The Essence of Wine

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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 Talking “The Essence of Wine” With Alder Yarrow and Leigh Beisch Food Photography Philosophy From Leigh Beisch

Forbes.Com: Wine in Words + Pictures: A Book Review of the Book That Almost Wasnt

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

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Clicking the link above will take you to Paypal where you can purchase the book. At this time I am only able to fulfill orders sent to United States destinations, as international shipping has become prohibitively expensive. You can also purchase the $35 version for the Kindle HDX here or the e-book for iPad here.