Leigh Beisch The essence that is not an essence. Universally unloved, the flaws in wine are as

The Essence of Wine: Oak

Image © 2013 Leigh Beisch Few have actually spent time gnawing on a piece of oak, but some know the

The Essence of Wine: Passionfruit

Image © 2013 Leigh Beisch The fruit takes its name from the vine on which it grows. But no matter

The Essence of Wine: Violets

Image © 2013 Leigh Beisch Before it was the perfume of our sorrows (garlanding poor Ophelia’s demise, no less), it

The Essence of Wine: Green Wood

Image © 2013 Leigh Beisch A childhood spent out-of-doors yields memories of many scents, including the vivid astringency that marked

The Essence of Wine: Graphite

Image © 2013 Leigh Beisch Perhaps if you were well-behaved or maybe just lucky, your teacher sent you to the

The Essence of Wine: The Sea

Image © 2013 Leigh Beisch With your eyes closed, even absent the screams of wheeling gulls, and the throaty slap

The Essence of Wine: Grapefruit

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch Pendulous globes of yellow dangling like suns from their leafy boughs must have been tempting

The Essence of Wine: Licorice

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch Many of the world’s true delicacies walk the razor’s edge between danger and deliciousness. Licorice

The Essence of Wine: Melon

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch The melon is hard to ignore. Its fullness, dangling awkwardly at the end of a

The Essence of Wine: Strawberry

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch Bright gems nestled under tiny green canopies represent the perfect summer treasure for fingers small

The Essence of Wine: Lychee

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch For what other fruit would Chinese emperors establish networks of galloping couriers to deliver it

The Essence of Wine: Bread

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch Science suggests that the smell of freshly baked bread calms us and stimulates the brain

The Essence of Wine: Pears

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch Which is a better testament to its glory? That the oldest languages we know all

The Essence of Wine: Umami

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch The fifth taste. The molecular expression of savory deliciousness that explains what bacon, chicken soup,

The Essence of Wine: Apples

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch In one simple fruit are all man’s sins remembered. Dully reflected in the freckled orb

The Essence of Wine: Blackberries

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch Fingers splotchy dark purple, scratched and pricked. Snags and scrapes and dirty knees. The occasional

The Essence of Wine: Plums

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch The tree has become so beloved that its name has become synonymous with beauty. From

The Essence of Wine: Dried Herbs

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch The mystery of the medicine man’s pouch. The secret to grandmother’s stew. The smell of

The Essence of Wine: Roses

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch Few things in this world are laden in equal weights of symbolism and perfume. For

The Essence of Wine: Dried Fruits

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch Describing the flavor as ancient barely does justice to history. Dried fruits were perhaps the

The Essence of Wine: Blueberries

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch With the feel of suede-like skin on the tongue, a tiny globe yields to pressure

The Essence of Wine: Peaches

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch Few flavors so fully speak of summer as the delightfully juicy sweetness of peaches. Long

The Essence of Wine: Nuts

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch Saying that our relationship with nuts goes back for some time dramatically understates the case.

The Essence of Wine: Garrigue

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch Through crystalline blue skies, the sun all but drips onto your welcoming skin. With eyes

The Essence of Wine: Lemon

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch Bright as sunshine, electric in its sour purity, lemon is one of life’s most essential

The Essence of Wine: Mint

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch From the wailing currents of the river Cocytus, a river nymph named Minthe glimpsed the

The Essence of Wine: Espresso

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch Its discovery in the highlands of Ethiopia remains shrouded in the mystery of lost tribal

The Essence of Wine: Watermelon

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch Its flavors hold memories of long days, green grass, laughter, and innocence. Of all summer

The Essence of Wine: White Flowers

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch One of life’s great, mysterious pleasures can be encountered on a temperate summer evening in

The Essence of Wine: Buttered Popcorn

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch Unmistakably redolent of American childhood, nothing quite compares to the scent of freshly popped corn

The Essence of Wine: Tobacco

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch Broad leaves, kiln fired, transmute a weed into an aromatic wonder that has conquered the

The Essence of Wine: Oranges

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch A fruit, a color. By its name, we shall know it well. From the ancient

The Essence of Wine: Lime

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch Once it was a closely guarded military secret. Anti-scurvy powers lent an indelible nickname to

The Essence of Wine: Exotic Citrus

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch There was a time before lemon and lime, when from the far reaches of the

The Essence of Wine: Green Bell Pepper

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch Christopher Columbus was an unwitting pawn, the tool of a plant with grand designs. The

The Essence of Wine: Red Berries

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch In the depths of the forest, shafts of sunlight pierce through dark green canopies, illuminating

The Essence of Wine: Tropical Fruits

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch The languid allure of the tropics finds some of its most sensuous expression in the

The Essence of Wine: Cured Meats

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch For omnivores, the scent is unmistakable and for many, just as irresistible. From the smoky