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