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Winner of the 2015 Chairman’s Prize, Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards
“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.
“Astoundingly beautiful” — Food & Wine Magazine
“…winsome descriptions, gorgeous photographs and suggestions of wines in which those characteristics might be found. Great fun.”
— The New York Times
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.
Click the thumbnail below for 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:
Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews Tasting the Visual: A Conversation with Alder Yarrow + His Book, The Essence of Wine
Uncorked In Italy: The Essence of Wine
Domaine Tim: The Essence of Wine
Santa Barbara Independent: Sniffing out Alder Yarrow’s The Essence of Wine
St. Helena Star: Wine Writer to Speak at Books on Wine Festival
Juicy Tales by Jo Diaz: The Essence of Wine
Palate Press: Book Review: The Essence of Wine
The Press Democrat: Wine Books for the Holidays
The New York Times: Best Wine Books of 2014
HereHouston.Com’s Wine Walk: Christmas Shopping for Unique Wine Related Gifts
Bottlenotes: Ideal Holiday Gift for Wine and Food Lovers Alike
Wine & Spirits Magazine: Best Books of the Year
Stanford Magazine: Shelf Life
Tasting Panel Magazine November 2014: Hot Off the Press
Food & Wine Magazine (Online): The 7 Most Surprisng Smells You Can Find in Wine
Wine-Searcher.Com: An Evocative and Sensual Guide to Wine Tasting
Grapecollective.com: Talking “The Essence of Wine” With Alder Yarrow and Leigh Beisch
Jamesonfink.com: Food Photography Philosophy From Leigh Beisch
The San Francisco Chronicle: A Bounty of Books About Wine and Spirits
San Jose Mercury News: Vinography’s Alder Yarrow Pens First Book
Tom Wark’s Fermentation: Finally Something New in the World of Wine
Answers.Com: Joe Roberts reviews The Essence of Wine